New rumor surfaces of a 3DS Lite redesign coming this year

Based on Nintendo’s history for redesigning its handheld systems, everyone knows it’s only a matter of time before the system is redesigned in some fashion. Nintendo hasn’t revealed any plans yet, but rumors continue to surface. Rumors like the one in Japanese publication Nikkei Trendy, a stylish mag that predicts a 3DS Lite will go on sale this year, and sooner than you’d think.

The magazine, a well-established periodical that focuses on trends in technology and entertainment, is known for speculation, and this most recent one seems logical. Trendy predicts that the redesign will be lighter and improve the not-so-perfect battery life of the current model, and that the new iteration will be announced as soon as this spring. To us that seems pretty early for an announcement, and it could just be what Trendy hopes will happen as opposed what they believe will happen.

How likely does this sound to you? Were we gamblers (gambling is bad), we’d bet that it's likely there will be a some new version of the 3DS by November of this year. However, the spring before E3 just seems too soon for Nintendo to make such a big move, even if the timing is similar to the time between the launch of the DS and the DS Lite.

Source: Jin115




  • Ravenbom - January 6, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    They're not going to redesign the 3DS, if Nintendo wants a to develop a dual analog touchscreen game with a bigger screen, they're just going to develop for the WiiU. The 3DS is not really a profitable venture right now, so they're going to probably try and make killer apps for the 3DS before they redesign it because they need more people to actually buy the thing before they invest in another redesign on an unprofitable venture.
  • n00b - January 6, 2012 12:32 a.m.

    i just want better battery life
  • Net_Bastard - January 5, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    Nintendo, just put out an XL version. Please. My hands are too big for the 3DS's current size.
  • GameManiac - January 5, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Isn't the 3DS already compacted beyond belief as is?
  • DarkPaladin - January 5, 2012 1:50 a.m.

    Give me an XL version instead. When I do play DS games, I much rather play them on my DSi XL than the 3DS.
  • spawny0908 - January 4, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    First of all is anyone who knows Nintendo's MO truly surprised that a redesign is coming out? *silence* Didn't think so. Second of all a LITE version?! The damn thing is already small as hell start a XL redesign and add some meat to the damn thing!
  • FOZ - January 4, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    Uh, I don't think it'll be "3DS Lite." The system is already as small as a DS Lite and barely weights anything. If anything I would rather this be bigger, so we can get a better d-pad. Also better power button placement and that second circle pad.
  • ACGUY - January 4, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    You should update this the magazine said this was speculation on their part on what a 3ds lite would be if nintendo made one
  • MetaMoss - January 4, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    The thing about this: the 3DS is already pretty damn small. A 3DS XL would be way more likely, in my opinion. A redesign will come, but it definitely won't come until 2013. Nintendo's not that stupid.
  • elsnichkum - January 4, 2012 7:12 p.m.

    Way too soon, the circle pad pro hasn't even been released here yet. If it wasn't for 3d land, I honestly wouldn't have bought one, but god darn it ITS SUPER MARIO 3D LAND!
  • soxknight1127 - January 4, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    im sure theres going to be a redesign this year but it will be with the second analog nub attached. or not because nintendo is still convinced they are Apple and people will buy everything they make.
  • shawksta - January 4, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    Hah, no. Spring IS too early, there WILL be one, but not that early.
  • masterjoe123 - January 4, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    Nintendo isn't that stupid. It is waaaaaayy too early for them to do this. This is definitely just a rumor.
  • fatdog12300 - January 4, 2012 6:28 p.m.

    I'm doubtful. Nintendo has stated many times that they don't plan on a rebuild soon, at it doesn't seem likely that they would outright lie. Plus, spring seems far too early, especially pre-E3. On an unrelated note, It's a little annoying that signing in via the comment box takes you to the homepage, and not the page you were on. The site loads slowly on my computer, and it's a hassle having to load additional pages to comment.
  • GuildedBlood - January 4, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    Nintendo proved it could trump Sony in Japan by beating out PS Vita sales during its launch week. The 3ds is picking up in sales, and it is waaaaayyyyyy too early for a redesign.
  • DevonOO7 - January 4, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    As an 3DS Ambassador, Nintendo would you please stop fucking me so hard.
  • shawksta - January 4, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    Thats the thing, theres still the early Ambassadors like us, if they DO reveal it that early, then they gotta cover damage control for us, they already gave us 20 free games after a price drop, a new 3DS would be too much for them.
  • Redeater - January 4, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    To be fair this stuff happens all the time. I mean look at North America. As much as it disgusts me people line up all the time for slightly newer hardware. It boggles my mind that companies like Apple keep getting away with it. I think it is too early but there are always people to jump on a new 3ds. My idiot co-worker bought a 2nd 3ds just because it was the Zelda themed one and I'm sure he will buy a third when the 2nd analog stick is attached.
  • Gilligan - January 5, 2012 4:08 a.m.

    Again as a day one purchaser, the very thought of a 3DS lite getting announced before the original has even gotten off the ground is annoying.

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