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Nintendo Rumored to Announce New 3DS at E3 on Tuesday

While Nintendo’s already spilled the beans on the Wii U Pro Controller and the new social tie-ins for Miiverse, it might still have a few things up its sleeve for its E3 2012 press conference tomorrow at 9 a.m. PST.

Japanese news agency Nikkei recently reported that Nintendo will be revealing the Nintendo 3DS XL, which does for the 3DS what the DSi XL did for the DSi. It’ll feature a beefier screen at 4.3 inches, an improvement over its current 3.5 inch screen.

Other details about this rumor are scant. If this rumor proves to be true, I hope that the 3DS XL will feature a second joystick, removing any need for the bulky eyesore that’s the Circle Pad Pro. All we can do now is wait for tomorrow to see if this rumor will be debunked or not.  

  • alidan
    who cares if you needed an addon for a second analogue stick... caring about looks over function is retarded in my eyes. unless you have a legitimate gripe about the ergonomics, which you very well may, shut up.

    that said, a revamp on the 3ds sounds to be about the right thing to do.
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  • dormantreign
    I just want a WiiU already with that pro controller :)
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  • beardguy
    Here's an idea, ditch the 3D. Then with the production savings, beef up the hardware.
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  • gilgamex
    beardguyHere's an idea, ditch the 3D. Then with the production savings, beef up the hardware.
    Once developers really spend some time over the next few years with the 3d capabilities I think they'll produce some highly original things. The Original DS at first saw some very lackluster use of the stylus, dual screens & the lower touch capabilities but was used to great effect later on in its life.

    Also, it's impossible to change the hardware (audio/graphical/computing) at this point in the game. The Dev kits have long been out and 3DS owners would flip out if their games couldn't run because of the need for the newer version. Even with these potentially bigger screens the resolution of them will most likely be the same as the 3DS.

    While I think we are all a little ticked with Nintendo going cheap on the graphics they are not short of innovation. Though it irked me quite a bit knowing how much money the 3DS took to make vs. the original price of $250, that's a serious profit margin except sales didn't make it so.

    At it's price point now I think Nintendo has little to worry about, the DS had a terrible launch lineup and for some time afterwards a slow trickle of OK games, but it wound up doing amazingly. Vita needs to hit at least the $200 with a solid bundled memory card to be viable in this changing game world, even with its superior graphical & functional capabilities.




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  • eddieroolz
    I'm still not interested in a 3DS, however :\
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  • aoneone
    Yay lets have a bigger 3DS screen where my eyes can be even more damaged and maybe permenantly. I sold my 3DS about 4 months after I bought it because it has been proven to ruin your eye sight. No thanks for me! 3DS is dangerous.. trust me
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  • alidan
    gilgamexOnce developers really spend some time over the next few years with the 3d capabilities I think they'll produce some highly original things. The Original DS at first saw some very lackluster use of the stylus, dual screens & the lower touch capabilities but was used to great effect later on in its life. Also, it's impossible to change the hardware (audio/graphical/computing) at this point in the game. The Dev kits have long been out and 3DS owners would flip out if their games couldn't run because of the need for the newer version. Even with these potentially bigger screens the resolution of them will most likely be the same as the 3DS.While I think we are all a little ticked with Nintendo going cheap on the graphics they are not short of innovation. Though it irked me quite a bit knowing how much money the 3DS took to make vs. the original price of $250, that's a serious profit margin except sales didn't make it so.At it's price point now I think Nintendo has little to worry about, the DS had a terrible launch lineup and for some time afterwards a slow trickle of OK games, but it wound up doing amazingly. Vita needs to hit at least the $200 with a solid bundled memory card to be viable in this changing game world, even with its superior graphical & functional capabilities.
    once you see a game in 3d that was built for 3d, you wonder how you even played it before.
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  • fulle
    alidanonce you see a game in 3d that was built for 3d, you wonder how you even played it before.
    3D requires a fixed view point, so you have to look at it just right or it just jacks up and gives you a headache. For example, it's necessary to turn 3D off for certain aiming options in Zelda, because if you tilt the 3DS, the 3D would be a problem.

    You might like it, but I personally think it's a gimmick feature, and I hate it.
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  • beardguy
    @gilgamex,

    Yes, no question there will be some great titles to hit the 3DS. And once the dev momentum gets going I think we will indeed see some pretty impressive graphics for the hardware.

    That was more a tongue-in-cheek statement I was making. I really hate the 3D aspect of it, literally gives me a migraine headache in a few minutes. Also, I wouldn't buy this thing for my kids after knowing it could have negative effects on their eyes.

    Just wish they would have ditched the 3D, but yeah, too late.
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  • beardguy
    alidanonce you see a game in 3d that was built for 3d, you wonder how you even played it before.
    Whoah, are you crazy? :) Seriously though, I HATE the 3D. You must be one of the rare few who can play the 3DS in 3D without getting a headache or eyestrain.
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