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Nintendo thinking about next-gen PS Vita beater

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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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4g

nintendo needs a  4g handheld to win the 8 gen

Facelord
Facelord

Heh, didn’t think about this until now but they could totally do two handhelds at once. They tried it with the Virtual Boy and the Gameboy Color at the same time, then later they claimed that the DS was a “second pillar” system along with the Gameboy Advance. I know I’ve totally been brainwashed since I first touched a SNES controller into loving Nintendo and all… but it feels so good to think that they could follow up the 3DS within three years with something else comparable to a Vita in hardware and quality. I sooo want that. ;_; I’m getting to an age where… Read more »

NIntendoro
NIntendoro

3DS HD perhaps… SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET

Facelord
Facelord

” the only offensive to them could be a new system altogether” Sadly they’re sticking with the piece of crap 3DS for AT LEAST another three years, most likely they’ll stick with it for six or more years from now. The 3DS single-handedly made me go from Nintendo fanatic to disliking the company immensely, it seems they’re out of touch with what gamers want nowadays. The Vita, on the other hand, has all the features I’ve wanted since I played my Gameboy Color years ago: two analog sticks(that you can tilt, I never even dreamed of analog sticks as good… Read more »

Ang3lo24
Ang3lo24

AAA software instead, If you Nintendo are reading this then please  give people what they want which is a new system all together because first of all, the only reason i brought the 3ds was cause of you nintendo you and your AAA games and a C+ console if you put a AAA console with AAA (Nintendo) games then you will have an AAAAAA+ CONSOLE, And have the price $400 australian dollars and then change the price 1 month later and give people 5 free games, oh and make the console worth (after the month) $300 au dollars I sorta want a ps vita without… Read more »

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