Woo, new handheld, Nintendo's E3 is going to be epic this year! http://www.joystiq.com/2010/03/23/3ds-said-to-feature-3d-control-stick-sharp-lcd-screens-will-be/
According to Japanese media, it'll use Sharp 3D LCD screens that are four inches wide, and it'll have a 3D control stick(I can't wait to see Nintendo's solution to analog on the go) and it might be out before the end of the year. Oh, and rumble. It'll probably have a gyroscope/accelerometer in it too if I know Nintendo.
Hopefully the other rumors about a very slim gap between the screens and Gamecube+ quality visuals are true.
Am I slightly disappointed having made the upgrade to DSi not even a year ago and still barely taking full advantage of it?
I knew that the whole DSi thing was just a ploy to sell a few million more DS units. I can't wait to see how well the DSi XL sells with all this news...
I think it's a pretty neat idea, but announcing its existence this early could be detrimental. Now Sony has 3 months to get their ducks in a row for E3, whether that means lining up equally compelling announcements, or beginning to incorporate similar technology in their next handheld.
I think this is completely brilliant from a business point of view, actually. After the DSi, I said "Ball's in Sony's court". They could announce PSP2 and totally slam Nintendo in the face, but what did they do? Release the PSP Go, which has completely and utterly failed. Nintendo then announced and released the DSi XL to add insult to injury. The only thing is I think the DSi XL might be hurt a bit this announcement, but I think the XL is more for late-DS adopters, and people that probably wouldn't get the 3DS at launch.
Remember when Sony had a huge deal about the PSP? Nintendo was on the defensive and quietly put out a short press statement about its next handheld system having two screens. (They did a similar thing with the Wii saying it would only be about the side of three DVD cases stacked together.) There was no mention of a touch interface until E3 among other things. It helped generate hype and helped people get over the shock of a two screened handheld, just as I think this will help people get over the shock of a 3D handheld. No matter what Sony does at this stage, it'll be viewed as reactionary,
I somehow doubt this gives any advantage to Sony's "new handheld" that they wouldn't have had otherwise. It's not like Sony's been waiting for Nintendo to announce its plans for a new handheld before getting its R&D team into gear. "Oh quick guys, make a 3D PSP!" I mean, how do you think that'll be viewed? I think the future of the PSP will probably be some kind of weird phone hybrid, I believe they'd really have more luck trying to expand into that market with the PlayStation name than trying to fight another battle against Nintendo.
On a side note, I can't even fathom how hard it would be to program fro something like this.
I'm pretty sure Nintendo wouldn't release a device that's difficult for developers to program. To come up with good ideas for, that's another story.