Rumor: Nintendo plans overhaul of Nintendo 3DS

The launch of Nintendo's 3DS portable console has not gone over very well so far. The console, which allowed gamers to see 3D effects on the console's top screen without the need of glasses, launched in Japan in February 2011 and in the US and Europe in March 2011. However the price of the console ($249) and its lack of major launch titles caused the 3DS to only sell 830,000 units in the US from its launch to July 2011. Nintendo quickly dropped the price of the 3DS down to $169 earlier this month in an attempt to boost sales.

Now there are rumors that Nintendo is prepping to announce a major tech overhaul of the 3DS console. Eurogamer reports, via a French language web site, that unnamed sources inside Nintendo claim the company is working on a detachable second circle pad for the console that will be sold as an add-on for the 3DS for $10. In addition, the story claims that Nintendo is working on a full revamp of the 3DS console that would tone down the 3D features of the current version. In fact the story suggests that the price drop of the current 3DS was made to sell out the units on store shelves and clear the decks for the new version.

In related news, Bloomberg reports that Nintendo's stock price went up earlier this week after reports that the press have been invited to an event on September 13. Nintendo has given no info on what the event will be about.

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NES: 61million sold
SNES: 50 million sold
N64: 32 million sold
Gamecube: 21 million sold
3DS: >1 million

The Wii U will be the last nail in Nintendo hardware coffin.

SpyderCanopus said,
NES: 61million sold
SNES: 50 million sold
N64: 32 million sold
Gamecube: 21 million sold
3DS: >1 million

The Wii U will be the last nail in Nintendo hardware coffin.

I guess including the wii would have ruined the point you where trying to make.

HawkMan said,

I guess including the wii would have ruined the point you where trying to make.

Nobody takes the Wii seriously as a gaming console. It's gimmicky kid's toy. But yea... you caught me.

SpyderCanopus said,
Nobody takes the Wii seriously as a gaming console. It's gimmicky kid's toy. But yea... you caught me.

Ours just sat and collected dust after the few first party games came out. Just like the Gamecube. Just as I predicted.

I'm sad now.

SpyderCanopus said,

Nobody takes the Wii seriously as a gaming console. It's gimmicky kid's toy. But yea... you caught me.

Oisk, and the DS

There's quite a good number of non gimiky, first rate games that come out on Wii. You just have to look past all the other shovelware nonsense on the shelves next to those games to actually find them .___.

SpyderCanopus said,

Nobody takes the Wii seriously as a gaming console. It's gimmicky kid's toy. But yea... you caught me.

A console game is a form of interactive multimedia used for entertainment. The game consists of manipulable images (and usually sounds) generated by a video game console, and displayed on a television or similar audio-video system. The game itself is usually controlled and manipulated using a handheld device connected to the console called a controller. The controller generally contains a number of buttons and directional controls (such as analog joysticks) each of which has been assigned a purpose for interacting with and controlling the images on the screen.

I dont see anything about "serious" or "not serious".....
Its a gaming console. Dont like that it sold like hot cakes? Deal with it

And I dont even have a console!

SpyderCanopus said,
NES: 61million sold
SNES: 50 million sold
N64: 32 million sold
Gamecube: 21 million sold
3DS: >1 million

The Wii U will be the last nail in Nintendo hardware coffin.

Let's put this in to expanded perspective

Nintendo Console's (World Wide Totals)
61 million - NES
49 million - SNES
21 million - Game Cube
32 million - Nintendo 64 -
87 million - Wii

Handheld
31 million - Game Boy
79 million - Game Boy Advanced

~Breakdown of DS is a bit more complicated there combined~
184 millions - DS / Lite / 3ds


Drop to $149 and put in a 10+ hour battery (medium brightness, 3D on), and I will buy one. I bet a lot of people will buy one.

Hell, leave it at $169, or raise it to $199. Just include a REAL battery like the DS Lite had! That was the biggest issue I had with the 3DS. Nintendo went from something like ~19 Hours on my DS Lite to ~3 Hours on the 3DS. It wouldn't even last one family trip for my daughter!

You're competing with $0-$99 on-contract Smartphones here. Cellphones that get very popular games. Fun casual games, and even games from big-name companies such as Square Enix, Capcom, Konami, Namco, Sega, etc. Remember those companies, Nintendo? They're making tons of money on Smartphones now. Smartphones that boast 10 hours of playtime and Internet use, 40 hours of music playtime, etc.

When I got my 3GS, I stopped playing my DS Lite. Why carry a "bulky" device that I also had to carry a sack with all my games in it, when I could pull out my phone to play the latest games (built-in)? The 3DS was introduced with the same issue (bulky and tons of game cartridges to shuffle around), but without the battery life I had grown use to.

Xenomorph said,
Drop to $149 and put in a 10+ hour battery (medium brightness, 3D on), and I will buy one. I bet a lot of people will buy one.

Hell, leave it at $169, or raise it to $199. Just include a REAL battery like the DS Lite had! That was the biggest issue I had with the 3DS. Nintendo went from something like ~19 Hours on my DS Lite to ~3 Hours on the 3DS. It wouldn't even last one family trip for my daughter!

You're competing with $0-$99 on-contract Smartphones here. Cellphones that get very popular games. Fun casual games, and even games from big-name companies such as Square Enix, Capcom, Konami, Namco, Sega, etc. Remember those companies, Nintendo? They're making tons of money on Smartphones now. Smartphones that boast 10 hours of playtime and Internet use, 40 hours of music playtime, etc.

When I got my 3GS, I stopped playing my DS Lite. Why carry a "bulky" device that I also had to carry a sack with all my games in it, when I could pull out my phone to play the latest games (built-in)? The 3DS was introduced with the same issue (bulky and tons of game cartridges to shuffle around), but without the battery life I had grown use to.

Nice comparison there, You compare the maximum battery life, with everything turned down and off, and no game running on the DS Lite, with the Minimum, with everything turned up to max, while played a 3ds title. Run your ds lite with everything maxed out and playing and it also wont do close to 10 hours. Way to make yourself look like an ignorant fool.

As for the last paragraph.. Why would you carry a second device with you, you ask? Oh, i dunno. Maybe you'd do so cause you want real games, with proper, workable controls instead of the "library" of phone games that consist of 99% indie trash that you'll only play for an hour. Also, if you think the DSLite and 3DS are bulky, then you've obviously never seen or used the original model of the DS.

Blackhearted said,
Nice comparison there, You compare the maximum battery life, with everything turned down and off, and no game running on the DS Lite, with the Minimum, with everything turned up to max, while played a 3ds title. Run your ds lite with everything maxed out and playing and it also wont do close to 10 hours. Way to make yourself look like an ignorant fool.

As for the last paragraph.. Why would you carry a second device with you, you ask? Oh, i dunno. Maybe you'd do so cause you want real games, with proper, workable controls instead of the "library" of phone games that consist of 99% indie trash that you'll only play for an hour. Also, if you think the DSLite and 3DS are bulky, then you've obviously never seen or used the original model of the DS.

Nope. I'm comparing the wonderful life of the DS Lite with everything maxed to the pathetic life of the 3DS with everything turned off.

I have plenty of "real" games for my iOS devices.

But enough arguing, I'll let you get back to loving on your 3DS.

Well my daughter asked santa for this item for xmas.

I recently purchased it from amazon.co.uk for £115.

I think that is a fair price.

Wondering when a 4D version will arrive.

leesmithg said,

Wondering when a 4D version will arrive.

In the 27th Century. A bit after Earth is attacked by 4th dimensional beings who call themselves "Glifhurkilias" open a portal between dimensions.

leesmithg said,
Well my daughter asked santa for this item for xmas.

I recently purchased it from amazon.co.uk for £115.

I think that is a fair price.

Wondering when a 4D version will arrive.

I'd wait until 5D is released so you can get 4D at half price.

leesmithg said,
Well my daughter asked santa for this item for xmas.

I recently purchased it from amazon.co.uk for £115.

I think that is a fair price.

Wondering when a 4D version will arrive.

Yes, I too am excited for them to release a handheld that lets me see width, height, depth and time.

KingCrimson said,
The iPad killed Nintendo.

Yeah ok because a $700 tablet is the same as a $160 portable console. They aren't even CLOSE to being in the same market. *FACEPALM*

ahhell said,

Yeah ok because a $700 tablet is the same as a $160 portable console. They aren't even CLOSE to being in the same market. *FACEPALM*

I think he means because mobile gaming isn't what it used to be, mobile gaming now incorporates games played on smartphones and tablet devices.

The playing field is much bigger now.

ahhell said,

Yeah ok because a $700 tablet is the same as a $160 portable console. They aren't even CLOSE to being in the same market. *FACEPALM*

How much is an ipod touch? I think the point was clear.

warwagon said,

Na I still can't stand games which are 100% touch. I need analog buttons!


Those of us that grew up with actual buttons will always miss them

Addons and revisions, yeah that sounds like Nintendo.

Would like to see what they come up with, but somehow I'm not expecting it to be anything fantastic...

dead.cell said,
Addons and revisions, yeah that sounds like Nintendo.

So true! Ever since the GameBoy Advance they love to re-release their handhelds a few times…

MFH said,

So true! Ever since the GameBoy Advance they love to re-release their handhelds a few times…

Hey, I'm sure you can call the Gameboy Pocket a re-release of the original Gameboy

~Johnny said,

Hey, I'm sure you can call the Gameboy Pocket a re-release of the original Gameboy

It took a few years for them to release that. A single revision of a console a few years later is normal.

dead.cell said,

Would like to see what they come up with, but somehow I'm not expecting it to be anything fantastic...

I bet it's made of cheap plastic and slightly radioactive.

~Johnny said,

Hey, I'm sure you can call the Gameboy Pocket a re-release of the original Gameboy


I'll give you that and rephrase my sentence: "Ever since the GameBoy Advance they love to re-release their handhelds a few times - starting a year after the first version was released…"