The New Face of The Nintendo 3DS
The final design of the 3DS has been revealed, and only one major detail has been changed.
When Nintendo promised only minor revisions to the 3DS’ hardware from E3, they certainly weren’t joking. So, what’s actually changed about the look of the machine? At first glance, you’d be tempted to give a resounding “nothing.”
The very eagle-eyed amongst you, however, might have noticed that there is one little difference. The 3DS’ analog controller has had a bit of a facelift, changing from the colour of the unit to a grey colour. Why? Perhaps it’s intended to make the pad stand out more, or maybe the grey material is designed to enhance the grip. You might also have noticed that the nub does appear to be slightly smaller. This might be to allow it to be pushed further in any direction, improving the sensitivity.
Here’s another, closer look at what’s going on, complete with some Japanese annotations of the major features courtesy of Nintendo.
There’s also a good image here of the 3DS’ stylus. This silvery little gadget is extendable to four inches, and looks pretty slick; no half measures have been deployed here.
So, no substantial change on the design front. But this isn’t a bad thing; after all, why improve on something that was already a hit? The 3DS’ design went down well with the press and the gaming public after E3, so it’s not a big surprise to see very little change between them and now. Nintendo clearly understand the old maxim; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.