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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Eddie Makuch

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edhc44
edhc44

Nice way to grab clicks on a useless article

syntaxkt
syntaxkt

Nintendo is the king of revisions and milking games.  Donkey Kong Country has been on almost every single nintendo portable. And they wanted to remake Link to the Past on the 3DS (maybe that's a good thing) before the developers decided they wanted to make a sequel instead.

gigantor21
gigantor21

So...what changed their minds I wonder?

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @gigantor21 Based on Nintendo's longtime handheld history, they always were going to do this, but they didn't want to lose sales at that time. People deciding to wait for a better upcoming model, etc.

SolidTy
SolidTy

@gigantor21


This is why people should not trust PR. I posted in this news back in 2012 and I tried explaining it to users then we can't believe Nintendo PR. It's there job to sell us their wares, not be honest about all their plans.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

 "no new 3DS model was unveiled last week during E3 2012."  True, it was unveiled in 2014.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Well, this was just a big lie, wasn't it?

strafeyy
strafeyy

Was literally about to say this hahahaha.


rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Nintendo handheld's have gotten almost yearly updates since the original in 1989 right? So why would this change? It's Nintendo's business model...that and nostalgia.

askafahu
askafahu

I just saw this below gamespot's video where they are comparing the old version with the newer one... Oh the irony

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@askafahu Yeah, especially given the title of the article.  New 3DS unlikely. LOL

Liquid_
Liquid_

Im really tired and I could be misreading this..is this stating that the new 3DS LL is not releasing anymore?

lostn
lostn

Wow.. reading this now, it sounds like some cruel joke.


"New 3DS unlikely"

"Mario creator says latest portable will buck Nintendo's trend of iterating on design"


Yeah right you liars.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@lostn I saw the link to this article at the bottom of a GameFAQs page, as thought it was implying that the New 3DS was being scrapped or something.

ropumar
ropumar

No region lock please. And more digital purchase options.

these are the only things that kept me far away from nintendo for so long and made me get psp vita instead of 3ds.

Paulf001
Paulf001

Maybe because they already released, 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS and New 3DS XL.  So whats the point saying they aren't going to release another 3ds when they already released 5 versions of it.

Rufus_the_rat
Rufus_the_rat

lol since this article came out Nintendo have vomited out 3 more 3DS revisions for $$$

Monaro213
Monaro213

@Rufus_the_rat Why else would they 'vomit out revisions'? Because they could? They're a business, they kinda have to keep producing products to generate income.

parabol69
parabol69

The 3DS is the reason why the Wii U is a failure.  I like our Wii U, but the fact of the matter is that it's an afterthought for Nintendo when compared to the garbage 3DS.

arjunrajshekhar
arjunrajshekhar

I like how my "Around The Web" feed shows this article right next to the article that announces the new 3ds. GS, y u f*** wid me liek dis

xbr85
xbr85

We all saw how that went....

hemoleech
hemoleech

Why is GameFAQs linking to articles that are years old? I keep thinking these are actually new until I look at the date.

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.

lostn
lostn

@Axe_Armor That's because they have to.. the games are designed around that limitation. But if they had two sticks, the games would be designed differently. And better.


If there was a game that needed them, you won't see it. That's why it seems every game plays fine with only one stick. The reality is, not every game does. The ones that don't just won't get made. Having two sticks means you get more types of games, and developers get more freedom.

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.