Japanese business publication Nikkei is reporting that Nintendo will unveil a redesigned 3DS during their E3 press conference on Tuesday. The translated report states that the new 3DS model will have a larger screen measured at 4.3 inches. The new screen size of the rumored redesign would make it 1.5 times than the current 3DS. In addition, the Nikkei also reports that the new model could launch as early as this summer in North America, Europe, and Japan.
Also, the issue of the Wii U price is apparently revealed by the Nikkei report. 30,000 yen is the rumored price, which roughly translates to just under $390.
As much as non-3DS owners like myself have been clamoring for a redesign of the handheld, the idea of a bigger screen will grab the attention of some, but will a second circle pad or even better battery life (a deal breaker for me when the 3DS first launched) be included?
We’ll find out soon enough tomorrow at Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference, which begins at 9:00 PST on Tuesday.
[Update] – Nintendo has responded to the Nikkei’s report by stating that it was based on speculation. The company also reiterated that people will get the information they need from their pre and post-E3 conferences.