Ever since before the 3DS was officially unveiled, gamers claimed they would wait until the so-called "inevitable" revision that has accompanied all Nintendo's portable hardware over the years: you need only look at the number of iterations of the original GameBoy, GameBoy Advance and Nintendo DS consoles to realise the 3DS won't always look as we know it now. Nintendo doesn't want you to get your hopes up just yet though, as it has no short-term plans for a slimmer, lighter model.
In the latest Iwata Asks the Nintendo President chats with hardware designer Kenichi Sugino, who reveals the currently 3DS hardware uses all the space-saving tricks learnt from the DS Lite to make it as tiny as possible.
That's why we don't have any short-term plans for creating a more compact version of Nintendo 3DS like we did with Nintendo DS Lite.
Nobuo Nagai, Nintendo's senior director of its manufacturing division, is similarly adamant:
This time it's fully packed right from the start.
Naturally, as Nintendo's research and development division continues to investigate newer technologies it'll become possible to make the machine smaller, the screens bigger and introduce new features, but for now it seems Nintendo is pretty happy with the console's stature.