Nintendo wont be releasing a revised handheld console this, or any other, year if Shigeru Miyamoto is any authority on the matter.
Talking to IGN, Miyamoto said he feels the Nintendo 3DS is perfect in it’s current form and that Nintendo are more likely thinking about a future generation console, rather than revising this one.
The revelation is an embarrassing one for the gaming media, including IGN, who insisted that Nintendo would announce a “Nintendo 3DS XL” version of the console at E3 this year, based on rumours from a Japanese newspaper known to spin lies about NIntendo in the past.
And really, what need for a new console is there at this point? Nintendo 3DS has a 3D screen that doesn’t require glasses, insanely great 3D stereo speakers, montion sensors, a touch screen with stylus for pin-point accuracy (about 100 pixels more accurate than an iPad screen, or something), a great “circle pad” that wont snap in your pocket, enhanced online capabilities including the upcoming ability to download full retail games such as New Super Mario Bros. 2 from the eShop instead of heading to a video game or department store, and – oh yes – a circle pad adapter which, although may not have the aesthetics of an Apple device certainly provides a cheap, effective and comfortable solution to those who want two circle pads.
And anyway, do you really want to upgrade all your stuff every year? Sure, Nintendo 3DS isn’t all that expensive, but Nintendo aren’t Apple – they can run their business just fine without adding a slightly better camera every year, or a slightly larger screen. Sure, the DS had some revisions, but that made the console lighter, cheaper and more accessible. 3DS is already light, cheap and accessible.
I suggest that instead of these gaming news sites complaining about Nintendo failing to live up to a rumour that was clearly fabricated, they actually buy a game or two for the 3DS. The console is, without a doubt, the best handheld console Nintendo have ever released.
Oh, but that would be opinionated of me to say, wouldn’t it?