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For several generations of recent handheld game consoles, Nintendo has introduced numerous reiterations of their designs that still belonged to a particular generation and family with similar capabilities. But this will not happen to Nintendo 3DS and there will be no 3DSi, 3DS XL and similar upgrades. Instead, Nintendo has already began preparations for next-generation handheld gaming device.

"I really feel like I am satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it is the best for this generation. What we are thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld," said Shigeru Miyamoto, the general manager of Nintendo entertainment analysis and development, in an interview with IGN web-site.

It is natural that research and development of the successor of 3DS has started some time before the console itself was launched commercially. Therefore, there are no surprises that some of the technologies for the next-gen handheld device have already been developed to a certain degree.

What is more interesting is that Nintendo does not currently plan to create another version of the 3DS. One reason for that could be relatively slow sales of the current console and necessity to concentrate on one offering and not distract attention from it, another motivation might be relatively short lifecycle for the 3DS in general.

Mr. Miyamoto claims that a lot more can be done with the current 3DS hardware and stereo-3D gaming in general, hence, while the cycle may be shorter than that of the DS (around 6.5 years from the introduction of the original DS to the introduction of the 3DS), it looks like it will still last long enough for developers to take advantage of all the capabilities 3DS has.

Tags: Nintendo, 3DS, DS, DSI, Stereo 3D

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Unless Nintendo decides to go in the tablet or cell phone market with their next gen handheld and create a hybrid they can forget about seeing anything but slow sales for handheld gaming. With competition coming from cell phones and tablets now that have as good if not better graphics then handheld gaming devices more people are using them because of their versatility then ever before.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 06/14/12 05:30:18 AM]
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Put some real power on those gadgets at least double than PS Vita has and I might consider buying the next one...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 06/14/12 05:31:41 AM]
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No offense but you guys are seriously dumb. First of all Nintendo mainly said that fro 2 main reasons. 1) To Cause a commotion and 2) to avoid talking about their inevitable 3DS re-design. Look back to ALL the previous Nintendo Handheld's... every single one has had a re-design. From the original Gameboy to the DS EVERY SINGLE ONE. Also, Nintendo isn't stupid they recognize what are the two remaining flaws of the 3DS: Battery and the absence of a 2nd circle pad. I cant tell you how i know..l but i can "confirm" the new re-design will be here before holiday season NEXT YEAR (2013). Another thing it is widely known that Nintendo always starts to "develop" for upcoming hardware just a year or two after they released current hardware... hence the 3DS came out a little over a year ago.. so yes Nintendo "may" be brainstorming/ developing a new handheld .. but we wont see it until the 3DS' life span (minimum 4 years). Lastly, did you guys NOT see E3? Nintendo is really supporting the 3DS and so are 3rd parties. In fact 3DS game announcements look far more exciting than the Wii u! Why would Nintendo be pushing for all this content on the 3DS knowing it will soon be "outdone" by a newer handheld? Ill tell you why.. because a completely new Nintendo handheld wont see the light of day before 2015 - I Promise you that.

(P.S. The Wii u development started in early 2009 .. no joke.. look up the facts. Did that mean we got the new Wii u back in 2009 or even 2010 for that matter.. NOPE... Not until Holiday season this year, 2012. So if you want to apply the same principal for the sake of argument .. that means the Wii u took about 4 years to develop. Meaning earliest we MIGHT see a completely new Handheld would be in in late 2015 to early 2016.. and thats pushing it in my opinion.
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