While Nintendo possibly isn't showing the Nintendo 3DS until the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles, today in Tokyo, Nintendo provided vague hints about what is to come.
Several insiders tell Kotaku that Nintendo Chief Financial Officer Yoshihiro Mori played things close to his vest, unwilling to divulge too much about the upcoming Nintendo 3DS. However, he did mention that Nintendo had spent a great deal of money developing the upcoming handheld gaming device.
Nintendo did state that the Nintendo 3DS would have ample security. This makes sense in light of Nintendo's crackdown on piracy. While unconfirmed, it is assumed that Nintendo will be using DRM-outfitted cartridges for the upcoming handheld.
And while the product's reveal might have seen sudden and strange even, Nintendo stated that it has been developing this new portable device for a significant period of time. Nintendo is always developing new products, but the reason why this product has made its way out of R&D is because the technology that powers the device is now at a reasonable price.