The 3DS is reportedly in line for a big hardware revision, with Nintendo planning to introduce a new model featuring a second circle pad and a decreased emphasis on 3D.
French website 01net says it received the news from an unnamed source who works within Nintendo. While these are just rumours for now, it's important to note that the site previously broke a number of stories about Wii U and Vita.
According to the site's source, Nintendo is well aware it has so failed to convince consumers that 3D is harmless, and the new model handheld will "radically tone down" the 3D effect and probably sport a different name.
Nintendo bosses have also apparently admitted internally that it was a mistake to release the system without a right circle pad, and the new model will feature twin analogue inputs. For the existing 3DS model, Nintendo engineers are said to be "spending many sleepless nights working on an additional device" that would attach to the console and be sold separately for about $10.
Nintendo is said to be asking a select group of developers to create titles specifically designed with two analogue sticks in mind, which is said to be causing a bit of a ripple. Worse still, 3DS dev kits are reportedly "extremely scarce", with just 300 units being produced each month, leaving many waiting to start making games for the system.