'3DS Lite' not in the cards, at least in the short term

3DS manufacturing has been optimized so that there won't be a need for a slimmer version of the system - at least not in the short term, says Nintendo research and development guy Kenichi Sugino.

"We don’t have any short term plans for creating a more compact version of Nintendo 3DS like we did with Nintendo DS Lite," said Sugino in a recent interview with MCV.

Compare that to the DS - barely a year after it launched, Nintendo came out with the DS Lite, a much slimmer and slicker-looking system. But the 3DS already uses "all the tricks" Nintendo used to create the DS Lite, and more, says Sugino.

Of course, Sugino is only talking about the "short term" - we wouldn't be surprised if, in a few years, the system is reinvigorated with new hardware. Nevertheless, if you're holding off on buying a 3DS because you expect a quick hardware redesign, you might be waiting longer than your expected.

[Source: MCV]

Jan 28, 2011




  • Crimmy - January 31, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    How short is short term?
  • chiz - January 30, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    I hope they wait a while before releasing a new version
  • keltar93 - January 29, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    Sure there won't be, Nintendo. That's what you say every time
  • Robusken - January 28, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    I'm sure by now they know how to make a DS system. The whole point of a dsi was the camera, 3DS has 3 cameras. The XL was sort of a novelty, and thats the only other version of this system that I can see coming out later on.
  • BlueEevee - January 28, 2011 11:49 p.m.

    If its the same kind of redesign they did with the Lite, I will stick with the original. The original was gameboy incarnate while the Lite was cheaply made in comparison.
  • grappler51 - January 28, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    Damn, I was hoping I could wait a few months for a redesign announcement, but looks like I'm gonna have to get the original 3DS
  • bobbybroccoli - January 28, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    LoZ Oot better come in a gold box. Anyway, I estimate we hear about the 3dsi in 2013.
  • ChiefLethal - January 28, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    I'm going to wait. 6 mo from now, 3DS lite will be announced. Of course they won't announce a second, better version will be coming out a short while after the first. Everyone would pass on the shit one and wait for the new one.
  • Ilyere - January 28, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    These hardware redesigns are so pointless. There's been four versions of the DS, I swear the 3DS better not follow.
  • essiy - January 28, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    I was worried about that, I mean a price like that and the looming thought of a quick hardware design honestly had me wondering. I had the original DS (and I still do) I just recently picked up a DSI and when I got my original DS I was unlucky enough to get it a month before the DS lite. I was pissed. Now that my fears have been proven wrong I can continue with my plan for getting one on the release date.
  • db1331 - January 28, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Well that was my biggest fear. They announced the XL right after I got a DSi. I might still hold out in hopes that they make a gold one to release with the new 3DS Zelda...

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