What’s a Nintendo 3DS without the 3D bit? Er… a souped-up Nintendo DS console?
That’s a fairly accurate description we’d say, and one that doesn’t sound all that exciting in this new age of glasses-less 3D handhelds and mega-powerful PS Vitas.
But according to 01Net, a 3D-less Nintendo 3DS may be exactly what Ninty have tucked up their sleeves. They’re claiming a new redesigned version of the latest handheld on the block will “radically tone down” the 3D effect, as well as featuring an optional $10 second analog stick too.
The 3DS has struggled to sell all that well since its launch, though a recent massive price cut saw sales pick up a fair bit. 01Net are now suggesting that the price cut was to encourage a fire sale of sorts before this new version is revealed.
It all sounds a bit off. Sure, the Nintendo 3DS is having a bit of a hard time right now, but to considerably scale back what’s billed as its big USP seems ridiculous. It’s like Nintendo launching the Wii, then dropping motion-support.
However 01Net, the gaming blog that grabbed the scoop, were also the first guys to correctly nab the Wii U and PS Vita’s specs before those consoles were officially revealed, so it can’t be ruled out just yet. Certainly, the original Nintendo 3DS went through multiple redesigns, with its second-generation Nintendo DS Lite the most popular.
Are we looking at a Nintendo 3DS Lite? Is the removal of marmite-like 3D Nintendo’s drastic plan to save the 3DS?