French site 01net has sparked up another intense round of rumour milling with its latest rumour that Nintendo is currently preparing to unveil a new design of the Nintendo 3DS.

01net's anonymous source claims the company will show off a new version of the console that downplays the 3D aspects and introduces a second analogue stick, reportedly for release in 2012.

For current owners, Nintendo engineers are allegedly developing an attachment for the 3DS that will add a second analogue stick or Circle Pad to the equation, apparently selling for around $10.

While 01net has good form in this regard — it was right about the Wii U controller after all — we also advise caution when dealing with rumours, so don't get too carried away.