Rumour – Twin-stick 3DS hardware revision inbound

Tuesday, 23rd August 2011 02:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sources claim Nintendo has its first 3DS hardware revision in the works, with a decreased emphasis on 3D and additional controls.

The news comes from 01net; the French site’s sources have previously proven reliable by supplying the codename Project Cafe to the Wii U.

Claiming a Nintendo insider as source, the site reports the new model will launch in 2012, will “radically tone down” the system’s 3D capabilities, and be sold under a different name.

Nintendo is reportedly becoming nervous about the console’s major selling point – its 3D display. The source suggested fears of eye damage are still restricting sales, and the platform holder has reversed its position to welcome games without 3D elements.

A second analog stick is on the cards, too; Nintendo engineers are said to be working on an add-on for the original 3DS console, providing a second analog circle to the base hardware, which will retail for around $10. Nintendo has allegedly asked developers to begin producing games for the system designed for twin analog controls.

Despite this push for new games, the source describes Nintendo’s third-party approval process as time-consuming, costly and arbitrary, making it difficult for developers to get their games. A lack of developer kits, apparently now produced by Tokyo Electric and Marubeni at a rate of around 300 per month, has apparently resulted in a long waiting list.

Thanks, 1UP.





    #1 3 years ago
  2. jnms

    Will Nintendo ever realise that people have lost interest in their products due to the constant revision. Seems there are at least two new versions of the DS every single year…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. TerraZet

    @1 I think I saw what you did there… I’m not too sure though. Please explain.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dark

    So when nintendo going to end up like sega?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gama_888

    How embarrassing.

    And if its being sold under a different name its not a 3DS. That coupled with the part about radically toning down the 3D side of it and actually changing the hardware by adding another thumbstick.

    Sounds like Ninty is cutting its losses with 3DS.

    Really just embarrassing for nintendo. Your console has completely flopped and now your rushing out its predecessor to try and make up for it.

    w.e this thing is. Its DOA.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. triggerhappy

    Well at least there doing something about it. In my opinion the PSP’s biggest down fall was lack of a second stick. I was quite surprised when I learned 3DS has only one, you think they would have known better.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. The_Red

    Lack of second analog was a huge mistake from day one and Miyamoto’s defensive words behind it were simple BS. That was the reason PSP games never felt right.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. ultramega

    The plot thickens…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. TraceableX


    Do you play MGO?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. triggerhappy

    MGO? Metal Gear Online? Nah, always been meaning to get in to it though. Infact I really should :P

    #10 3 years ago
  11. TraceableX

    Yeah :)
    I’ve played with someone from uk with the same nickname.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. triggerhappy

    Yeh I tried to use that name and it was already in use :P

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Blerk

    Hmm… I call bullshit on this. Revising the hardware in such a way would pretty much be the absolute worst thing they could do. They already had enough trouble convincing people to buy in to the existing model, but making it obsolete overnight isn’t going to help anyone.

    An add-on second stick for the old versions? Come on. Someone’s having a laugh.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. NeoSquall

    The new handheld will be named Nintendo 3DLife.

    This again shows Nintendo already knows the worth of PS Vita (their spies at Sony must know something the public doesn’t yet) and is shitting in its pants while trying to put out something to battle Sony on equal field.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Blerk

    I still think the Vita’s going to bomb in much the same way. Times have changed.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    A 3DS revision of any sort so soon would be me done with Nintendo for a very long time. 3DS doesn’t need hardware revisions as much as it needs some solid games. It would be madness wouldn’t it? Feck off all the early adopters with a big price drop first then feck off all the people who bought it after the price drop with a hardware revision. Maybe the new hardware should just add a lube dispenser.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. AHA-Lambda

    and with this rumour i aint buying a 3ds any time soon now until i at least see this come to fruition. It may probably even be true, the tv ads are already ignoring the 3d feature.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Fin

    It’s not an analog stick, it’s an analog slider.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Rob

    Sounds to me like somebody just saw an early Wii U dev kit and got confused….

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Sini

    Give it 2 days or so, if nintendo doesn’t come out and outright deny this you know it is no longer rumor, and they would be stupid not to deny it if not true for the obvious reasons, ie no one touching current 3ds anymore.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. mojo

    “hey 3DS early adopters, in case ur face isnt red enough heres another slap”

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    ^ To be fair some form of revision was to be expected, and going off the DSi, Nintendo dont care about leaving early adopters in the dust, you buy a Nintendo portable you should expect it. Though i expected the 3DSLite first.

    #22 3 years ago

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