Nintendo wheels out 3DS prototypes

By Johnny Cullen, Monday, 31 January 2011 07:04 GMT

3ds prototype

Nintendo’s shown off in a new Iwata Asks earlier prototypes of what 3DS used to look like before its E3 reveal last June.

The first model shown was basically known as the “minimum model”, according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

The second SKU showed off a model not too similar to DS Lite, where things such as the D-Pad and analogue slider could be swapped about.

Iwata also talks about the troubles of getting working hardware on display to attendees at E3 last year alongside hardware designer Kenichi Sugino, system designer Ryuji Umezu and project producer Hideki Konno.

There’s a lot more on it through here.

3DS launches on February 26 in Japan, March 25 in Europe and March 27 in the US.

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