Is the 3DS Lite Coming Out Next Spring? Wonders a Japanese Magazine

Japanese magazine Nikkei Trendy put forth a question that's nagging us all: is Nintendo releasing a 3DS Lite?

In a recent issue of the publication that looks at 2012, Trendy wrote, "To increase the 3DS's install base, there's a possibility for a lighter version that addresses the handheld's weak points, the thickness and the battery life."

The article is accompanied by a header that reads "spring", implying that Trendy expects the unannounced 3DS Lite to be out then.

A spring 3DS Lite isn't the only thing that makes sense—a 3DS Lite does. With Nintendo's release of a second circle pad (which Trendy did not mention), a hardware revision is imminent.

Last summer, Nintendo said that customers should not wait for a new 3DS iteration. The Kyoto-based game maker has not confirmed a 3DS Lite.

The DS Lite, a lighter and brighter version of the original Nintendo DS, was released in Mar. 2006 in Japan. The original DS, however, was released in Dec. 2004 in Japan, which means if the 3DS Lite speculation were correct, the 3DS Lite would be out quicker than its DS Lite counterpart.

That's what this is, speculation. Nikkei Trendy often places educated guesses on when new products will be released and on how much they'll cost. "Isn't this just another delusional article from Nikkei Trendy?" a Japanese commenter wrote online.

Maybe, but something about a 3DS Lite this spring seems less impossible and more plausible.

「3DS Lite」今年の春に登場か!? [オレ的ゲーム速報]