Nintendo is allegedly preparing a new model of the 3DS according to a source called Nikkei. Nikkei is a Japan-based newspaper that has previously leaked accurate information about unannounced Nintendo products in the past.
According to Nikkei, the new model of the 3DS, nicknamed the 3DS XL is expected to be 1.5 times bigger than the current 3DS, which measures 3.53 inches. The new 3DS’s screen will reportedly measure 4.3 inches. According to the rumor, the second stick will also be included in the device instead of the Circle Pad, and will be considered as a standard. There is some speculation about a possible Wii U GamePad compatibility. This rumored redesign of the 3DS could be available in Japan, Europe, and North America this summer.
If the conjecture about the larger 3DS model is true, it will not be the first time that Nintendo does it. The company had previously enlarged its handheld gaming consoles, such as the DSi which became the Nintendo DSi XL. In addition, it is not the first time that the DS had been re-imagined into a different model. The original DS was launched in 2004. In 2006, it became the DS Lite, then DSi in 2008. The Nintendo DS is the number one top selling handheld game console in the world as of March 2012.
This development also joins the company’s recent announcements about its new offerings, including the social and content network named Miiverse, an online hub called Mii Wara Wara, and the gaming controller dubbed as the Wii U GamePad, which is packed with social media features.
Nintendo, however, in an official statement has already denied the existence of a larger DS in the works. It claims that the Nikkei report surrounding the console are just speculations and not based on fact. At any rate, Nintendo has many new product and service offerings already consuming its attention.