No Hardware Revisions For the 3DS

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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I suspect the reason that many of you who haven’t bought a 3DS yet have held off on that decision because you’re waiting for a price drop, a new color, a hardware revision, or any combination of the three. After all, the DS had all three of them happen every single year, so Nintendo’s bound to do the same with the 3DS, right? Well, as far as hardware revisions are concerned, you’re out of luck.

IGN reported that, according to Shigeru Miyamoto, they aren’t going to do a hardware revision this time around. In fact, they’re already hard at work on the next generation of handhelds. “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.”

He stressed that there is still a lot more that can be done with the 3DS right now. And, when asked about a second Circle Pad for future 3DS models, he said that the system’s gyroscope could be used as a suitable replacement. I can only assume that he said this because he doesn’t know how awful that would be for camera controls, which is what the second stick is almost always used for.


About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.

  • The 3DS got a lot of things right on the first run.  Maybe in 10 years we’ll see a hardware revision, since even the original Game Boy got a revision after 10 years, when the technology became clearer, cheaper and smaller.

    • At the rate the mobile market is growing, I don’t think there will even BE a Nintendo handheld in 10 years. Or any kind of dedicated gaming handheld, for that matter.

    •  I’d have to disagree with you there.  I’ve tried using my android phone for gaming, music, an HD video camera, and social networking, and I found that it just burns out way too fast.  Anything beyond tweeting or youtubing on a phone would be too much for it unless you carry a charger and cable around.  There are some people who have a phone dedicated to gaming, and a separate phone to use as a phone, but to get a phone with the capabilities of the 3DS, well, the closest thing I know of would be the Hitachi WOOO, you’d have to pay 600 dollars for something like that, whereas a dedicated gaming handheld would run you 300 brand new.

      IME, if you’re going to have good portable games, then it would have to be on a handheld that’s 100% gaming.

    •  That said though, the Hitachi WOOO is definitely a stylish phone that I’d want to show off.  Especially in the colours they’ve offered.  Which may be why there’s a red 3DS, and a purple one.

  • the first death bell…it’ll be a couple of years before i get a 3ds the way it is…unless there’s a tales of hearts translation…

  • LabrynianRebel

    Good, the 3DS is fine how it is.

  • I, too, think it’s fine the way it is. I’m also gearing up to buy at least 5 games for it in the coming months.

  • I am holding out for 3DS XL.. I like everything the way it is except screen size. Give me a bigger screen or bring back the game boy player. Really how hard is it for them to do it with the wii u controller and the tv for ds and 3ds? If people can make emulators on their pc at home as a solo project should be no excuse. I do not want to experience shin megami tensei 4 on such a small screen!!!

  • Fine for me since i bought Zelda 3DS :3!

  • John Ellis

    I’m sort of glad to be honest, with the NDS it was DS, Lite, DSi and DSi XL. to amny versions, two would of been enough.