Nintendo having Japanese 3DS press event Friday morning US time

The 3DS looks to be on the road to recovery following its huge price cut back in August. Sales have been steadily improving, games like Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 look like potential blockbusters, and its biggest handheld competition, the PS Vita, isn't hitting the US and UK until after the all-important holiday season. Now it looks like something else is brewing for the system, as Nintendo has a press event scheduled for Friday night Japan time, but just what will be revealed is shrouded in mystery.


According to Andriasang the event is titled “Nintendo 3DS New Information Internet Presentation" and will be a pre-recorded affair hosted by Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata. We don’t want to get your hopes up as the last Japan-only press event was a little bit of a letdown (though a new Mario Tennis and Fire Emblem is nothing to sneeze at), but just what could this be? Though we’d like to think it could be something as big as a new Pokemon or Metroid game or possibly even a system redesign, we’re aiming our sights a little lower. Perhaps they’ll finally update the 3DS software with new Find Me quests and puzzle pieces. Or how about a more concrete release date than “before the end of 2011” for those GBA Ambassador games?

You’ll be able to watch the stream here, though it seems the event will be only in Japanese and will broadcast at 4:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. But whatever happens, we’ll keep you posted.

Oct 19, 2011



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  • Smash_Bro - October 21, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    Why did I think there would be a translator? >_<'
  • D0CCON - October 20, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    Instead of requiring its own battery, the second stick attachment will double as a stronger battery that will let the 3DS's battery life last about as long as a regular DS. That's the impossible pipe dream I want.
  • codystovall - October 20, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    The Ds let me down kinda, I loved it and wanted to collect a good game from every major nintendo title from mario bros to pokemon to pikmin. That obviously didnt happen but I have hope for the 3ds. I have plans to buy get one for holidays but we'll see what this is first.
  • emeraldphoenix7 - October 20, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    Nintendo just registered the domain name Could this be a hint at what's to come on Friday?
  • codystovall - October 20, 2011 10:15 a.m.

  • Joco84 - October 20, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    they wouldn't dare announce a new system re-design this side of christmas - with no games supporting it until the new year it would be suicide if they did that. I suspect GBA ambassador games and new Zelda / Metroid / Star Fox game (delete 1 or 2 of those).
  • shawksta - October 20, 2011 1:18 a.m.

    Also, Fire emblem 3DS looked freakin amazing, especially the 16Bit map, beutiful anime style and then 3D model battling! Thats gonna be a system seller, especially in japan!
  • shawksta - October 20, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    If Anything, I hope we hear more about Super Mario 3D Land, considering that leaked image of Boomerang Mario! It was confirmed that Nov. 4 will be the 3DS Firmware update, they'll possibly remind us about that in the event aswell.
  • tris-browne - October 20, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    GTA 3 10th Anniversary for the 3DS would be very interesting. GTA in 3D for the first time ...? I doubt it but you can only wish ...
  • Z-man427 - October 19, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    Just the GBA Ambassador games would have me happy. A system redesign this early would be too much of a stretch. Give that another 6 months or so.
  • Linktoreality - October 19, 2011 11:26 p.m.

    I'd be okay with an announcement on the Ambassador games. On the other hand, an announcement of a new Pokemon would make my week!
  • ThatGamerDude - October 19, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    We all know they're going to announce the successor to the 3DS... the 4DS! Why? Because 3D isn't good enough. People want 4D, real virtual reality and what better time than now! Jokes aside they could be announcing anything for the 3DS but if I had to guess then I'd would say a new smaller more efficient version of the 3DS with lower power consumption, smaller screen, that kind of stuff. And no its not going to be the 3DSHD because that'll never happen on a DS ever. Okay i'm done now.
  • R-ape - October 19, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    Remember when the PS3 was the stereotype for a console that "doesn't have any games?" Yeah. You remember.
  • Turboash - October 19, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    It's quite obvious... 3DS in brown!
  • taokaka - October 20, 2011 1:25 a.m.

    Don't go making such a wild prediction, it's just that we all know nintendo are huge burgundy fanboys and who can blame them, for me buying a second 3ds in burgundy would be the easiest money spent ever.
  • Smash_Bro - October 19, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    "Perhaps they’ll finally update the 3DS software with new Find Me quests and puzzle pieces. Or how about a more concrete release date than “before the end of 2011” for those GBA Ambassador games?" The conference will most likely consist of the above. I remember reading something that said there would be an update for Find Mii later this year. And yeah, what about our GBA Ambassador games?? The NES games were a bit of a letdown... Though I must say, I'm enjoying all of Nintendo's recent press conferences. They feel like mini-E3s!

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