Nintendo to unveil new 3DS at E3 briefing - Report

E3 2012: [UPDATE]: Nintendo denies Nikkei report that a supersized 3DS model is due to be announced at E3 conference tomorrow.

Nintendo will show off a new model of its 3DS handheld console at its E3 conference tomorrow, according to a Nikkei report, as translated by Andriasang.

The model will be one and a half times bigger than the current design, with a 4.3-inch display. Launch could be as soon as this summer in North America, Japan, and Europe, says Andriasang.

The release of a larger 3DS around 18 months after the 3D handheld's initial release in Japan resembles the launch of the Nintendo DSi XL, introduced a year after the camera-adding DSi handheld.

Look for the unveiling of the 3DS XL alongside all the Wii U news at the Nintendo conference tomorrow morning.

[UPDATE]: Nintendo responded to the report by posting a counter on its Japanese-language investor relations site. As translated by Andriasang, the 3DS maker says the Nikkei report was based on conjecture and full of errors. Expect to find out more (one way or the other) at the Nintendo conference Tuesday morning.

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grbolivar
grbolivar

[UPDATE]: this rumor turned out to be actually true, a new revision of the 3DS with bigger screens called 3DS XL was unveiled on June 22 with, look for the news

endorbr
endorbr

Sigh... This was what I've been waiting on to actually buy the stupid thing.  Come on Nintendo, I want the second circle pad before I invest.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

aww too bad this turned out to be a complete and total Bs rumor

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

Why hasn't this article been deleted yet?

Evenios
Evenios

laughs yeah gamespot needs to get their freaking facts streight first.  clearly this was bogus. Way to go yet again...and the news converage from e3 so far is pretty poor.  from gamespot though maybe its cuz this years e3 news kinda sucks.

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

So, no news at all then? 

 

(2-cents, I'm going to buy a 2nd DSXL; before a first 3ds...)

quinnray19
quinnray19

if a new 3ds is to be unveiled it should be one with dual analog sticks, it just make better sense. Why in heaven sakes would they make a bigger 3ds, especially when we currently have to buy a additional device to make the system have dual sticks.......only the extremely ridiculous persons would opt for such a venture of a larger 3ds with the same components as the original.

leeko_link
leeko_link

This rumor would had been true if the Nikkei report and Andriasang know how to shut their mouth about the info. Now that ppl knew of the rumor, Nintendo choose not to introduced the re-design and save it for later. We know Nintendo usually going to make a re-design handheld around two or three years after the original launch.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I was personally surprised at the popularity of the DSi XL.  It seemed completely counterintuitive...people have been clamoring for smaller electronics that do more, not bigger electronic devices that have the same capabilities.  And making the screen bigger only seemed to emphasize the low graphical fidelity of the DS line.

 

But people bought it like hotcakes.  And in multiple colors, no less.

 

Shows what I know.  So at this point a 3DS XL wouldn't surprise me at all.

kingluffyy
kingluffyy

im going to buy a 3ds at the end of the this month.  do you guys sure that no redesign at 3ds? anyone pls. thx :)

penguinguyx
penguinguyx

Too much gimmicky hardware upgrades, not enough substantial ones. Maybe it is a bit early to say that, but the upgrades they choose to highlight are usually the more bleh ones (e.g. bigger screen). What I'm more concerned about are the performance enhancements (e.g. 802.11n?).

carlos96plaza
carlos96plaza

I believed that ff versus would be shown at this e3 conference :(

Evenios
Evenios

before i debunk this ...there is something about a 3ds confrence tommorow. so who knows.

hobotech64
hobotech64

The report was wrong.  Moving on.

Crossel777
Crossel777

Wii U was a massive disappointment along with the entirety of E3.   A 3DS XL would at least be some good news amongst this farce of a E3 we're having.

chyng85
chyng85

I still plan to grab a DSi XL.

Nourtendo
Nourtendo

I think they will actually release a new 3DS now, because the guy said they would. Then the other guys said it wouldn't be there on Tuesday's Press Conference. Then they mentioned that tomorrow there will another special show for 3DS only...

 

What do you think?Possible? 

jhpeter
jhpeter

This looks more interesting than Wii U itself.

laser00
laser00

well...it looks like this point is moot...

 

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

i bought mine at launch knowing they would do this. if it's a big improvement I'll just trade up lol

 

digi-demon
digi-demon

So, a story about a report that is [according to the actual hardware manufacturer] 'full of errors' - top marks :P great reporting GS :P

endorbr
endorbr

If they really want me to throw down the coin for one it will have the 2nd circle pad...

DarknautXXX
DarknautXXX

Give us the second circle pad that should have been there at launch. And an updated Kid Icarus that uses it for the camera.

MEFreak1984
MEFreak1984

If they add a second joystick, and a bigger battery I'll consider it. The Circle Pad Pro was a disappointment for me, it didn't work with the extended life battery I use.

Gamerboy006
Gamerboy006

I really don't want this because I only got my own 3DS September last year, and I'm currently saving up for an Xbox and a Wii U. This is too much Nintendo!

 

Brainsplosion.

vetumbor
vetumbor

I just think one thing.... F***! First the freaking ps4, now this... What next? If the publishers and companies focus on doing new consoles instead of improving their games the market will start to lose consumers

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

This is annoying. I'm a fan of Nintendo and all that, but hell, I just got my 3DS and they're coming out with a new one. I guess it's not REALLY breaking tradition since there were like 40 gameboys (regular, color, pocket, etc.) and gameboy advances (normal, SP, etc) and then the DS itself, but..As much of a smart marketing ploy this may be, at least do something that makes people with the older hardware not feel so obsolete. Hell, I'm broke all the time and I got bills to pay so I rarely get to splurge and enjoy one of my hobbies. I don't know. Maybe it's not such a bad thing, but still, it seems like right when I finally 'catch up' to the crowd, Something like this happens. They KNOW people will buy it. At least I'll still be able to play the newer games. I just won't have, 'better 3D, a bigger screen, bluetooth' or whatever the hell they'll be adding. As long as I can play the games, then I guess it's fine with me. Don't mind my ranting. Lol.

ImprezaGTT
ImprezaGTT

They should make some decent games for the 3ds before they are releasing another 3ds version...

Mayleene
Mayleene

Would love a larger screen.  At 52, even with glasses, it's hard to see in 3D.  I'm in, would even probably buy it and give my current 3DS to the neighbor's kid.

JohnMark320
JohnMark320

I love my 3DS...but the screen really is tiny...would like to see one that rivals the size of a Vita lol

 

yeebsey
yeebsey

I'd expect a redesign of the 3ds with a second thumb pad first. the whole second thumb pad dock really puts me off buy one as i'm pretty sure it will be intergrated at some point

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

 @endorbr dude just get a circlepad pro the thing is just 20 bucks and it actually makes the system more comfortable to hold.

Mellowcow
Mellowcow

 @mjc0961 By that logic, a lot of rumors have turned out to be right, so people give them credit. I don't see anything wrong with that.

Vickman178
Vickman178

@Crossel777 I don't think Wii U itself is a disappointment it just needs more exclusive games.

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

 @cayne_phoenix If you look at nintendo's history, there never has been.

 

I for one held out on buying a 3DS knowing there would be a future pricedrop/redesign.

Mayleene
Mayleene

 @xGr4ffitix I'm sure they'll offer some kind of subsidy for the original purchasers.  Nintendo's pretty good about that, I feel.  They offered free games to those that purchased prior to the price reduction.

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @ImprezaGTT Yes, the software is a little lacking.

Maybe they should take a leaf out of their competitors book... oh,  but looking at the PSVita line up then maybe they shoudn't  - lol

VKM7md
VKM7md

 @ImprezaGTT Tales of the Abyss, RE Revelations, Metal Gear Snake Eater 3D, Kid Icarus, Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros 3D, RE Mercenaries, Dead or Alive. Aren't those enough?

digi-demon
digi-demon

Maybe you should have gone to specsavers - then you could have walked into the Apple store and got an ipad like you planned and not mistakenly walked into GAME.

 - PS. I'm only kidding - but WiiU controller 'looks' right up your street  :P

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @mjc0961 

So why report it to be updated hours later informing readers it [the story] is infact complete b*ll*cks! - why? well to sucker people to read mis-information thats why.

Btw, anyone that rates Okami and Zelda Majoras Mask 1.0 and Halo:CE 2.5 is't worth listening to - so thanks you can shut your loose mouth now, you sad noob :P

digi-demon
digi-demon

Not just Nintendo - see PS2 & Slim, PSP1000,2000,3000 etc. variants, Xbox360 & Slim, PS3 and Slim - Gameboy Advance and DS etc. and their many variants are just the norm these days :P

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Mayleene Please read the article - at this point in time it is purely speculation ;P

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

 @digi-demon The PSP variants added too little to the system to be worth another buy. Now, making the system more than twice the size, thats really screwing early adopters.

VKM7md
VKM7md

 @danusty there u go they r not releasing a new model apparently. But Kid Icarus was really great for me =) You got also Zelda OT, which is a must get if you are a nintendo fan. What kind of games do u want then if a new Dead or Alive or a new Mario Kart dont seem good to you? You got a lot more coming up this summer such as Heroes of Ruin (you have to check this one) and Luigi's Mansion. Oh and I forgot to mentioned Super Mario Bros. Sorry Nintendo did amazing with the 3DS and thats in only a year.