Remember when Nintendo touted the 3DS, confirming that it won’t get a remodel anytime soon? Well, as an informed gamer, you should know better than to listen to PR talk. This was before the 3DS tumbled into retail. After its lukewarm reception, Nintendo’s investors haven’t been pleased. Thus, Nintendo acted quickly in order to please everyone; drop the price by a full 80$ and offer early adopters 20 free downloads. While the strategy seems to be building up well in the short term, Nintendo has been hinting for an alternative long-term plan in the midst. I called it in our Facebook page as soon as Mr. Iwata stated that upcoming 3DS games may not even feature 3D at all and the fact that the eShop will become one of the handheld’s primary features. These statements totally go against what the 3DS is all about, thus negating its name. With that in mind, various reports and rumors have been flooding the internet since yesterday about a 3DS remodel for 2012. A 2nd analogue stick is rumored to be one of the new features in mind, which will also be feature in Vanilla 3DS models in the form of an add-on. Either way, expect this upgrade to refocus concepts, slightly improve hardware, and even completely revoke the name “3DS” since Nintendo no longer wants to tout 3D as a primary feature. If Nintendo hits all the sweet spots, this remodel may directly compete against the Vita’s launch. For now though, gamers who haven’t jumped the 3DS ship have the right to be skeptical. Personally, as an early adopter, I’m not upset because I expected this all along. Additionally, I’m pleased with the Ambassador initiative that has been given to me. In terms of business, Nintendo’s definitely doing the right thing even though they’re not pleasing many gamers. Acting quick is always a good thing, even if it means you have to take drastic measures to re-convince the audience with your product.
We may see details sooner than expected as Nintendo will hold a press conference before Tokyo Game Show according to Jarrod’s Facebook/Twitter report.