What if Nintendo released a 3DS successor in 2014?

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#1 Posted by bonesawisready5 (4625 posts) -
How would you feel about a new Nintendo handheld in 2014? I know what you're thinking, they won't do that to us! And I don't think its very likely either but Nintendo has done this in the past. Imagine a next-gen handheld in late 2014, sporting better graphics, better hardware and possibly rebranded maybe dropping the DS name altogether. Nintendo would never do this right? Well, they've done it before. The Game Boy Pocket came out in 1996, the Game Boy Color in 1998, Game Boy Advance in 2001, DS in 2004. If we disregard the Pocket, that means Nintendo released next-gen handhelds every three years between 98 and 2004. Obviously the DS took off even greater than the Game Boy ever did so it lasted a very long time. Would you be displeased if Nintendo released a new handheld to replace the 3DS in late 2014? What if it had twice the hardware power, or added some unique functionality like a phone? Once again, I'm not saying this will happen at all but its an interesting scenario to think about. I'd be open to it provided it met my expectations.
#2 Posted by Kocelot (753 posts) -

The thing is..

GameBoy Pocket, Color, etc were all generally the same but with added miniscule features.

And I'd probably be like Wtf already?

#3 Posted by superbuuman (2679 posts) -

They wouldn't..they might release another version of 3DS (cheaper for them to build), not successor..they haven't made enough $$$ from it yet. :P

#4 Posted by bonesawisready5 (4625 posts) -

They wouldn't..they might release another version of 3DS (cheaper for them to build), not successor..they haven't made enough $$$ from it yet. :P

superbuuman
Theoretically that would be the exact reason to come out with a new system. Instead of having to work the 3DS's costs downwards, they could design a new device, price it accordingly and sell it at a massive profit out the gate.
#5 Posted by bonesawisready5 (4625 posts) -

The thing is..

GameBoy Pocket, Color, etc were all generally the same but with added miniscule features.

And I'd probably be like Wtf already?

Kocelot
The Game Boy Color had exclusive stuff I thought. Even Iwata mentioned in the Pokemon X/Y video today how the GBC Pokemon changed things up. It certainly was more powerful than the regular Game Boy.
#6 Posted by RiKanKiDD (1058 posts) -

Well in the past it wasnt a problem.

Gameboy color could play gameboy pocket games

Gameboy advance could play both Color and Pocket games

the DS coud play Gameboy advance games

The 3DS could play DS games.

So if they were to do that i think 3DS games would still be playable regardless. But they wont do that.

#7 Posted by logicalfrank (1641 posts) -

One thing about the DS is Nintendo tried to hedge their bets on the new control scheme by releasing it as a third console/second handheld and kept supporting the GBA even after its release (and, in fact, kept coming out w/ new models of GBA). Ultimately, the DS was huge but Nintendo was supposedly prepared to drop it and keep its Game Boy brand in tact if it didn't work out.

In any case, I'd give a new Nintendo handheld a chance for sure. I dunno if I'd pre-order or anything but as long as it didn't turn out to be a Virtual Boy, I am sure I'd wind up buying it eventually.

#8 Posted by Master_Of_Fools (1320 posts) -

That wont happen. Smash Bros is coming to the 3DS, releasing the next handheld would fail lol. Next handheld (not revision) wont be till like 2016.

#9 Posted by DJSAV_101 (3690 posts) -

I'd wait for the inevitable redesigned version.

#10 Posted by danavsbelly (3 posts) -
yeah, Smash Bros is coming to the 3DS, releasing the next handheld would fail lol. Next handheld (not revision) wont be till like 2016.
#11 Posted by renome (49 posts) -

Not going to happen.

#12 Posted by Heirren (16516 posts) -
I have a feeling Nintendo might eventually nix the 3d from the 3ds.
#13 Posted by BigBen11111 (1528 posts) -

I know what you're saying, but I have my doubts. They just release the Wii U, & haven't even started to make the new Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS & Wii U.

#14 Posted by superbuuman (2679 posts) -

[QUOTE="superbuuman"]

They wouldn't..they might release another version of 3DS (cheaper for them to build), not successor..they haven't made enough $$$ from it yet. :P

bonesawisready5

Theoretically that would be the exact reason to come out with a new system. Instead of having to work the 3DS's costs downwards, they could design a new device, price it accordingly and sell it at a massive profit out the gate.

They will just use cheaper plastic, cheaper screen etc etc..it will be cheaper than releasing a new hardware..& what Heirren posted.

I have a feeling Nintendo might eventually nix the 3d from the 3ds.Heirren

#15 Posted by charizard1605 (55984 posts) -
After how long it has taken the 3DS just to find its feet in the market, I highly doubt they would introduce its successor just yet.
#16 Posted by LaytonsCat (3652 posts) -

I wouldn't buy it, I'm having serious problems using my 3DS over my iPhone. Unless it was basically a Wii U tablet but small enough to go in my pocket, while retaining all functionality. (Plus more) I have no interest

#17 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -
It doesn't make sense for Nintendo to do it in this economy, especially considering the 3DS was losing money after the initial price cut. Plus, it's been doing so well lately commercially and with software, it doesn't make sense for Nintendo to release a new one. However, ignoring all reason, if Nintendo did do it I wouldn't feel annoyed but I'd think that they really missed out on an opportunity to build a great library for the 3DS.
#18 Posted by Heirren (16516 posts) -

[QUOTE="bonesawisready5"][QUOTE="superbuuman"] Theoretically that would be the exact reason to come out with a new system. Instead of having to work the 3DS's costs downwards, they could design a new device, price it accordingly and sell it at a massive profit out the gate.superbuuman

They will just use cheaper plastic, cheaper screen etc etc..it will be cheaper than releasing a new hardware..& what Heirren posted.

I have a feeling Nintendo might eventually nix the 3d from the 3ds.Heirren

Well they've already done that with the Xl and charged more. I think that was nintendos way of recouping from the 3ds price cut. Most people, now the the Xl is out, go for the Xl. The original model will eventually be phased out and be replaced by a more sound design, I think.
#19 Posted by loosingENDS (11775 posts) -

It is too early, so they wont

In any case, if it is backwards compatible with the titles i own, they can bring it, i can afford it

The things that do frustrate me, is the absense of news about a US version of Bravely Default, Ni no Kuni (2D one) and latest Layton game

This is a real and fatal problem that no ammount of money can solve

#20 Posted by Soulreavercross (19890 posts) -
A successor, highly unlikely because quality games are now being released for the system. A re-design is inevitable, I am 100% sure that will happen in the coming years, might even happen this year :|
#21 Posted by ArchoNils2 (6154 posts) -

Not sure while aa new handheld should be such a huge problem. I got the 3DS for it's launch and announced games. If they release another system it doesn't mean the system get's instandly discontinued just like the ordinary DS got Pokemon black/white 2 not long ago

(oh and somehow the WiiU is a half handheld, I used it several times as handheld while myy girlfriend was watching some series I don't care about, so here you go ^^)

#22 Posted by coldfirex44 (1 posts) -
I would indeed be kind of disappointed, as I am only planning on buying a 3DS XL this Sunday and if Nintendo do release a new handheld next year, I wouldn't buy it. Rather, i would wait for another year because Nintendo if for sure to make another one. How Nintendo works: GameBoy Pocket->Gameboy Color->Gameboy Advance->Gameboy Advance SP->Gameboy Advance Mini DS->DS Lite->DSi->DSiXL(released a year later.. i was furious)->3DS->3DS XL->?DS Wii->Wii-U if they do make another handheld they will have to leave out and abandon"SHIP" the 3DS, but if they only make another version of a 3DS (the XL is already out so I don;t see the point) then I see no point in doing that...... this reply has made no sense at all but I would be kinda pissed if Nintendo released a new handheld soon........... Big N :3
#23 Posted by Spinnerweb (2928 posts) -
They'd have screwed themselves again, after the Wii U failing.
#24 Posted by Pierst179 (10746 posts) -

I would feel like that would be sort of silly. Especially because the 3DS has finally found its pace.

#25 Posted by BigBen11111 (1528 posts) -
Well I see this zombie thread is back. But it's still 2013, and thankfully only thing they came out with is the 3DS XL. And from what I'm hearing the XL screen is more pixelated then the orginal 3DS. And if that can happen it's not so looking good for the next successor of the 3DS, unless Nintendo fixes the problem soon.
#26 Posted by Avatar_Taxidous (4314 posts) -
I'd be very surprised. But if I had the money I'd probably get it day one if it interested me.
#27 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -

I would indeed be kind of disappointed, as I am only planning on buying a 3DS XL this Sunday and if Nintendo do release a new handheld next year, I wouldn't buy it. Rather, i would wait for another year because Nintendo if for sure to make another one. How Nintendo works: GameBoy Pocket->Gameboy Color->Gameboy Advance->Gameboy Advance SP->Gameboy Advance Mini DS->DS Lite->DSi->DSiXL(released a year later.. i was furious)->3DS->3DS XL->?DS Wii->Wii-U if they do make another handheld they will have to leave out and abandon"SHIP" the 3DS, but if they only make another version of a 3DS (the XL is already out so I don;t see the point) then I see no point in doing that...... this reply has made no sense at all but I would be kinda pissed if Nintendo released a new handheld soon........... Big N :3coldfirex44

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