Rumor: 3DS Getting New Model, Second Analog Stick

So this is funny. We’ve got two rumors coming out of French site 01Net about the 3DS, and they’ve both made me laugh and sorta feel totally embarrassed for Nintendo if true. Here are the rumors

1. That Nintendo techs are hard at work trying to build a $10 attachment that adds another analog stick tohe current model 3DS. Apparently they were just so mortified that they didn’t add one the first time around in their rush to beat the Vita to market. 01Net sources say they’re telling developers to start making 3DS games that utilize two sticks.

2. That the 3DS will get a brand-new SKU next year that doesn’t really make a big deal about the whole 3D thing that heretofore has been the device’s selling point. It might even have a new name!

God, this is so sad, if true. In fact, I’m not even waiting to find out if these things are true to be sad for Nintendo. Being sad: commenced.

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3 Comments on Rumor: 3DS Getting New Model, Second Analog Stick


On August 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Nintendo’s business plan from the start. Just look at their history with the Nintendo DS and how many iterations they released. They’re as bad as Capcom with their streetfighter game. But because of bad sales, Nintendo had to hurry up with the new and improved version.

Out of topic but I think the next killer console feature would be multi monitor support. Like the PC 3 monitors. I don’t care about some super duper advanced technology that so complicated that developers need 2-3 years to understand it. Yeah it must be that developers are stupid and not because the hardware was poorly designed. Anyways, just imagine the new gameplay possibilities with multiple screens of every genre.

Justin Ramey

On August 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I just emailed Nintendo about the rumors and Gabby Allen of Nintendo Of America said “Nintendo has nothing to confirm or announce about any new redesign of the 3DS and the only new 3DS being released and in the works is the Flare Red model”


On December 18, 2011 at 5:32 am

I just want a new model now with 2 analog sticks, come on nintendo shape up! I don’t care for the 3D, only the games with updated graphics, I just want some rpgs on it again. I am buying one just for tales of the abyss and kingdom hearts dream drop distance! buying a piece of hardware for 2 games only, at least right now! I will gladly pay £100 for it even if I am not using it for it’s intended “3D features” but come on just tell me if this new model is coming or not. More money going their way if they just tell me lol. I look forward to reading an updated article about it soon, thanks OP