Recently, there was a rumor going around that Nintendo may be working on a true 3DS successor and that it was not the Nintendo Switch. This comment had rendered some of us perplexed when apparently, there was talk that a new platform was being developed to succeed the very popular Nintendo 3DS. Of course, with the arrival of the Nintendo Switch, it would leave this new platform in a weird position. The Switch is made to incorporate both the home console experience and the handheld portable action. So, having another platform showing a portable experience besides the Switch, it would be misplaced and redundant.
President and CEO of Nintendo Mr. Kimishima has confirmed that Nintendo is not working on a new platform to succeed the Nintendo 3DS right now. This comes as somewhat as a relief because the Nintendo Switch is indeed the platform Nintendo is unleashing to support both home console and portable gaming. It would not make sense to make an extra handheld.
“We are not creating a successor to the 3DS right now. We are, however, still thinking of portable systems. We are thinking of ways that we will be able to continue bringing portable gaming systems out, so yes, we are thinking of different ways to continue the portable gaming business.”