Nintendo usually likes to squeeze every drop possible from a handheld device. The original 1989 Game Boy saw many new iterations – Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light, Game Boy Color – and didn’t receive a major overhaul until the Game Boy Advance in 2001.
More than a decade later, Nintendo’s practices haven’t change much. Since 2004, we’ve seen the DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS and Nintendo taking my money every step of the way.
But after the much-rumored 3DS XL didn’t make an appearance at this year’s E3, IGN spoke with Shigeru Miyamoto, a game designer and producer for many of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, about the future of the Nintendo handheld device.
“I really feel like I’m satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it’s the best for this generation,” Miyamoto told IGN. He went on to state that the next handheld system would be for a “future generation of handheld.” It’s unclear if this new handheld is in development yet, but it appears that the DS line will end with the 3DS.