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Expect '3DS Lite' this year - report

Japanese mag Nikkei Trendy gets current owners steamed up

Just bought a 3DS? A lot of people did over the Christmas break. How about some lovely 3DS Lite rumours, then? Yeah, thought you'd like it.

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Japanese magazine Nikkei Trendy has speculated that Nintendo will release a thinner '3DS Lite' in 2012 to help expand the console's user base.

"To increase the 3DS's install base, there's a possibility for a lighter version that addresses the handheld's weak points, the thickness and the battery life," says the magazine, according to Kotaku translations.

This it puts under the header of 'Spring', placing the release of a revised 3DS at just a few months away.

Calm down though. The key word here is 'speculate' - the magazine isn't reporting a rumour from any given source, just taking an educated guess based on the current lay of the land and previous trends.

The original DS released in Japan in December 2004 and was followed less than a year-and-a-half later by the DS Lite in March 2006. 3DS launched in Japan in February 2011, and in EU and US in March.

So, given that timeline, we'd be buying thinner 3DS units in June. But Nintendo has already previously said that it built the 3DS to be "fully packed right from the start," and thus "we don't have any short-term plans for creating a more compact version of 3DS like we did with DS Lite."

Take that as you will.

[ SOURCE: Kotaku ]

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