LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! I present to you… the New Nintendo 3D-1S. The Nintendo 1DS. The Nintendo 1S… The Nintendo GameBoy 3D?
New Nintendo patent. https://t.co/r9xr4S3Ajh
Nintendo means life. pic.twitter.com/V64t21KbqZ
— ZhugeEX (@ZhugeEX) July 6, 2016
ZhugeEX, a games industry analyst, found a patent filing from Nintendo showing what could be a new handheld device, or “handheld operating apparatus.”
Before I say more, it’s worth nothing: The opening line was a joke, and this is just a patent and doesn’t mean any device is coming that will resemble this. But it also means that something could come from it. Patents are simply early stage traces of development.
The handheld device strongly resembles a 3DS, minus the top screen. So… just the 3S? Or just NS? For those that are unaware, the “DS” in “Nintendo DS” (and future iterations) originally stood for “Dual Screen” as an advancement over the original, single-screen GameBoy products. Hopefully, my jokes make a bit more sense now.
The interesting part isn’t in the device image itself since it’s nothing new from Nintendo’s traditional handheld design. However, the text explanations and other images describe a touch interface and a combination of speakers and vibration motors to create a “3D sound” experience.
Personally, I think this would be pretty neat – but I can’t say I’d buy one anytime soon. I haven’t even upgraded to the “New” Nintendo 3DS yet!
Confusingly, the primary design models aren’t the 3DS-resembling unit, but rather a device that relies on the touchscreen – with sample images showing on-screen buttons and game overlays. This more accurately falls in line with the recent talks from Nintendo heads saying that they believe mobile gaming is the future, nd they need to find a way to turn it into a product. We will just have to see!
There’s only a small percent chance right now that this would be the NX. Let’s not jump to any conclusions. But with Kimishima saying the NX won’t be a “replacement” for the Wii U and lots of rumors and speculation saying NX could use cartridges instead of discs and so on, who knows.
If things are still this up in the air, no wonder we didn’t see NX at E3 2016!
Someone sent this image of the Portable N64 hack in response to ZhugeEX due to the similarity to the look of the device in this patent. I just had to throw it on.
— James Charlton (@famicomplicated) July 6, 2016