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Forget about a hardware revision for 3DS - Nintendo's thinking about next gen instead

Nintendo is busy dreaming up new handheld tech, but it isn't going to be a hardware revision for 3DS - it's for the next-generation of Nintendo's portable systems. In a recent interview with IGN, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked whether there would be a similar 'XL' redesign for 3DS as successfully released for the original Nintendo DS. He replied:

"I really feel like I'm satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it's the best for this generation. What we're thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld."

Above: The existing hardware's 'best', apparently. Now if they could just decide on the colour...

Don't jump to the conclusion that 3DS is going to be superceded any time soon, though. Remember, Nintendo itself said at E3 that Wii U development began as soon as Wii launched, so a new handheld is hardly going to be formed, finalised and produced overnight. But it is surprising that a hardware revision should be denied so flatly, especially as it's happened so frequently in Nintendo's past.

Miyamoto reportedly then went on to play down the need for a second analogue stick built into the device, pointing to the gyroscope feature as a way to accommodate any need for more analogue aiming. We would have pointed to DS Metroid's use of the stylus also, but hey - we're not Shigeru Miyamoto, so what do we know?

Still, it does make us wonder what the premise for the next Nintendo handheld is in Miyamoto's mind right now. Three screens? Holograms? Or maybe a headset-style viewer that you look into to view 3D images... oh yeah, they've done that one.

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18 comments

  • BladedFalcon - June 13, 2012 5:19 a.m.

    "I really feel like I'm satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is." Yeah... And releasing a peripheral that adds a rather important elements for playing games clearly shows how perfect the 3DS hardware is, and how it clearly couldn't have been better nor it doesn't need any improvements *rolls eyes*
  • ParagonT - June 13, 2012 6:50 a.m.

    Yeah, it's obvious that what he means by "satisfied" is actually; "Why put more money and time into improvements? Ever since the price cut, they've been selling like hot cakes. I ain't even mad!"
  • Cyberninja - June 13, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Dude that peripheral has only been used for 5 games and one of them is to accommodate lefties and it is optional for everything else so clearly it is very important indeed.
  • BladedFalcon - June 13, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    Yes, because a second analog stick hasn't been proven to be useful at ALL for the last 2 entire console generations. I don't even understand why every traditional console controller has them. *rolls eyes* That Nintendo hasn't made good use of the pad it's indicative of how, as usual, they poorly support they own peripherals. Not that the idea or peripheral itself it's important.
  • Cyberninja - June 13, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    Wasn't the pad only made so capcom would put monster hunter on 3ds in the first place, so I really wouldn't even consider it nintendo's own peripheral, since after all capcom uses it the most. also I am not denying the fact that second analog can be useful, but the type of games its used for aren't usually found on handheld which is why it still isn't a necessity, like with vita the 2 shooters it has both scored pretty poorly and gravity rush lets you use the gyro controls instead of the sticks if you want.
  • SiPod - June 13, 2012 6:01 a.m.

    Good on him. Games should be built around the hardware, not the other way around. Maybe that's a little black-and-white but it's only my opinion anyway.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 13, 2012 6:20 a.m.

    You made it seem like from the title that they were already releasing a 3DS-2
  • ncurry2 - June 13, 2012 7:11 a.m.

    Glad to hear it. I had been waiting to see if a revision was in the works before finally breaking down and buying one. I ordered it a few days ago before hearing there won't be a revision. Glad it's not the other way around :D
  • Japanaman - June 13, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    They need to release a tablet with buttons so you can use it as one screen or two screens and you should be able to touch either screen and swap screens, play vertically or horizontally and have buttons similar to Wonderswan and Lynx.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - June 13, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    what the fuck i havent even got a 3ds yet. what the fuck nintendo just stop all of this bullshit first the wii u now this bnuch of crap. stop trying to appeal to the 15 yr old kids who buy this crap day in day out... no that I have had my say I'm off to play on my DS. grow up miyamoto
  • Cyberninja - June 13, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Dude calm down, they just started planning the new system, its not coming out for a long time just like how they started planing wiiu when wii was released it still took a few years for it to be released to the public
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - June 13, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    oh ok lol... but we where never told abotu the wii u whereas now we are being told about the 3ds 2. Im fed up with these bloody companies not caring about their customers all they have to do is wait a fe wmore years to build up the hype... idiots
  • angelusdlion - June 13, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    So did you even read the article before you ranted? Because it clearly states that.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - June 14, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    exactly thats what ive been trying to tell everyone else
  • Hobogonigal - June 14, 2012 12:48 a.m.

    They didn't confirm anything, just said that they were happy with the product that they sent out. C'mon, there are plenty of other valid things to rage at compared to this.
  • BackwaterRifle - June 13, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    I just thought Nintendo was just about to shaft me hard. Bu this is good news, especially for early adopters.
  • codystovall - June 13, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Its a trap. Also XL isnt really a redesign and I actually would want a bigger 3ds.
  • IceBlueKirby - June 13, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    I was still using my original "phat" DS long after the Lite and XL came out, and the only reason I bought a GBA SP was for the backlight, so a 3DS revision wouldn't do anything for me. I'm glad to see they at least appear to be thinking about how to make their next handheld better (not that there's anything wrong with the 3DS) instead of trying to figure out how they can milk every last dollar out of the system down the line.

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