On March 23rd, Nintendo (presumably embarrassed about their poor showing at GDC 2010) announced that they’re planning yet another version of the DS. This makes at least four different kinds of DSes, and it begs the question: how many times can Nintendo re-package the same system and still have it sell?
First, there was the DS. Then, they made the DS Lite, which is the DS, only smaller. After that, they made the DS XL, which is the DS, only larger. What’s next?
“It’s the DS Lite XL,” said Nintendo’s Vice President of Marketing, Mr. Doodlebug. “It’s just like the DS Lite, only larger! Or you could say, it’s just like the DS XL, only smaller!”
“Is it the exact same thing as the DS?” I asked.
Just kidding, everyone! The new DS is called the 3DS, and it lets you play games…in 3D!!! Just like Alice in Wonderland 3D, or Avatar 3D or When is This Stupid Fad Going to End? 3D. Sure, 70% of all the videogames made after Super Mario 64 have been in 3D, but this doesn’t mean they won’t promote 3D gaming like it’s the most original concept in the history of the world! After all, it’s THREE D! D! D! D!
“Does ‘D’ stand for ‘dumb’?” I asked Mr. Doodlebug.
“In this case, yes,” he responded.
No more details about the system were released, other than the fact that you will not need to wear ridiculous-looking glasses (phew!). Also, the name is subject to change at any time, because “3DS” sounds a little bit too much like “3DO,” by jingo. Expect to hear much more about this system at E3D, later this year.