Nintendo launched its current generation portable gaming console, the Nintendo 3DS, in early 2011. The console suffered from low sales thanks mostly to a high price point for its launch. However, Nintendo has seen sales of the 3DS accelerate following a deep price drop in August 2011.
There have been some recent rumors that Nintendo might release a new version of the 3DS, possibly with bigger screens. However, in a new IGN article, Nintendo's is quoted as saying, "I really feel like I'm satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it's the best for this generation."
This seems to be a different approach compared to the company's previous handheld console, the Nintendo DS. Nintendo released a number of different versions of the DS during its lifetime, including the DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL, that were all based on the same basic hardware design.
While he does say that there is a lot that Nintendo and third party game developers can do with the current 3DS hardware and its 3D screens, Miyamoto added that the company is already looking into the future, saying, "What we're thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld."