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    New 3DS on the way

    Nintendo in new handheld none shock

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    Nintendo is preparing both an external second circle pad add-on for the 3DS, as well as an entirely new model which "radically tones down" the system's 3D capabilities, according to insider sources.French site 01Net has published the first in a four part report detailing how the platform holder is currently in turmoil over the direction to take its new handheld following disappointing launch sales.
    While some of its claims seem rather out-there, the site has pedigree - it correctly broke news of Wii U and PlayStation Vita specs before both machines' respective announcements earlier this year.
    According to its source, who it describes as "one of the very few Nintendo employees to dare break the code of silence", the company is currently working on a detachable second circle pad for the handheld.
    Apparently the decision not to include two analogue sticks in the initial system build is a source of great regret at Nintendo HQ and was a result of the production process being rushed to ensure the system launched before the PlayStation Vita.
    Nintendo's engineers are reportedly spending "sleepless nights" fine-tuning the add-on, which will sell for "about $10".
    The source added that the platform holder has asked "a select group of developers" to work on titles for the peripheral, though third parties are growing increasingly disgruntled at Nintendo's approach.
    As well as the dual analogue attachment, the insider also claimed that Nintendo is preparing a second iteration of the console for release in 2012.
    The new version will "radically tone down" the system's 3D features, possibly rebranding the machine entirely. It was suggested that the recent price cut was planned partly as a means to get rid of stocks of the launch 3DS, clearing the way for a successor.
    Finally, the source reported widespread third party frustration at the limited availability of 3DS dev kits. There is still reportedly a long waiting list for the units nearly six months after launch, with only 300 units being made a month.
    According to 01Net's mole, development of the kits has been outsourced away from Nintendo's internal Intelligent Systems division to Tokyo Electric and Marubeni.
    I really feel sorry for people that buy Nintendos new handhelds as they seem to come out more often than Apple products

    Also heres a response with sound

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI1nPd7hezM&t=0m59s
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    errr... I might believe the one about about the circle pad add on, but making a new 3ds in 2012 just doesn't sound...right. o.0
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    ^^^ Do you forget how fast the DS Lite came about? >_> Less than two years. Can't say I'm shocked either.

    But this "detachable" second analogue really is some poor presentation... Not adding this during conception of the 3DS alone is poorly done. It feels like Nintendo hired Tetsuya Nomura to make the console... .-.

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    I don't think that making a new successor would be right especially if people paid $249.99 then five seconds later it's obsolete. It would be worse if they did do that and only thing consumers got back was 20 free games for their obsolete system when they could have been given their money back. As for the add-on, I'd need to see it first and then I'll make an opinion. Remember that this is just a rumor right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluRayPSP View Post
    I don't think that making a new successor would be right especially if people paid $249.99 then five seconds later it's obsolete.
    Unfortunately, that's how all technological businesses generally work. Computers are constantly getting updated hardware and old PCs are obsolete in less than a year, cell phones are out-dating each other at an even faster pace, etc.

    Hence why patience is a virtue I'm gonna stick with.

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