Nintendo preps pre-TGS 3DS event - hardware reboot imminent?

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 truth.

Aug 23, 2011

Source: Andriasang, Eurogamer


  • UsernameLoser - August 28, 2011 7:29 a.m.

    I bought this for the third-party games so don't get the wrong idea. Anyway, I'm pissed because I bought this "PowerPak+" that doubles battery life, and I'm too used to playing for 8 hours. And like all past optional 3DS stuff, It won't be compatible with it.
  • revrock - August 23, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    OK, I love Nintendo. I have been with them since the NES and I have every one of their systems- even Virtua Boy( I am playing through games on my SNES to celebrate its anniversary right now). But should this happen, I am finally going to actually start worrying for real (this after 4 years of watching internet message boards tell me that the Wii was dead and/or doomed). Adding a "detachable thumbstick" to enhance gameplay??? This sounds like a new millennium version of the 32X fer cryin out loud. Say it aint so... say it aint so.
  • Larinah - August 23, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    If they do this, they'd better give me every freaking GBA game ever released, or let me send in my old 3DS for the new system!
  • KnowYourPokemon - August 23, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    I have to agree, given the sales record Black/White had if they had to have made them for the 3DS, maybe even do what they did for Gold/Silver and make them compatible with GB and GBC(full colours when played on a GBC) instead of just made for the 3DS we would have seen a much better launch for the 3DS. As far as them announcing a 3DS remake this soon... I call BS. I definitely don't even in the slightest believe they will add another thumbstick, it would screw up controls too much for anyone with the original 3DS. As far as completely renaming the console goes, I wish they would, but again I doubt it would happen given the game cases would then require both 3DS and <new title> on them. It would just create so much confusion for parents trying to get their kids a 3DS game.
  • Sentient - August 23, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    Or they could know...make games for the system.
  • D0CCON - August 23, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    I can't see them doing anything too drastic until Christmas has come and gone and the large number of great games is out. However, if there is a second circle pad attachment, I hope none of it touches the bottom of the device. That's where I have a battery pak. It doubles battery life, but it won't fit with any Nintendo accessories.
  • Shazamin - August 23, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    I could've swore that I read in an arcticle already that they couldn't add a second thumbstick 'cause of certain internal Hardware spacing issues, and they didn't have room to fit another one in. Doeas anyone else remember reading about this at some point? ReCAPTCHA: Hussey iversV
  • codystovall - August 23, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Kinda wish they would just to see how fanboys would shawksta. Be like that ep of south park where the BP exec keeps saying "we're sorry" halfheartedly.
  • mothbanquet - August 24, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    Yeah but no Captain Hindsight this time.. :(
  • taokaka - August 23, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    didn't the source behind this rumour also say that Vitas RAM was cut in half and that turned out to be false so i call shenanigans.
  • TheKey - August 23, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    I'm calling bull, there's no way they could make the second circle pad come about, because then those who bought a 3DS couldn't play new games on it because they wouldn't have the necessary hardware. And I can't picture the detachable circle pad being anything but clumsy and useless.
  • GameManiac - August 26, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    I'm with TheKey on this one. Why remodel it when it hasn't even hit its first holiday season yet? There's plenty of great games coming soon (Star Fox 64 3D comes out in two weeks by the time I posted his), and I'm not including the 3DS Ambassador Program, something that I'm enlisted in. From what I heard of this event, it was the announcement of "an extremely big title". Of what, I've no idea. Be that as it may, I've already marked September 13th on my calendar.
  • shawksta - August 23, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    I just noticed, how is this the first time we heard nintendo wanting a second thumbstick? Also after going apesh*t sorry for their loyal fans because of a price drop a different version of it is coming already? Im just gonna call BS right now. Even IF it happened previous 3DS owners will probably get a much huger apology. The 3DS doesnt need saving, the ds was in the same situation in its first months, by christmas the games will be flooding and nintendo will get allot of money, surely this rumor is false but we will see.
  • shawksta - August 23, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Nintendo seems to have trouble, if its sales,christams will be a breeze for them cause it usually is. Its hard to imagine a 3DS lite, especially since they cared about their fans for a price drop, something special is most likely gonna happen, since its a rumor, we cant say but lets see what happens.
  • therawski - August 23, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    They could have just released a Mario game when it first launched, Nintendo should have known that we already know that they are going to remake the same hardware twice over, I mean look: Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket, Super Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket Light (lucky Japan) Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Advance SP, Gameboy Advance SP with a brighter screen, DS, DSlite, DSi, DSiXL, 3DS... Did I miss one? I like I'm getting some free games as an ambassador, and I already knew they would make another model, but I blame Nintendo for failing this handheld legacy. They have to decide, are they a software company or a toy company?
  • BackwaterRifle - August 23, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    GBA Micro
  • shawksta - August 23, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    3DS is technically to the DS as GBS is to the GB the 3DS is in the same spot as DS. DS had nothing but a few games and a remake of super mario 64, 3DS is the same except its a remake of Ocarina of time, the games are coming, and its a bit early to announce a new model
  • therawski - August 23, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Gameboy Player was another one I missed. Thing about the original DS was that Mario 64DS was available on launch day and the system came with a free demo for Metroid Prime Hunters, tho it was released over 2 years later it still managed to keep interest and be successful for a first person game on a handheld. If you played Mario 64DS on a DS lite you missed out because the dpad hardware was changed, try it on an original ds, a dsi or 3ds using it's analog pad and you will see it actually was good game. I bought the original DS because I could finally play Mario 64 ANYWHERE (you know where), but what do you immediately associate it with? Probably Pokemon We would have seen a very different launch had Pokemon Black/White been a launch title for 3ds
  • Thequestion 121 - August 23, 2011 2:49 p.m.

  • Rowdie - August 23, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    I just don't see how any of this will save the platform. I don't see any kid I know suddenly going, "Oh yeah, second circle pad. Forget I said I wanted a Touch, get me a 3dsdualcircle instead!"

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