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Heroes of Handheld 60: Is this the end of the 3DS? & Sonys Theme and Stream Machine

Episode 60 of the podcast dedicated to everything handheld gaming. This week Colin and Chris discuss how the new Nintendo handheld model could mean the end of the 3DS - as well as analysing the recent updates announced the the PS Vita.

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Xof755d ago

Maybe. The Vita seems like it will keep doing as-good as before, maybe a bit better. I can't say I'm as confident in the 3DS. It really depends on how badly Nintendo wants to fracture the market between 3DS and N3DS games.

If the N3DS plays out (as I expect it to) like the N64's Expansion Pack, with only 2-3 games really needing it, I don't see it having much of an impact. But if they stop 3DS development (right at the point when the 3DS is finally in a very strong position) I could see some serious trouble for Nintendo.

Xof754d ago

Nintendo didn't suddenly stop making NDS games and start making DSi games, so that's a poor analogy.

There's really only one appropriate analogy, and that's the Gameboy/Gameboy Color--and even then, that's probably too dated to be relevant to today's conditions.

NGB (1989)
GBC (1998) - 9 years later (NGB gen. 12 years)
GBA (2001) - 3 years later (GBA gen. 3 years)
NDS (2004)
NDSi (2008) - 4 years later (NDS gen. 6 years)
3DS (2011)
N3DS (2014) - 3 years later (3DS gen. 3 years?)

If Nintendo halts 3DS development it will be their shortest handheld hardware generation since the GBA, a platform mostly known for SNES-ports.