Today I’m going to be discussing something me and a few others have been talking about recently and that being is Nintendo phasing out the DS Consoles.
So I was working the other day and a friend of mine said recently they haven’t seen many DS games coming out and that Nintendo usually releases a new Limited Edition console for fans and collectors to pick up.
But recently they haven’t and it got me thinking, is it the case that the Switch has come out and killed off the sales of the DS Family tree? Are people playing them? Has Nintendo built their perfect console?
Well, today I’m giving my view on that I think Nintendo are thinking and doing.
2004 – 2016 (The DS, DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL)
Back in those years, I believe most people had one of these handheld consoles growing up and if you did you would have been within the 154 Million people that owned one of these models within this time frame and at the time Nintendo must have made a lot of money from this and rightfully so as Nintendo made a great console and I remember my first DS (The Big Bulky One) and the first game I had Project Rub the game at the time was fun and different but looking back I wouldn’t play it now.
Nintendo was thriving with the sales of the DS and the Wii being released in 2006 making Nintendo the most powerful Gaming Company once again, but what went wrong?
2011 – 2018 (The 3DS, 2DS)
Nintendo decided to bring Handheld gaming something different in the Nintendo market trying to do what sony kind of achieved with the PSP and that was 3D Gaming.
Nintendo released the 3DS hoping to get fans to replace their old DS’s and get the new and latest ones and most people did I remember with myself I didn’t bother I stuck with the Xbox 360 and PS3 at the time but through the 7 years, the consoles shifted 74 Million units out to people.
Still, a lot of money to Nintendo but a decreased from the Original models so what went wrong?
Well, Nintendo has publicly stated that the 3D mode of the Nintendo 3DS is not intended for use by children ages six and younger, citing possible harm to their vision which sent parents into overdrive and well stopped most of the ideal target audience in buying it (Well it didn’t stop them) But I remember it being all over the news and online eventually there was a 2D mode brought into the models which saved their bacon a little.
Also in 2011 58-year-old former Sony employee, Seijiro Tomita sued Nintendo for infringing a patent on the 3D screen that obviates the need for 3D glasses. On March 13, 2013, a United States federal jury ordered Nintendo to pay him US$30.2 million in damages.
Reading this blew my mind and must have been a dent within the Nintendo Profits from the units itself.
2017 – 2018 (Nintendo Switch)
Okay so the Nintendo Switch came out in 2017 and blew everyone’s minds with what it can do which was basically a 2 in 1 console a handheld and a console and the advertisement on this console was pretty good and have become a console that can compete with the PlayStation and Xbox and within the year and a bit of its release it has sold 32 Million units which is impressive as it has beaten 3 of Nintendo’s previous consoles (The Disappointing Wii U at 13 Million, Gamecube at 21 Million and the N64 at 31 Million)
So why I feel The DS Is being retired?
I feel the DS is going to be discounted or put on the shelf because I feel Nintendo want to focus on the Switch it may have fewer sales than the DS’s Family tree but it’s only been a year and it’s on 32 Million units the DS only sold 9 Million with its first year and the 3DS sold 15 Million.
I feel the switch is going to get bigger and better over the years I currently don’t own one but I would like the one and I’ve seen people play them and they are a fun little console to have (Plus the idea of playing Skyrim on the go just sells it to Emily)
But also after me and my friend were discussing this I’ve noticed fewer games are being released on the DS and are moving over to the Switch, for example, the home of Handheld consoles Pokemon.
People like me and others learnt that the new Pokemon games are only being released on the Switch which makes sense as the switch is technically a handheld as well. (Info from Shacknews)
Pokemon has always had a home on the handheld since 1996 but looks like Nintendo are making a move for a reason maybe?
In my eyes I think give it 2-3 Years and the DS timeline will come to an end and either something new will be out or the Nintendo Switch will be the newcomer for both Handheld and Console gaming.
Well, thanks for reading people I hope I haven’t bored to too much with this blog post.
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