In a recent interview with IGN, Miyamoto was asked whether or not there would be an XL version of the 3DS, he explained that the thoughts of Nintendo might be going in a different direction.
“I really feel like I’m satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it’s the best for this generation,” Miyamoto told said. “What we’re thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld.”
So what does this mean for the future of the 3DS? I wouldn’t rule out incremental changes similar to what we saw with the DS, but don’t expect any major overhauls. In fact, Miyamoto also stated that he does not see a need for a second analog stick and that the gyroscope feature could work just as well. I guess we will need to rely on third party companies, such as Nyko’s Power Grip Pro, to give us the extra analog stick. Of course, Miyamoto could also be steering us away from talk about the 3DS so that the focus remains on the Wii U. I have to believe that someone such as Miyamoto cannot be fully satisfied with a product.
What are your thoughts, is the 3DS fine as it is, or are improvements necessary? What would you like to see in an upcoming Nintendo portable system?