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Nintendo 3DS: Nintendo State That They Aren’t Planning A Nintendo 3DS Lite

Nintendo 3DS hardware designer Kenichi Sugino has revealed that the company have no plans to bring out a slimmer revised edition of the 3DS.

During the latest edition of Iwata Asks 3DS hardware designer Kenichi Suginostating stated that it would be tough to further slim down the console with future revisions like it did with the original Nintendo DS.

“The first thing (Nobuo) Nagai-san, who’s in charge at the Uji plant, said to me when he looked over the designs for Nintendo 3DS before mass production began was ‘This time it’s fully packed right from the start’,” recalled Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.

“Oh, really?” replied Sugino. “But he was right. 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.”

“Yeah,” added Iwata. “When making Nintendo 3DS, we used all our tricks for Nintendo DS Lite – and more – for cutting down on size right from the start.”

– Iwata Asks



  1. eeeeehhhh, methinks it should be changed to ‘Nintendo State That They Aren’t Planning A Nintendo 3DS Lite Anytime Soon’.
    He says there aren’t any short term plans, which means we may get one remodel later on in it’s life, instead of the whored out number of models DS got.
    “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.”

    1. Of course people expect that there’s going to be a redesign somewhere along the line – as you would with most technology products.

      1. If people plan on getting into the next generation of handheld gaming, they should just buy it in its current form and enjoy it for a few years. Not a few months… years. It’ll be a while before a revision is made. When a better revision finally comes out, turn in the older product and drop another $150 on the fresher version. If you can’t set aside $150 for something you want (and you know it’s coming) after working for a few years, you need to get your priorities straight and not think about buying any handheld gaming consoles.

        Whether you wait for a revision or not, you’ll still be dropping hundreds to play the thing. It’s just a matter of when do you want to be playing it. Now or years from now?

  2. Good news I guess. But I have a feeling it´s PR thing. And there are always other things to do better. New screen tech that would increase the battery life, new chip in the hardware to make it more cost effective (like ps3 slim), and new tech within, like 3d camera facing towards the user, for 3d-chat. And so on. But they will just call it 3DS XL , and get away with it ;)

  3. it can’t get smaller? then they’ll do a 3DS XL in the future…it’s always like that…I’m just sad the green won’t be a release color :( it was my favorite one :(

  4. Ah, I see.

    I think he forgot to mention that they were planning a 3DS XL first; before releasing a Lite version – just so it isn’t as similar as the DS

  5. Of course no redesign would be a first for nintendo handhelds, excluding the V.Boy if you even want to consider that a portable. Hey who can say. Maybe if they do, it can come with a killer pack-in like the dsi penis gallery that the 6 year old got : p Either way, im expecting a redesign at least before the Contra 3ds sees release, which according to Amazon.Com’s preorder is new years eve 2020… Ha!

  6. Well the DS Lite was really an upgrade from the Original DS not just a slimmed downed version. The DS Lite introduced a much brighter screen, better feeling D pad/ABXY buttons and better positioned power button.

  7. If anything I think the next model would be called a 3DSi and would include a bigger 3D screen in the same sized package.

  8. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. I can almost guarantee that there will be a redesign of sorts, they just won’t specifically call it the “3DS Lite”. I expect the successor to have better battery life and perhaps even more features than the current 3DS already has. It’s bound to happen, probably sometime in the next 2-3 years.

  9. Of course they’re claiming they won’t release a newer model. If they announced that this early it would hurt initial sales during the release. I’m at least waiting for a better color selection. New games will be released for the DS for the time being, and the GBA slot is something I’m not ready to abandon. I’m not looking to download GBA games to the 3DS if I already own the cartridge

    1. You plan on getting rid of your current DS? If you do, you should reconsider seeing as you obviously don’t want to download what you already own.

  10. Just because they won’t make a new one that’s not much smaller per se, doesn’t mean they won’t make a new one at all. Ah, wordplay.

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