New 3DS unlikely, Nintendo planning next-gen portable - Miyamoto

Mario creator says latest portable will buck Nintendo's trend of iterating on design, company thinking about ideas for future-generation portable.

Despite ample precedent, Nintendo is unlikely to release a revised iteration of the 3DS, according to comments from Shigeru Miyamoto made to IGN. Instead, the famed developer said the Tokyo game giant's sights are now focused on a 3DS successor.

Don't expect a new 3DS model, Miyamoto says.

"I really feel like I'm satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it's the best for this generation," Miyamoto said. "What we're thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld."

The original DS was iterated on three times with the DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL. Miyamoto went on to explain that more can be done with current 3DS hardware, as well as the 3D gaming sector in general.

Miyamoto's comments follow a report last week from Japanese business daily Nikkei that indicated Nintendo was readying a supersized 3DS model. The system was to be unveiled during Nintendo's 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo briefing and boast a 4.3-inch display. Nintendo shot down this report, calling it conjecture, and no new 3DS model was unveiled last week during E3 2012.

For more on the announcements Nintendo did make during its marquee E3 2012 media briefing, check out GameSpot's coverage of the event.

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219 comments
Quezakolt
Quezakolt

The 3DS is a cheap system. My sceen has an angle and the XL I touch screen is bumpy.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Let it be known that many people are owned in here for believing Miyamoto. Clearly he has egg on his face as one week after his declarations, Nintendo announced the very product he denied. A 3DS XL. I told everyone here it's Nintendo PR, they don't want to hurt sales of the current model, but nooooo...and here we are. Well, let this be a lesson to you youngins.

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

They must not like money because sales increased with every new release of the DS family.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I don't get this article. First Miyamoto said not planning on making a new 3DS, but more can be done on the 3DS?

megakick
megakick

A Duel analog sticks model would be a big + for the 3DS

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Your kidding me? No two analog sticks? Just a crappy attachment?

theshonen8899
theshonen8899

I would love a 3DS XL. Bigger screens, better battery life, better stylus positioning, and better comfort would be awesome.

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

I really don't see a need for two Circle Pads. 3DS games play just fine without them.

BlackLense
BlackLense

"Don't expect a new 3DS model, Miyamoto says"Look like they refuse to make new 3DS with dual circle pad.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Any console is only as good as its software - support is whats required for this gen's handhelds - definately not a new hardware revision from either sony or nintendo.

Celsius765
Celsius765

Meh all I;d want from a redesign is louder speakers,lower the frame of the body from the bottom screen so no to screen scratching, and switch the body from glossy to matte. Oooh also customizable home menu

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

I'm gonna have to buy one now to get 'Fire Emblem 3DS.' Loved those turn-based strategy games since 'Shining Force II' on Genesis.

jhpeter
jhpeter

" I feel like it's the best for this generation,"

 

Your feelings are not connected with the entire gamer comunity. Only a 3DS LL can save Nintendo now, since Wii U is a bad joke like was showed in E3.

pqwoei
pqwoei

And here I thought they're going to release a version with 2 joysticks, well one can only hope

kinghorn316
kinghorn316

Vita cant even stream videos some high performance console ye total next gen

kinghorn316
kinghorn316

I bought my 3ds on launch day and am still well happy with it defo dont need another one out yet

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

Miyamoto is probably worried that if people think a 3ds xl is just a few months away from being released that sales of the 3ds will dry up. Letting people know that the 3ds is not getting a update any time soon helps get them off the fence and out buying a 3ds. The price drop on the dsi and dsi xl were also tactics to get people off the fence and out buying the current hardware.

MrBlutzIII
MrBlutzIII

I don't even understand Nintendo anymore, what the heck are they doing?, why cant they go back to making good systems like nintendo64 and Gamecube, and stop this WiiU crap. and now even deciding to not continue with 3ds right after making it? if they pop out a new handheld in the next year or so i'm selling my 3DS and saying forget Nintendo

XBOXer_lt
XBOXer_lt

Those of you who want to buy 3DS, should do so, because next gen 3DS is only being considered yet. There will be years before we get to even see it. Why wait so damn long? You might just as well wait 20 years for fifth gen 3DS then. Some people...

XBOXer_lt
XBOXer_lt

I'll get Vita instead. At least I can expect descent first party support when time comes.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Handhelds HAVE to deliver what consoles don't.  With Wii U, theyre kind of killing the handheld industry.  If the tablet could used outside the home, the 3DS would be pointless.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Thank goodness!  I don't want to deal with transferring data to a new 3DS.

alterzero
alterzero

Oh, the 3DS is co CUTE, but nothing else regrettably, come on Nintendo, gives an HD version of this toy, I want HD resolution, 1280 x 720 at least, even cellphones have it, Nintendo keeps on being cheap!... u_u

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

Isn't it obvious!!?  The Vita came out and Nintendo was like Holy SH!T!!!  We are like 2 generations behind now.  Let's start working on the 3DSXL Lite and add a better battery!!  Uhhhgggg, Nintendo needs to go the way of Sega and just become a game maker.  Stop with the hardware mistakes.  The WiiU is looking like another mistake.  God I miss my Gamecube!

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

Great. Now show me a legitimate reason to buy a 3Ds in the first place, and we'll be all set... Not even "Resident Evil: Whatever" has caused me to bite. My DS Lite is as far as I'll be going, I think. 3D is BS, and only a gimmick tacked on for eye candy, adding nothing to the actual GAME.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

So Nintendo is going to release a new DS iteration every 2 years?  Reminds me of EA and it's sports franchises.  Aren't you Nintendo fanboys sick of Nintendo not sticking with ONE handheld?  Or are you sick of the fact that Nintendo can't seem to put dual analog controls on their handhelds?  I am really questioning Nintendo's brain trust.

robfield
robfield

 @SolidTy

I know its an excuse, but making the 3DS "larger" doesn't make that much of a hardware difference. It's not like the DS lite or DSi that had significant changes.

rarson
rarson

 @LongJohnSlivers

 

The Wii U is not portable. You cannot take the Wii U controller out of range of the console and still play games on it.

 

And I'm marking this comment as spam as well.

jhpeter
jhpeter

 @kinghorn316  I prefer my 3DS over my Vita, in matter of games, but if N launched a 3DS XL , LL would be perfect, a 4:3 3DS would match Vita for good !

grbolivar
grbolivar

 @digitaltiger Nintendo is playing smart. They know a lot of people have not bought the 3DS waiting for the 3DS XL, so they say they will not be releasing it so all those people go buy it, specially this december so they can make a nice profit in holidays. But you'll see, next E3 there will be the big news: "Nintendo reveals the 3DS LL with a 4" screen and 20hr battery life!".

ministerkataoka
ministerkataoka

@MrBlutzIII You're getting your panties all worked up over nothing. Do you really think they will kill off the 3DS after its finally hit its stride after all the doom and gloom of last year? Don't be stupid. As other said, they're gonna stick to one model of the 3DS and will not pull a billion revisions of it like t he DS and the PSP. There wil be no 3DS Lite, no 3DS LL, no 3DS jumbo, no 3DS 2000, and no 3DS Go with no cart slot. This also means that the circle pad pro shall remain an accessory and will never be permanently attached to a stand alone system. I don't know why you are crying. This is good news.

Flint247
Flint247

 @GinsuVictim They are making this news for the people that are waiting for a "3DS Lite" or a revision and saying it is okay to buy a 3DS now. Of course there is going to be a successor afterwards, but successors do not come until like 5-6 years after a system is released.

rarson
rarson

 @GinsuVictim

 

Actually, if anything, they're saying go ahead and buy one. The DS had so many updates, consumers were left wondering whether they should buy the newest one or wait for the next version. Nintendo is saying, no, what is out on shelves now is what the 3DS will be until it's replaced by a next-gen successor. Of course they're working on the next handheld; they probably started that before they even released the first one. That doesn't mean it's coming out any time soon.

leeko_link
leeko_link

 @CrusaderForever No, just no, I don't want Mario and Zelda games to be like Sonic and Shining Force. As a 1st party, Nintendo delivers great quality to their game, if they became third party they'll just be lazy and make cash-in year n and year out. They are in good shape now then ever so why want them to change, it's not like they are planning to kill the Wii U and 3DS like Sega want to kill the Dreamcast and the Saturn.

GEBumbleBee
GEBumbleBee

 @MonkeySpot 

 

You don't know what you're talking about... I can understand perhaps why you think its a gimmick because up until the 3DS it has been a gimmick in gaming but w/ some of the grade A quality games the 3DS has released I believe it to be the best thing to happen to, "Graphics" in two generations (Since PS2 / Xbox).  It adds a level of immersion that better and better processors can't.  Graphics @ this point are nearly photo realistic... so what more can be done?  3D changes that... and the 3DS is brilliant in my opinion.  I'd recommend checking out Shadow Wars, PilotWings, MarioKart7, Kid Icarus, Zelda OoT just to name a few to show what the 3DS can do.

ministerkataoka
ministerkataoka

@MonkeySpot Translation: I'm poor, give me money to buy a 3DS so I can chill with the cool kids.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @robfield Either way, those that just believed the PR in this article were pwned. Hopefully they learn not to trust company PR so quickly next time.....even Miyamoto isn't above lying to us.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @robfield The rumor was about a 3DS XL, a rumor Nintendo denied. The nice thing about the new larger screens on the 3DS XL are that the machine also has a better battery life than the current 3DS. I'm well aware of all of Nintendo's handhelds as I own them all. It was Nintendo PR, plain and simple...they had Miyamoto lie to us. It's fine, they were just denying a rumor. It was just odd they had Mr. Miyamoto go in front of us, only to show us one week later.

drivinggod2005
drivinggod2005

 @rarson I know what he said is untrue, however I cannot see why it's spam tbh :/

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

 @grbolivar

 Wouldn't surprise me if something like what you put forward is Nintendo's strategy, were probably going to hear rumours once and awhile for the next year. Or perhaps the 3ds xl will come out in December, I was hoping it was going to come out in the next month or so but no such luck.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

 @moviequest14 You do know the Vita is leaps and bounds above the 3DS in power right?  I was just using the battery as an example of Nintendo releasing a new iteration of the DS without much of an upgrade.  The 3DS needs a new battery, dual analog sticks, OLED and a bigger screen. Now if they released a new DS with those qualities 5 years from now that would be a great message to their fan base.   The Vita could also benefit from a new battery but I haven't had any issues with battery life yet.  I usually play from 2-5 hours.    Releasing new DS iterations every few years doesn't gain consumer confidence.

MrFwibbles
MrFwibbles

 @leeko_link They're practically doing that already with New Super Mario Bros. Mii, Hiim, Her, U and U2.

GEBumbleBee
GEBumbleBee

 @CrusaderForever 

You do know that the 3DS is KILLING the Vita in sales right?  I'm interested in the Vita because I am starting to become more a, "Mobile Gamer" but to knock the 3DS and praise the Vita is stupid.  3DS is a WAY better experience in terms of quality games right now by comparison.  Not to mention I believe the 3D to be one of the greatest things to happen to, "Graphics" (So to speak) in TWO generations.