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Nintendo working on a 3DS successor – Dvice

June 14, 2012

Speaking with Nintendo’s legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto, IGN learned that Nintendo is actually already thinking about life beyond the 3DS.


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

Miyamoto did emphasize that he feels there is plenty more that can be done with this current hardware and 3D gaming in general. When asked about the option of including a second Circle Pad in future 3DS models, Miyamoto pointed out the system’s gyroscope as a way to accommodate that need.

It’s not unheard of for companies to always research new ideas for the next generation of gaming just as the current one is just taking shape, but could this generation of mobile gaming (not counting smartphones and tablets) be shorter than it’s been in the past?

Most recently, Hideki Konno, who is largely credited for the 3DS’s design spoke to Engadget expressing his interest with a larger screened handheld, going as far as to say he preferred the DSi XL’s larger screens over the 3DS’s smaller ones.

In the run-up to Nintendo’s E3 press conference, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported that Nintendo was going to reveal a new 3DS with a larger 3D display. As we all know, Nintendo didn’t show off any such device and and called the newspaper’s story “speculative and incorrect.”

Is Nintendo planning a 3DS successor sooner rather than later? We can’t say for sure, but the company is at least planning the future, and it might be one without the gimmicky glasses-free 3D that’s the highlight of the 3DS.

Original article here.

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