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Will Nintendo produce another handheld?

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The last Handheld that Nintendo made, I think was the Nintendo 2DS, but I may be wrong. Either way, we haven't had anything newer than the 3DS. When do you think we'll see the next Nintendo handheld? 

I suppose you could argue that the switch is their new handheld, but I don't agree with that. I guess the Switch Lite may be their current one, but I still would love to see a new DS console at some point. Do you think that'll happen? Or will it be Switch from here on out? 

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Docking ability aside, how is the Switch not a handheld?

Apart from that, I think after seeing the success of the Switch, Nintendo is probably moving to a portable/handheld market. Possibly entirely, and leaving Xbox and PlayStation to duke it out over home consoles.

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On 8/5/2020 at 12:23 PM, The Blackangel said:

Docking ability aside, how is the Switch not a handheld?

Apart from that, I think after seeing the success of the Switch, Nintendo is probably moving to a portable/handheld market. Possibly entirely, and leaving Xbox and PlayStation to duke it out over home consoles.

Do you think we'll ever see a new DS/3DS console? Or will the switch be their new handheld from here on out? 

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I doubt it. While it was extremely popular, and featured games that haven't been ported to the Switch, (such as Zelda OoT) unless there were massive upgrades it would be more of a step backwards than anything. They're still selling games for it, but I don't think they're making the system anymore and have no plans to do so. I played the DS/3DS a bit, but always preferred my GBASP over it. With the capabilities of the Switch, and it's popularity, I don't think we'll see another in the DS line being produced.

But I'm not a prophet or even a Nintendo insider, so I can't say for certain one way or another.

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Now, with the Switch being portable, I think there is not need for another handheld. Old Nintendo handhelds were light version of the main consoles, now the have 2 in 1, if you have the potence of a main console with the option of being handheld, you already have the handheld sector covered. The Switch Lite is exlusivelly portable, still it is the same machine that normal Switch.

But as you said, we are not prophets, maybe they launch a handheld device with inferior potence that the Switch, but a lot cheaper with other exclusive games, or myabe they could launch a Game Boy Classic Edition or similar.

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You made good points @johnlink. But if you go back to the original Game Boy, and count through every Nintendo hand held up to the Switch, they have only consistently gotten more powerful and better. I could easily be completely wrong, but until I know differently, I still think Nintendo is going to focus more on the portable market. The PSP and PS Vita never did all that well, and Xbox never released any kind of handheld, so they would essentially have a monopoly on the market. For the time being anyway.

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Yes I think handhled is very important for Nintendo, but the Switch could be the answer to both markets, it's is a TV console, but is handhled too. A importnat thing I noticed in this generation is that a main Pokémon game is in the Switch. In all generations, all main Pokémon games are made for the handheld console, and the TV console get spin-offs. with Switch the line between a main console and a portable one is really blurry. We don't know of Switch is the successor of Wii U or 3DS, or both, or none. Before Switch release they said that Wii U would have a successor different from Switch, but today they are not saying it anymore, so maybe Switch is ultimate hybride to cover both markets, but the future will tell us.

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