Nintendo said to be readying replacement for 3DS
The eyes have it
Nintendo may be preparing a 3DS revision that plays down the handheld's ability to display games and media in 3D.
So says French-language website 01net, citing the outpourings of an unnamed Nintendo employee, who claimed the move has been prompted by parental fears that the 3DS' screen will mess with their nippers' eyes - and the impact that is having on 3DS sales.
Nintendo has long warned parents not to leave a 3DS - reviewed here - in the hands of kids under the age of seven.
The new DS would retain the 3D capability of the 3DS, presumably for backward compatibility, but would be presented more as a connected gaming device - the better, that suggests, to also combat Sony's PS Vita, due, like the 3DS replacement, next year.
The 3DS has embroiled Nintendo in a row over 3D patents. Sales have been unimpressive, forcing a 30 per cent price cut to be made last month. ®
History Repeats itself?
Looks like Nintendo learned nothing from their last foray into 3D.
Nintendo handhelds are a bit like Microsoft releases
Wait for the second or third update before you buy one.
Personally I still love the looks of envy my GB Micro gets whenever I'm on the train. Why would anyone ever need a handheld more powerful than a Space Harrier cab anyway?
Perhaps also because it's naff?
The adverts are amusing, listening to Nintendo breathlessly play up the console's "amazing graphics", that still aren't on a par with the original PSP., and the "advanced connectivity" that basically equates to "online multiplayer." In fact, the current ads barely mention 3D at all, to be honest.
There have been a good number of DS revisions now, and I've owned several of them. In truth, I'd rather have a PSP Slim than any of them, hands down, no contest. The DS range focuses on gimmicks and "family friendly" shovelware trash, whereas the PSP has titles that look suspiciously like actual games.