Posted by Evolve on Jun 20, 2018 | In: General News
It's officially been a week since E3 2018 and Nintendo's digital conference, as well as the start of their Treehouse Live shows. And there's a lot of debate as to how well Nintendo actually did at E3 2018. On one hand, they did announce some new games like Daemon X Machina and Super Mario Party. As well as revealing upcoming major 3rd party acquisitions like Fortnite (which is out now), Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more. Then, of course, there's Smash Bros Ultimate. However, many eagle-eyed gamers noticed two things were missing from all parts of Nintendo's E3: The Nintendo 3DS and the mobile games.
Earlier in the year, Nintendo commented that they were planning to support the 3DS not just through 2018, but into 2019, and even "beyond". During a Nintendo Direct a few months back, they did announce some games for 3DS, but most of them were ports of older titles. As for the mobile market, Nintendo has claimed it's still a priority, and have noted that their next major title will be Mario Kart Tour. But, where are they? And when will they be announced?
During E3 2018, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime talked with IGN about the missing properties and noted several things. First, he commented on the status of the 3DS, noting that they are still driven to bring new titles to the system, and he states that they will be making announcements both soon and in the months to come. An interesting thing he did note though was that Nintendo believes the 3DS will continue to sell strong, "In the Americas." That's interesting as it might be interpreted as Nintendo is focusing 3DS sales here because they're doing very well here.
In fact, last December the 3DS sold 1.5 million units in that month in the US alone. And sales have apparently been doing just as well in the opening months of 2018. We'll have to wait and see what is announced when it's announced, and when it is coming.
As for the mobile games, Reggie did note the status of Mario Kart Tour, stating that it is still in development, but more importantly, Nintendo felt that E3 actually wasn't the best place to announce and show off the title. According to him, there is going to be a "better opportunity" in the future, which may mean a Nintendo Direct which is either fully or partially dedicated to it. Nintendo has done this in the past with games like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as well as Fire Emblem Heroes.
He also made sure to note that the game is still on track to be released within this fiscal year. Which goes into next March. However, given Nintendo's desire to keep their mobile market of titles flowing, it's very likely that the game will release before the end of the calendar year.