Nintendo Starts Development of Next-Generation Handheld Game Console

Nintendo Has No Plans for Upgraded 3DS, Works on Next-Generation Portable

by Anton Shilov
06/13/2012 | 09:38 PM

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.