You may have heard that Nintendo is gearing up for the launch of the Wii U. Part of that process is a whirlwind press tour which we caught in Miami last week. Nintendo wasn't showing anything we hadn't seen before, but the tricked out Airstream trailer was too cool not to share.
Last night on Nintendo Direct, the Japanese giant confirmed an earlier Nikkei report, revealing a much larger, and much more round 3DS. The new machine features a larger everything: the top screen clocks in at 4.88 inches, and the bottom at a respectable 4.18 inches. Up from the 3.53-inch top screen and 3.02-inch lower screen on the original 3DS. The good news is that Nintendo hasn't given us long to wait for the new system.
Are you not happy with the current Nintendo 3DS form factor? Are you hoping Nintendo will revise the 3DS, perhaps with larger screens or a thinner chassis? Nintendo says it's already working on a 3DS successor.
Now that Nintendo's already peeled back the curtain on the Wii U and Wii U GamePad, what will the company announce at its E3 press conference tomorrow morning? Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting that Nintendo is going to grow its 3DS handheld with larger screens. Pricing for the Wii U in Japan is also outlined.
It's been a rough year for Nintendo's 3DS handheld. After launching at a "pricey" $250, followed by a game drought and by an emergency price cut to $170, the 3DS has managed to sell nearly twice as many units than its successful DS predecessor within their respective one year birthdays.
Having released the Circle Pad Pro in Japan over the weekend, all eyes turned to Nintendo to unveil when U.S. gamers would get in on the "dual-analog" fun. Without any fancy press conferences, Nintendo mentioned in passing that the dock will be released on Feb. 7 for $20 through Gamestop.
Along with news of the Expansion Slide Pad, Nintendo will also be offering another software update that'll let 3DS users shoot their own fun 3D videos. Time to shoot my homemade AVATAR sequel.
Nintendo didn't even mention the 3DS's second Circle Pad attachment at its pre-Tokyo Game Show (it never attends the show) 3DS conference last night. But sure enough, a tiny blurb popped up on its Japanese site pricing, dating and listing the games that will support the expansion attachment.
It's real. Scans from the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu have confirmed the Nintendo 3DS will receive a second analog stick as well as an extra pair of shoulder triggers with a bulky accessory. Yay, gamers and game developers win, right? Not exactly.
Even with an insane price cut, Nintendo could still be worried that its glasses-free 3D push with the 3DS isn't winning gamers fast enough. A new report suggests that Nintendo might be planning a new 3DS that'll add on a second Circle Pad (analog stick) and downplay the eye-popping 3D effects.