Well that didn’t take long, did it?
As many of you may recall, Nintendo boss Shigeru Miyamoto stated in an interview with IGN that there wouldn’t be a hardware update for the 3DS. It was a common refrain among potential 3DS buyers that they’d just “wait for the 3DS Lite,” and it seems Miyamoto wanted to put those rumors to rest. He said to IGN, “I really feel like I’m satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it’s the best for this generation. What we’re thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld.”
Well, it’s been a whole nine days since that interview was published, and apparently times have changed at Nintendo. Launching on August 19, the new 3DS XL will have a bigger screen and better battery life than its predecessor, and will cost a mere $199.
Earlier rumors of a hardware revision featuring dual analog sticks seem to have been misinformed, much to the dismay of many consumers. It will be interesting to see how much enthusiasm future Nintendo portables garner at launch, since the company seems on track to continue their habit of constant hardware revisions, despite claiming the contrary.