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.
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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