3DS Lite: What We Expect
Although Nintendo's system smashed sales records, it's only a matter of time before the company tweaks the design.
It may not happen any time soon (or even this year, for that matter), but Nintendo will eventually redesign its 3DS to better adapt to the ever changing portable market. In fact, we've already seen evidence of this with the upcoming Circle Pad Pro, a device that adds a second circle pad to the machine.
With this in mind, here's what we'd most like to see from a revamped system.
Another circle pad
A bit redundant, but it begs repeating. You won't need Circle Pad Pro with the new 3DS, because it'll come with another circle pad built into the device. Nintendo will stick that sucker where the face buttons are now, and put those directly beneath it.
As much as we love 3DS, the big N didn't go all out with its cameras. The grainy images looked weird on DSi, and now they're atrocious and unacceptable here. Come on, Nintendo. Most smart phones take better photos.
Bigger top screen
Open a 3DS, and you'll notice there's room (however slight) to enlarge that top screen by moving the speakers over just a hair.
If Nintendo doesn't go that route, we're all for making the handheld bigger if it means increasing screen size. PlayStation Vita packs a five-inch OLED. Size doesn't necessarily matter, but...OK, size definitely matters.
3DS looks nice and shiny while resting in its charge cradle. Flip open that sucker, and you'll behold ugly smudges, fingerprints and dust.
Time to switch to a matte surface, which you see in the DSi. Smooth plastic that doesn't show the dirt and grime, compared to its glossier counterpart.
On a less important note, we prefer the stylus on the right, ala the DS, and opposed to its current location behind the top 3DS screen. Please, Nintendo. Move it back.