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HawkeyeMartin

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I received the DS Phat the christmas it was released, and then not to long after that the DS Lite was presented, I did not get the lite, I waited, and then the DSi was released, I pre-ordered and waited in a gamestop until midnight to get my DSi, but to my surprise here comes nintendo with a new DS, the DSi XL, man was I mad, I just bought the DSi and here like every Apple product I own my DSi is the old hardware just after a few months.
So my question is how long will Nintendo wait before releasing an updated 3DS, don't get me wrong I love progress but if the pattern for the DS (Big,Little, then Big again or DSPhat, DSLite, DSi, DSi XL) is any indication how long before the 3DS+ or 3DS Obese comes out?
Please Nintendo let my hardware be the newest thing for at-least one and a half years!
Is it just me or does any body else feel this way??

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All technology is like that these days, so it's not just Nintendo. They've actually been pretty good about not releasing a bunch of different Wii models at least. My guess is there will be a 3DS XL, maybe like a year after the original comes out.

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astarisborn94

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Nintendo has always been guilty of releasing a bunch of versions for handheld, so this should come at no surprise, especially when you compare it with the GBA with went through a similar amount of face lifts before death. It sucks that it happens, but it's more of a cycle with Nintendo consoles then a new thing recently.

That being said, I think this could start to slow down with the 3DS. From what we've seen, the 3DS seems to be more like a console then it's predecessor and like the PSP, acts if they are looking for more console-like games on the system. With that, Nintendo will not have to worry about having to frequently update their system as it has been highly supportive, the console will have higher expectations then previous generations, and most importantly, an extremely promising console. If they can be incredibly successful with this, Nintendo will not have to worry about releasing new variations frequently anymore and may possibly not have one all together, which will be good for gamers wallet.

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HawkeyeMartin

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Good point SSB Fan1999, I've been playing Nintendo since the NES and I did have every variation of the GB, it just really annoyed me when the DSi XL came out so soon, I hope the 3DS is a mainstay for a while without hardware upgrades!
And I don't think Nintendo is the only one doing this or the most guilty, for me Apple is the worse at this.
Albeit Nintendo or Apple they'll keep getting my money until I go bankrupt!!

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y2josh

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I don't think their will be a new 3DS out any time soon. It will probably be hard to find one for the first 2 years, like the Wii. I'm guessing 3 years before a remodel.

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Peznaze

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Six months to a year, tops. The first run of 3DS will have some major flaw or oversight we may or may not be aware of yet (like only one inward facing camera, making 3D video chat an impossibility) which will be rectified and repackaged as the 3DS Plus or some such, and sold for a lower price in more colors.

Such is the way of all technology. Even Amazon, with its Kindle, they promised they wouldn't do this with the Kindle, but lo and behold, within a year, it had faster refresh rates, WiFi capability and cost a lot less than the first generation of Kindle they promised would be around for at least a year.

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CowLaunch

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Doesn't really bother me, I see it as the people with newer versions getting a little more, not myself getting less. I'm still enjoying the games I have, I don't feel entitled to have the best of what's currently available. I played my SNES for years before buying an N64, and you know, the games that were released on the N64 in that time didn't go anywhere, I could get them when I got my N64 (cheaper even). I've just never felt the need to be up to date, I've had 3 mobile phones in my life, and 2 of those were due to being broken and living in a another country. Don't get me wrong, I really, really want a 3DS when it comes out, but I don't need it. Also, this is just capitalism. I remember working for a TV company in some fashion, and people would call up complaining that the package deal they had recently purchased was now a lot cheaper. I had to patiently explain the nature of free market economics to these people, and sometimes advise them that if they didn't like this economic system, that they should vote accordingly, or failing that start some guerilla campaign.

Just because someone has got something better than you, or the same thing but at better value, doesn't mean you're losing out; such thinking taken to the nth degree in all aspects of life would lead to mental illness.

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Maggots

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oh man, 3ds is da 3dbest

Oh, so delicious. For lunch.

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y2josh

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I've seen on the internet a few people say that they would have to a remodel quickly because of a "flaw". This is Nintendo we're talking about. They aren't going to release a 300 dollar system and then anounce there was a "flaw" with their system. That's microsoft's job.

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cheapogamer4life

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Honestly idk, but I sure don't have the patience to find out. :/

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Hardy83

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6-12 months top. I'm leaning more towards 12 months.

This is based on me predicting that the same 3D screen tech will be on mobile smartphones within 12 months of the 3DS's release.

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Nintenzo

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If you mean a different color, then probably pretty soon. But if you mean something like the 3DS XL, never. Nintendo said the 3DS is the last DS.

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Nintenzo

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His happened when I was thinking about getting an iPod touch. I said that maybe I should wait until next year's model comes out, but my brother said "There's always going to be a 'next year's model' ". And so I bought that year's model. The End.

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DrCruse

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This is why I wait till the technology is retired, and then pick it up used.
Not only is it cheaper, but I can choose exactly what model I want.

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the_shpydar

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y2josh wrote:

I've seen on the internet a few people say that they would have to a remodel quickly because of a "flaw". This is Nintendo we're talking about. They aren't going to release a 300 dollar system and then anounce there was a "flaw" with their system. That's microsoft's job.

Couldn't resist the cheap shot. :P

Lol. But exactly right. People forget that Nintendo doesn't operate the same way companies like MS or Apple do. Like with the iWhatevers, you're almost guaranteed that there'll be a new version at least announced before you even get the current one out of the package.

I'd say it'll be 2 years, and that's at the earliest; i'd think it'd actually likely be 3 years post-launch before any significant new model revision.

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XL's not really an upgrade, just a bigger version of the DSi

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R-L-A-George

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XL is still cool....At some point it was probably an upgrade, the speakers are actually a little more powerful?

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LordJumpMad

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Bring out New Handhelds every year or so, It's Nintendo way of keeping things, New and Fresh!

And it also bring in New Buyers.
Nintendo Started doing this, around the the Time of the First Game Boy. They Came out with The Same Game Boy again but, in diffident Colors, and that made them alot of Money.

And after that, The rest was History.

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KrazyKain

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I dont see the big deal, the DSi was the only significant upgrade you had to buy... if you had a fat, then you didnt need a lite...

if you had a DSi you didnt need an XL

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SilverBaretta

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So many companies do this, it's not fair to just judge Nintendo. Apple and their mulitude of iPods and Macs/Macbooks, cell phone companies, Sony with their Slim models of PS2 and PS3, not to mention the PSP Go, and even Microsoft with their Xbox 360 Slim. The demographic changes too fast for any one piece of technology to be relevant in it's current form for an extended period of time. It's just business, and no one's forcing you to buy the latest and greatest. If Nintendo releases a 3DS Lite, the only justifiable reason to buy it would be if it had more features, which was the case with the DSi. Different models are for the convenience of the consumer who hasn't already bought the original.

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