Nintendo thinking about next-gen PS Vita beater

By Alan Ng - Jun 13, 2012

If you have recently bought a Nintendo 3DS, you may be disappointed to hear that Nintendo are already planning to release another handheld. Some of you may have been expecting a new iteration of the 3DS to release next, but Nintendo has said that they are currently in the planning stage with regards to a next-generation handheld instead.

This obviously implies that they are looking go straight after Sony and their PS Vita system, which easily has the better hardware specs and capabilities out of the box. When speaking to IGN recently, mario creator and Nintendo’s EAD manager Shigeru Miyamoto has suggested that the Nintendo 3DS is sufficient for this ‘current generation’, distancing the company away from rumors regarding a potential 3DS ‘XL’ model.

Here’s an additional quote from the great man which should be of huge interest to Nintendo fans: “What we’re thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld.”

Could it be that we will see a brand new next-gen handheld from Nintendo with specs on par with that of the Vita? At the moment, Nintendo may be fearing that interest in the 3DS has considerably died down, with the PS Vita just about to launch a new barrage of games, so the only offensive to them could be a new system altogether.

What ever happens though, the 3DS clearly has a lot of life still left in the tank. Miyamoto may be teasing, but an actual 3DS successor may be years away yet. If you have recently picked up a 3DS, what are your thoughts on the surprising development? Do you think it is a good idea to launch a brand new upgraded handheld, or should they try and fend off the Vita with AAA software instead?

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