Is Nintendo Working On A New Handheld System?
When asked about the possibilities of a 3DS remodel (a Lite or XL model with a second circle pad) in a recent interview with IGN, Miyamoto said “I feel like I’m satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is… What we’re thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld.”
Now don’t get your torches and pitchforks just yet, 3DS owners, this is no official announcement; Nintendo isn’t going to be releasing a new handheld next March. Hardware development requires a lot of planning and testing across multiple years. So if Nintendo really is beginning work on an entirely new handheld, it’s still a few years off at the very least. It seems the point Mr. Miyamoto is making is that Nintendo is happy with the product they have right now, and any new ideas that they may want to implement to a handheld is just being saved for its next generation offering.
With the Wii U just around the corner, a new handheld so soon is even more unlikely. It’s likely that Miyamoto is stalling to keep the focus on their new console. Nintendo’s priority right now is pushing out Wii Us this holiday season. That being said, Nintendo likes to keep secrets, so next holiday could very well leave us with a new 3DS model. The 3DS still has a lot of life left in it, but it’s looking like we can’t expect it to have the 7-year lifespan that the DS had.
No. The 3DS is fine as it is, an XL is acceptable but this device will last a long time. Stop that Nintendo.