Is This a Clue for New Nintendo Hardware?

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Before the Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo is holding a press conference. Previously, it was revealed that 3DS-related event was called the "Nintendo Conference". That's not the whole story.

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The event is actually called "Nintendo 3DS Shinseihin Happyoukai" (ニンテンドー3DS 新製品発表会). "Shinseihin" (新製品) means "new product" or even "new product line", while "happyoukai" (発表会) is a more innocuous "presentation".

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This means that Nintendo is revealing something. It is definitely a new product, but is that new product a game, a hardware revision, or some sort of add-on?

Japanese forum 2ch is buzzing, but leaning more towards either a hardware revision (maybe a 3DS XL or a 3DS Lite?) or the rumored second thumbstick. Or maybe it's a 3D-free 3DS?

If the new product is just another line of games with Nintendo characters, that will be a letdown. Squaring off with a new iPhone and the PS Vita, Nintendo needs to surprise us. Big time.

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任天堂、「ニンテンドー3DS 新製品発表会」 [ITmedia ニュース via オレ的]

(Top photo: Ronny Hartmann | AP)


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ashleyjack
Ashley Jack

I can not believe that Kotaku is saying new game news would be a let down.

We do not want new hardware...what would be the point of a 3D-FREE 3DS, when your current 3DS can be 3D free.

New games please...not new hardware....there is no need for new hardware...