The 3DS price-drop was disheartening for many early adopters, though rumors are it’s not going to be the last blow that Nintendo “Ambassadors” will be dealt. Nintendo is supposedly holding a pre-Tokyo Game Show event for the 3DS on September 13 - a rumor that has already lead to a small bump in the company’s stock according to Bloomberg Japan. While Nintendo may be using this time to talk about improved sales, tease upcoming games, or announce release dates, word on the street is that they’ll be taking the stage to announce a full-blown redesign of the 3DS.
This 3DS reboot rumor comes from French site 01Net, which cites a source from within Nintendo claiming that the 3DS will re-launch in 2012, sporting a remodeled body and a second circle pad. Nintendo is apparently disappointed that it didn’t originally include a second circle pad with the 3DS, and hopes to not only add one in this new iteration, but to create a detachable version for the current 3DS that will retail for around $10. Looking at our current 3DS it’s hard to imagine exactly how that would work, but we have a feeling Nintendo’s designers have some trick up their sleeves.
Also of interest is the rumored new 3DS’s second big alteration: moving the focus away from 3D, and possibly even changing the name of the system. If the rumor is to be believed, Nintendo is going to "radically tone down" the emphasis on the system’s 3D capabilities with the new iteration, distancing themselves from the fledgling handheld’s lackluster reception. As is the case with rumors of this magnitude there’s a change that some, none, or all of it is correct. It could just mean that the 3DS is going to be getting a new advertisement campaign that focuses more on the connectivity, games, and enhanced graphics, but it’s too soon to tell for sure.
Nintendo has already
come out with a typical, “We do not comment on rumor or speculation,” but with
September 13 just around the corner we won’t need to wait long to find out the
Aug 23, 2011