Nintendo: No “short-term plans” for a Nintendo 3DS Lite

During a discussion within his latest ‘Iwata Asks’ column, it has been revealed that consumers shouldn’t expect the company to release a revised version of their upcoming 3DS system within the near future.

Whilst Nintendo had previously released a DS Lite model just over a year after the release of the initial Nintendo DS system, it would seem that the company are seeking to affirm that this won’t be the case with its latest handheld.

“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.’ 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 explained, during the discussion.

This was then followed by a comment from Kenichi Sugino, who works within Nintendo’s Research and Engineering Department, who further added “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.”

Does such news mean that you are more likely to pick up a Nintendo 3DS at launch, or will you still be holding out for a revised version?

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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