There are still many years in its lifecycle to go, but it's pretty obvious right now the Switch is going to be one of the most successful, if not the most successful, product Nintendo has ever invented. It's selling at breakneck speed, its first-party games are almost always million-sellers, and it's become a haven for indie developers tired of taking chances on Steam.
Time will tell us if it eventually outsells the Wii, but this Friday it's set to get a massive boost with the release of the Nintendo Switch Lite. Rumored since before the Switch even released, the Switch Lite is a portable only version of the hit hardware. With upcoming titles like Pokémon Sword/Shield and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as its expansive selection of games currently available, it'll no doubt be the hottest hardware this holiday season.
Unfortunately, its release puts Nintendo's other handheld in an awkward position. While Nintendo insists Switch Lite isn't killing off the Nintendo 3DS, in the same way it always insists its new hardware isn't killing off its old hardware, it's tough to not see this as the end of the road for the 3DS. There are still a handful of titles in development for it, but it's past its prime. And that's not me knocking it.