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Miyamoto Talks Down Idea of 3DS Redesign

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Thinking about 'future generation of handheld'

On the cusp of E3 we reported a rumour, from Japanese newspaper Nikkei, that Nintendo was planning to announce a bigger 3DS, which was subsequently denied by Nintendo. It wasn't the first time that talk of a 3DS redesign had surfaced, with previous rumours of an amended system that would include a second circle pad. Based on recent comments from Shigeru Miyamoto in an interview with IGN, and the absence of any announcements so far, it's conceivable that Nintendo will decide to stick with the current model in the foreseeable future.

When asked directly about whether a new 3DS model was in the works, Miyamoto was clear in his answer.

I really feel like I'm satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it's the best for this generation. What we're thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld.

On the issue of whether a second circle pad is needed, Miyamoto pointed out that the gyroscope can provide the functionality needed for those controls: let's not forget the Circle Pad Pro, either. The fact that Shigeru Miyamoto denies the likelihood of a redesigned 3DS doesn't mean it's not secretly in Nintendo's plans, and the company is always thinking about future consoles and innovation.

If there's never a 3DS redesign, will the existing setup satisfy you for the handheld's whole lifespan?


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CanisWolfred said:

"If there's never a 3DS redesign, will the existing setup satisfy you for the handheld's whole lifespan?"

Yes, so long as I never have to play a game that requires complex camera controls. In other words, no.



Megumi said:

I really don't care....they already said the current 3DS crammed with technology, and people would start complaining of the size of a bigger 3DS anyways, lol. Its not like the CPP is REQUIRED to play those games anyway.



Samholy said:

i dont mind, although a second slider pad could be a great thing.
maybe something a little lighter too. i mean, if they can achieve a super processor in the latest iphone model, why couldnt they put the 3ds slicker, lighter.

anyway. id prefer they release a new console with 3ds backward compatibility over a 3ds redesgin just keep the 3D right, it looks marvelous and unique when you get used to it.



SonyFACE said:

If it means I have to pay for a redesigned 3DS (gasp) then I don't want a redesign. In other words, I don't want one. I'll keep my regular old original model 3DS, please.



cfgk24 said:

Next Gen handheld will be HD - with better web browser but it doesn't need 2 circle pads - I never used CPP on Resident evil or any other game - 3ds is perfect really



cosmicspeed said:

My philosophy; if my hands are cramping from playing, its probably because I have been playing too long.



AVahne said:

Yes, yes it will. If I ever need to use complex camera control in a game, I'd use gyro or the touchscreen. And if I REALLY need to, I can just get a circle pad pro or power grip pro to also have added trigger buttons.



Shugo said:

I loved the DSi XL a lot; I find myself playing handheld games at home often, so the XL's larger screen was great. It still fit in my pocket as well, so it didn't really hinder its function as a portable, especially with its larger battery.

I would definitely prefer a "3DS XL", which would hopefully afford the space for a second circle pad and larger battery. But most importantly, it would have a larger screen; I feel that a lot of the high quality graphics the 3DS is putting out are wasted on that tiny, tiny screen.

Alternatively, Nintendo could finally give people who aren't in the press the ability to play DS/3DS games on a TV, but that's probably getting a little too optimistic...



RR529 said:

I'm fine with it as is. I was able to get through MGS3D just fine without a CPP (fantastic game BTW), so I don't think I'll ever run into any problems with the current setup.



warioswoods said:

I'd like to point out just how far we've come without seeing this "inevitable" dual-analog redesign that many sites (NintendoLife included) were so certain would appear. I'd like to point out that I've been a naysayer about that possibility all along (outside of perhaps a special XL model).



Yosher said:

The only thing I really dislike about the current design is how the top screen touches parts of the bottom when the system is closed, that gets ugly stripes on the top screen and a circle around the left speaker from the Circle Pad. If they'd fix that issue alone it'd be great for me.



MetroidMasher17 said:

I like the 3DS as it is. However, I wouldn't say no to a 3DS redesign with much better battery life. Nyko's PowerPack and the like are just too bulky for me...



KaiserGX said:

Yosher send your 3DS in for repair, they will give you bigger bumpers like my Midnight Purple 3DS.



PixelatedPixie said:

Although conceptually the 3DS design is fine, I have serious problems with my launch day 3DS in terms of it's construction and it's battery life. The D-pad on mine really sucks, as does the right shoulder button, and of course the battery is terrible. My sister has a new 3DS and already the D-pad seems to be slightly improved and the shoulder buttons feel more clicky. I'd kind of hoped they'd announce an upgrade this year though so I had an excuse to buy a new one.



NintyMan said:

I have to agree with him. I'm satisified with what I have and have no desire to get a remodel in the near future. I'd rather they think about the next handheld than the next remodel of an exisiting handheld.



KaiserGX said:

I have no problems with the battery at all. Though I herd the newer models have a different screen that uses less power. I leave power saver off, brightness 2 and I use the cradle when I am not using it.



FJOJR said:

I like my 3DS. If one stick was good enough for me on the N64 it's fine for me now.



Edlicious said:

I think a redesigned 3DS in gonna happen, Nintendo always upgrades their handhelds, Gameboy pocket to Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance to SP to Micro, and Ds to Ds lite to DSi to DsiXL. A 3DS with another circle pad and a bigger screen and better battery life is gonna happen one way or another.



DarkKirby said:

Nintendo CAN'T suggest they are releasing an upgraded 3DS unless they are ready to release it. It would hinder the sales on the current 3DS. That said, I would like an upgraded 3DS with a circle pad pro built in, a better battery, dedicated screenshot button, and enough graphical power to never lag in 3D.

Releasing a new 3DS this year would actually be foolish, as much as I want it, as it would compete with the Wii U.



yobucky said:

I think a redesign won't happen until the 3DS is in the same profit region as the DS. Then they can afford the R & D costs. Why retool and remake a console that is only now starting to gain momentum? As for the second circle pad built in? Can't see that happening as it would be vastly underused, simply because developers aren't going to get behind a feature that isn't on all the models, so it'll only ever be an optional control method, which makes it no better than the circle pad pro, which is only supported by 3 or 4 games at the moment. Like with the camera on the DSI, only a few games added that in as random extra features, it couldn't be anything critical to the gameplay.

So I think for now the 3DS will stay as it is and maybe towards the end of it's life they'll do a redesign to give it a sales boost.



Geonjaha said:

Great news. Constant redesigns arent good.
I'm happy with my 3DS, and I wouldnt buy another one just for a second circle pad or an oversized screen..



Slapshot said:

"On the issue of whether a second circle pad is needed, Miyamoto pointed out that the gyroscope can provide the functionality needed for those controls."

Yes, it worked perfectly in Kid Icarus... oh wait...



McHaggis said:

@firearrow505 you mean like the Vita's analogue sticks? I'd take two circle pads over those tiny things any day. Circle pads need ridges for better grip, though.



Phle said:

Ah, that guy is genius! Love the cute innocent face (^_^)

I don't think the 3DS needs a redesign and they don't have to release a new model anytime soon.



ajcismo said:

Love my 3DS, and I've been around long enough (and given enough of my $$ to Big N) to know and understand that this isn't 1991 anymore. They can't ride the same handheld for a decade. Look at how long the Gameboy series was around: Spinach, NES-style colors, and then the GBA... which ran its overdue course for what, 12, 13+ years? Only jumping to 16-bit the last few years of its life. Meanwhile, competition and technology blew past them faster than they thought possible, or cared to acknowledge.
When the 3DS was released, their R&D dept was probably given a few days off and then either A: Began working on 3DS "upgrades", like the DSi series. and/or B: Began working on the next generation of handheld entirely. It would not surprise me one bit if the 3DS does not fall under the same umbrella of lengthy time-frame as the GB and DS series.
Wrapping up my long rant, shortening the distance between generations has to happen for Nintendo to maintain their King of Handhelds status. Betcha a donut, the next gen has a cellphone feature and HD screen.



MeloMan said:

It just isn't time... it will be well after the Wii U launch dust has settled before we even hear about it, but it will come. So far, MGS3D:SE is the only game that made it really hard to navigate the camera that I personally have contended with, but who knows what will come in the future? Gyro is good... ONLY if it is implemented by the developer. I still can't justify owning that nasty looking CPP, just my opinion. I'll wait patiently for the revision... oh yes, it will come.



Lalivero said:

@cfgk24 Next gen handheld without a 2nd CP? Huge 'nty'. I admit the 3ds is fine as it is at the moment(as long as developers know what they're doing), but that 2nd CP should really be a must for any future handheld devices.

Anymore games with controls like KI:U(amazing game nonetheless) and I'm going to scream. I speak for myself on this, but as a lefty, it felt really awkward in general(got only a little use to it), as the face buttons didn't work nearly as well as a CP(built in) on that side would have. Doubt there would be many like that anyways, but you get what I mean.

On top of that, literally nobody around where I live has CPPs in stock whatsoever, or have even heard of it it seems for that matter; I'm not blaming the Big N of course, but I shouldn't be forced to have something mailed in to be completely comfortable with my handheld.

The way I see it, control-wise, I see the 3DS as more N64-like(as someone earlier up put it), with the one 'stick/pad', so I'd only hope the next gen handheld has 2 automatically, like a GC.



sinalefa said:

There will be a redesign, but that will probably happen years from now, when the 3DS does not sell as good. And since there are that many games that use the CPP ( and none have it as a mandatory thing), then a redesign is not really that necessary now.

TBH, I am happy with mine. I would still buy a redesign in the future so I can transfer my Pokémon and take it outside without fear of it being lost or stolen, losing my Ambassador games.



Freak-Show said:

Nintendo shouldn't worry about exterior/ hardware of the 3DS. They really should just update it so you can watch vids on the web and add friends easier.

I can't stress this enough T_T



MagicEmperor said:

I like the 3DS the way it is, personally. I mean, we already have the Circle Pad Pro, so I think a demand for such a redesign is moot (no offense). Battery life, however, is a mild concern.



Sgt_Garlic said:

Love him, but he's bluffing. Companies are always "developing or researching the next gen" or whatever you want to call it. Of course he wouldn't say that they're making a revision. People would just wait on that, while the current 3DS' collect dust on shelves. They want to build momentum with the current 3DS, not stunt it. I expect some kind of revision by the end of 2013/spring of 2014.



Drawdler said:

They said this about a HD Wii. Trust me, it'll definetly be available or ablest announced by '14.



luminalace said:

C'mon Shiggy, we all know a redesign is coming! It may be a 3DS Lite, a 3DS XL or something else entirely but bet your bottom dollar it's in the works and will be released at the time Nintendo thinks it's best!



grimbldoo said:

If they redesign the 3DS, then they better give it more powerful hardware, a second slider pas, and have the game memory save to the system instead of the chip, you can keep the chip, but limiting the game memory to the chip itself has been outdated for a while.



Rekiotsu said:

Current 3ds is perfect as it is, it's not like a original ds or something. I would hate it, if they made a new model.



BenAV said:

I'm happy with my 3DS, but I don't think it's going to last me until the next generation of handhelds.
If they do decide to make a new version, I hope they do it before I need to buy a new 3DS, because it'd suck if I bought a new one and then they announced it not long after.
Oh, and make it the same size please.



Malkeor said:

So I think we learned our lesson...about that rumor chick? What's her name again? It's so I can make a mental note not to believe a single letter she types.
Yeah, don't trust her.



TimboBaggins said:

No. I don't need a redesign, I think the 3ds is awesome how it is. I don't need a second joystick, I probably wouldn't play it if it had one.



SanderEvers said:

A second joystick on a 3DS is like Move on a PS3 or Kinect on an XBOX 360. Only a few games use it, so you really don't need it.



SanderEvers said:

So even IF they'd make an updated 3DS, it WILL NOT HAVE AN 2nd ANALOG STICK. If they'd make a 3DS2 (like a completely new Handheld with a new SDK and new exclusive games) then it will / might have that 2nd analog stick + extra shoulder buttons intergrated.



mamp said:

Nintendo always upgrades their handhelds, I think in about a year or two it'll happen, with dual analogs too because if cross play does happen with the wii U it might need them.



Bassman_Q said:

I too speculate that Ninty will release a new model in a year or two. TBH, I kind of feel that the 3DS could look a bit sleeker. If you look closely, it seems like the two halves of the clamshell don't touch in a sleek manner like the DS Lite or DSi. If it were more sleek and curvy, had a gripped circle pad, a better battery, and a fix to the button-touching-the-top-screen issue, I feel it could be at its prime.



ThreadShadow said:

Okay, no twin-stick redesign, can I get a XL version then? Okay can you at least release the white version that Japan has it looks so.. No? Oh...uh...

: (



Doma said:

Of course a redesign is coming - it's a Nintendo handheld.
What else would you expect him to say before it's announced officially/ready for release? it'd only encourage people to wait.



SteveW said:

I don't care about a redesign for anything else other than larger screens. It doesn't sound like it's coming anytime soon so for now I think I will just give up and sell my 3DS stuff, it's just too uncomfortable trying to play on screens this size.



Shotgunryugan said:

I'm fine with my 3DS,so i don't really care for a redesign,although if there is one,then i'd like the GBA slot back,pretty please with Pokemon Emerald on top?



Rect_Pola said:

Gyro sensor is not a solution to lacking a second thumb pad. It has never been implemented where it lacked awkwardness compared to flicking a thumb pad.

"Let's not forget the Circle Pad Pro" - let's not also forget you made the stupid thing exclusive and supply has been inexcusable. Also as an add-on, only a small portion of games are going bother with it.



1takauchiha said:

"If there's never a 3DS redesign, will the existing setup satisfy you for the handheld's whole lifespan?"

Yes, I will. Not only do I feel that the 3DS is perfect as is, there's no way I'm going to spend some 250$ on a second.



coolvw93 said:

i think i will be fine with keeping my 3ds even if there are some redesigns. i kept my ds lite for ever and kept waiting for the next gen (3ds). the only reason i would do that is if the redesign had something that my 3ds couldnt do, it would have to be something that bugs me everytime i saw it.



MarkyVigoroth said:

I was about to decide to get a Purple 3DS, but then I took a bit of research.
Apparently, there is a hardware re-design every 2 years.
The 3DS has only 1 year of mass-existence.
(...not that that should bother me; the better games are coming later.)



tardis10 said:

You could always Streamline the screen set-up, enhance the button layout and double the circle pad capacity - Then you'd have a PSVita.

P.S. - I didn't buy one of those.



ouroborous said:

Obviously there will be a redesign, his denial means nothing other than Nintendo doesn't want you to know until they Want you to know. ;p
Since games will be downloadable in the future, they will release one with more internal memory and most likely add another analog pad. As for a 3DS XL, probably not, but they might increase the screen size a bit. It certainly wouldn't have hurt for them to have made the screen on par with PSP to begin with, then they would have had the room for the second analog. But then, Nintendo NEVER does anything the smart or obvious way. ;p



New_3DaSh_XL said:

I want a bigger, higher resolution screen for one reason and one reason only.

Super Smash Bros 3D doesn't look like it'll fit onto such a small screen.



lex0plex said:

Actually, I can see a handheld in Nintendo's future that works like the WiiU Gamepad (but with whatever will follow the WiiU) except that you can bring it anywhere. Games are soon going to be an entirely software experience and the 3DS and WiiU already share so many games... they just need to bridge the gap, graphically speaking.



Lyndexer said:

I don't get why people are so picky about a handheld game system. I'm completely fine with my 3DS. But, I don't think increasing the size of the 3DS won't change their market sales, to be honest.

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