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Is New 3DS a Sign of Wii U's Future?

Hardcore Gamer: Could the 3DS overhaul signal the future for Wii U?

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ValKilmer699d ago

Wii U with third analog stick incoming.

shaw98699d ago

I don't know how to respond to this. Lol.

RAFFwaff699d ago

that 'nubbin' though....Please understand.

R00bot699d ago

It'll actually be a nub, not a stick.

NukaCola699d ago

LoL. This C-thing-a-ma-bob looks like that nub they put in the center of a keyboard to act as a mouse. Looks completely inconvenient. Why not just ad a real second thumbslider.

Godmars290699d ago

Putting out "upgraded" versions of "current" consoles with games that are incompatible between the two versions?

How is the wrongness not apparent?

Abash699d ago

Its the lesser of two evils in all honestly. If they can sell an upgraded Wii U with a price drop, I'd take that than having to buy a $400+ new Nintendo console because they abandoned the Wii U after a couple of years

Transporter47699d ago (Edited 699d ago )

Nintendo tends to support their products sometimes it takes time but that is okay. I just bought a wiiU and i must say i really like it. Now i have a PS4+WiiU although i bought a 3dsXL which im just going to sell since i don't even play it at all.

Dunban67699d ago

What if the upgraded wiiu had games for it that the existing one did not? Would you still be ok w it?

I think Nintendo is probably trying to extend the natural life cycle of the 3ds and perhaps juice it up a bit so going forward they can more easily make games that can work for both the Wii u and new 3ds

k-dillinger699d ago

But its sellingg better then xbone how did they abandoned it???

Concertoine699d ago (Edited 699d ago )

The 3ds is popular enough that they can probably afford to do this and still turn a profit. The DSi for example did well because it offered enough incentive to get, although it never had retail exclusives, just digital downloads.

But the Wii U will probably never be popular enough for them to release a minutely upgraded version. That'd be the equivalent of the innumerable failed attatchments like the 32X or 64DD, except now for a less successful system. Theyd be better off riding the Wii U out until its clear that Sony and (maybe) MS are preparing successors, then release it a year earlier than them. Except actually PREPARE for their damn launch this time, have games in the pipeline years in advance. At least now they are over the HD hurdle.

Edit: I didn't consider this until now, but if they somehow made a RAM expansion like the N64 and bundled with popular software, that would have the potential to be successful... maybe...?

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Sly-Lupin699d ago

You got me. Game companies have been getting increasingly anti-consumer, and some gamers (who I hope don't represent the majority) have been very vocal in their praise for each new anti-consumer move.

It took a long time for the 3DS to build itself up as a respectable platform. And almost as soon as it gets there, Nintendo wants to retire it.

This does not bode well for the New 3DS. Or the WiiU. Or any other Nintendo platform.

Realplaya699d ago

How are they retiring it?

shaw98699d ago

It is nothing new. Dsi did it. If it does not have a ton of exclusives like the dsi then it should be no problem.

3-4-5699d ago

Wait...does everyone actually think that ALL new 3DS games will only be playable on the new 3DS ?

It's only like less than 1% of games.

Godmars290699d ago

So somehow less than 1% of coming titles justifies requiring the whole of your established user base to have to worry about needing to upgrade?

This is almost, if not exact, like the time with the second analog stick where they made an add-on then almost immediately introduced a new, larger, 3DS model. But instead of holding back the new model, integrating the second stick in the design, they just dumped it on the market with another accommodating add-on.

3-4-5698d ago

Why do you say REQUIRE ?

Your literally making that up to fit YOUR REALITY.

Wake up.

You can play all 1,000 DS games and all current 3DS games on the 3DS.

* You can also play pretty much ALL of the future games on Normal 3DS's as well.

There will probably be less than 10 games overall that require the new 3DS, and most of those won't happen right away.

Are you complaining just to complain, or is this something you do daily ?

Godmars290698d ago

You will be "required" to own the new version of the 3DS to play one specific new game. With possible other new titles to follow.

Not seeing how such is my own "made up" reality?

paul-p1988698d ago

Let's say that, hypothetically, a new Pokémon game is released and needs the new features that the 'new' 3DS brings. That's an incredibly large portion of the fanbase who would not be able to play it and would then need to upgrade their 3DS to play it.

I'm sure Ninty wouldn't be stupid enough to make Pokémon only New 3DS compatible, but if the uptake isn't that great then my example above could be a reality with one hell of a fan backlash!

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wonderfulmonkeyman699d ago

The N3DS's problem is that it IS a new console, it just doesn't have a name that DISTINGUISHES it as such.
Hence, people are getting their undies bunched up over the thought of a new system that has games their old system can't handle.

Concertoine699d ago (Edited 699d ago )

So you're saying this is Nintendo's new generation handheld? ...Nah.

This thing will have a few retail exclusives and maybe perks on universal 3DS games before it is forgotten in the wake of a new Nintendo handheld. It'll sell a few million units. Something tells me it'll be the proud new owner of the most expensive version of Xenoblade in 5 years, and that's saying something.

This thing gets dumber and dumbed the more i ponder it tbh. Instead of tweaking Xenoblade to work on 3ds or even the 3ds' successor, they slap it on here. "The game needs exposure, lets make people buy a console to play it!!"

wonderfulmonkeyman699d ago (Edited 699d ago )

"This thing gets dumber and dumbed the more i ponder it tbh. Instead of tweaking Xenoblade to work on 3ds or even the 3ds' successor, they slap it on here. "The game needs exposure, lets make people buy a console to play it!!"

Tweaking it would not have worked; the old model 3DS's are literally NOT POWERFUL ENOUGH for Wii games as big as Xenoblade Chronicles.

It IS the new gen handheld.
If Nintendo had been smarter about its name, we wouldn't even be debating this point.

Concertoine699d ago (Edited 699d ago )

Then they should've put it on the Wii U, or hell even the Wii U eshop. Or better yet, their real next handheld. Which by the way, theres no way they just gave the same name to their next gen handheld. This is equavilent to the DSi. I think they wanted to make it clear this wasnt the case and that they werent leaving the 3DS, and that's why this name was chosen.

IonDestroy699d ago (Edited 699d ago )

^ @Concertoine The DSi had a few retail exclusives IIRC, they came in these white cartridges and made is very explicit on the packaging that they can only be played on DSi.

As for my thoughts on this, it's good to see Nintendo unifying things, hopefully this means cross-compatibility with WiiU for certain titles, given how Nintendo wanted the NNID to be your ticket to entertainment across multiple platforms. As for the exclusivity of titles like the Xenoblade port, I'm sure that Nintendo wouldn't abandon previous 3DS owners, they will probably continue to develop for the standard model (with or without circle pad pro) until the time is right. For now I believe that there won't be too many exclusive titles, and the ones that do come out will be titles that absolutely must take advantage of the new features.

nunley33699d ago

They're following the apple model but they've done this for years with their gameboys, we'll see how it sells. Even with this confusion it'll still greatly outsell the Vita sadly.

CouldHaveYelledUiiW699d ago

Not sure what you are saying but

The Nintendo DS was before I-Phone and definitely before I-Pan.

The DS was inspired by PDAs and the Original Nintendo System "Game and Watch" which is as old as Pac-Man (1980).

Image of G&W Donkey Kong http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

nunley33699d ago (Edited 699d ago )

true @could but that's something entirely off topic. I wasn't talking about it's design, i bought an original DS then DS light and still like it. The apple model is to refresh your hardware every year or two, 3DS is only two years old. This will be good though since it'll play your 3DS games but also "new3DS" games too.

Big_Game_Hunters699d ago (Edited 699d ago )

Wii ports, games that already exist and wouldn't be on the original console no matter what.

Think about that for a second.
Xenoblade 3ds wouldn't work on the original 3ds, it would be impossible.

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Zodiac699d ago

Not at all. The Wii U is still much too risky to do any tampering with.

Metallox699d ago

They would destroy both the original Wii U and the hypothetical new version in the instant of its announcement. That because I doubt the new 3DS for example is going to be successful.

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