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'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