Shigeru Miyamoto has told IGN that Nintendo is extremely happy with the Nintendo 3DS’ form factor, and that we shouldn’t expect a revision anytime soon. Miyamoto went on to say that Nintendo isn’t developing a revised console as The Nikkei reported, but they are looking to the future and their next handheld games console.

“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.”

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  1. Is there much reason to be considering a new handheld? The 3ds hasn’t been out that long. Right now it seems like a waste of energy and time

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    • Fair enough but I don’t see why, it says they are working an a successor to the 3DS instead of a remake of the 3DS, therefore working on the next gen handheld console instead of a remake of the 3DS, like the lite was a remake of the original DS

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  2. Wow, thats pretty kwl and pretty soon but its good to hear. Means I won’t have to pay a load for a new 3DS in 2 years or so, and just save up for the next model in 4-6 years :D

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  3. Sorry to say this but i honestly think handhelds has ran out of it’s fuel. I’m sure the PlayStation Vita is Sony’s last handheld system.

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    • Nintendo will always create handhelds. And until Pokemon dies, Nintendo Handhelds will be around forever.

      Personally, I see Nintendo making a handheld so strong, it could come with a device, allowing the top screen of the handheld to be streamed to your TV, so it’s a Handheld and Console in ONE!!

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      • So basically, you’re saying all handhelds need are Pokemon.

        Keep fooling yourself, lol. Pokemon’s going to head straight to smartphones in the future. And Ninty will suck it up, since they don’t actually own the Pokemon Company.

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          • Uhm, no they don’t. In fact they don’t even own 50% of the company, more like 32%. Don’t know about you, but a 32% stake isn’t “ownership”. Pokemon is second party.

            Which certainly doesn’t mean they’re entitled to keep it that way. :P

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              • ha ha yeah buddy, you put him, her in his/her place! and sorry Aeolus, but your comments are like somewhat offensive, so just take it easy, it´s only a comment, not a fight, are we all ok? :D

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            • well, pokemon in psp, xbox? what? oh I didn´t heard, NO? Of course it´s only for Nintendo, and yet still true that Nintendo desn´t own Pokemon at all but, still they own the most, so it´s another way to own pokemon, because it´s only for them, not to other consoles.

              Good luck honey ;)

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    • what i meant to say was its coming out but without a revision as in no second circle pad or features but just bigger screens and longer battery life

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  4. Yeah I’m surprised he’s even saying that…I kind of thought this generation was the last generation of handhelds…I don’t see how they could make yet ANOTHER handheld system once smartphones become even MORE popular.

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    • Dedicated handheld game systems won’t lose to the likes of smartphones and tablets. Even some developer’s are saying so. But for analysts it’s the opposite. But I trust developers more :D

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  5. sweet. I bet the next one will keep the 3d effect and introduce a new innovation. knowing nintendo it’s going to be mind bogglingly awesome.

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  6. I mean, I sure don’t want 3 other versions like the DS had but I would like at least one upgrade. Slightly bigger screens would be nice but the thing I would want most improved upon would be the camera. The 3DS needs a MUCH better camera build into it. That was my only disappointment (though the system obviously was built for gaming NOT photography). And I’m curious if futures handhelds will continue to be in 3D?

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  7. and this time,i want my new 3ds to support youtube and good graphics.i have been playing games with gamecube graphics for 9 FUCKING YEARS or 10

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  8. I think this article is misleading. Instead of revising the 3DS, they’ll work on the next gen. Ok, but it doesn’t mean they started to develop it yet. Buy a 3DS now. Don’t expect a next gen DS so soon.

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  9. Ok, people, don’t start to think about a unveil next year, or the next 2 years. He just said that they are starting to think about a successor, and it’s understandable, the 3DS got released 2 years ago, they started to think about the Wii U 2 years after the Wii was released.

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  10. Glad to hear this. :)
    Do any of you guys have any ideas of what Nintendo should on their next portable?
    I for one, hope that they keep the 3D and add HD to it. Also unlike the 3DS, make some adjustments so that when you tilt your 3DS you don’t loose the 3D effect.

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  11. I think what the article means is that the DS is over which means the design such as present 3ds and ds will be gone. A new handheld design will be born but not sure what other design they could make besides the dual screen, hopefully its not an ipad look alike lol.

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  12. please, take as much time as possible. we want the 3DS to live long, then get blown away by the next Nintendo handheld

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  13. Slightly misleading title, it only says they’re thinking about a successor, not that they’re working on one. It’s pretty much the same thing I guess but it suggests that they’re saying “no we’re not going to release a 3DS revision soon, but we will release the 3DS’s successor soon”. Idk it’s probably me being petty as always but…

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  14. 1080p touch screen and 1080p 3D screen, with as much ram as the Wii U, dual clickable circle pads, tight and think d-pad, L/R trigger, R bumper that doesn’t brake.

    I just described paradise!

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  15. Here’s my thoughts.

    Right now, Nintendo is not going to announce a 3DS revision until they are damn near ready to release it, because it would cannibalize sales of the current version. If they do release a new version, expect a special presentation or conference followed by a release within a month (2 months tops!).

    Considering we did not hear an announcement at E3 and the fact that Nintendo will have their hands full with the Wii U release, I do not expect we will hear of any revision within the next 18 months. Once the Wii U has been on the market for a year, then I could foresee a potential 3DS revision.

    Now in terms of what the 3DS revision might include, I believe it will be four key elements:
    1) Camera’s with a higher resolution capability
    2) A second circle pad
    3) Larger screens
    4) More 3D “depth”

    In 18 months, Nintendo will be able to produce a revision with these enhancements at a price comparable, or possibly cheaper, then it would be today, so it would be able to come in at the $200 mark. Combined with a large 3DS backlog of games – it would be a very big holiday hit. And early 3DS owners won’t feel too burned because they will have had their 3DS’s for over 2 years.

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  16. This doesn’t say they’re working on a successor. They’re looking at the next gen of handhelds, but we shouldn’t expect that anytime soon.

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  17. 3DS successor. Let the predictions begin. Anyone else expecting it to have mobile capabilities. Of course sony’s will, but this would be good for Nintendo too, I think. It could access the Nintendo Network using satellites. You flip the 3DS around, or slide it to be similar in style to an iphone. Of course it’ll be reverse compatible with previous gen games. Something new will be needed for the games though. How about…. dual touch screen and 3D capabilities. Maybe. Or some cool tech that hasn’t been invented yet. That’d work too. Clickable double circle pads. I heard nintendo was working on making clickable circle pads somewhere. I don’t know if it could have double triggers though. Maybe have it so that a second set of triggers could fold out or something, so as to not make it uncomfortable in your pocket. I’ll leave it at that for now. What do you think will be in it?

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  18. I’m okay with this. Sure, there are a few flaws in the system, but at least I don’t have to shell out money for a new 3DS. (If only there would be a way to fix that battery life…)

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