New 3DS May Have More RAM, Possibly Double

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The New 3DS has already been confirmed to have distinct hardware and software advantages compared to the original 3DS and 3DS XL. It has the new C-stick, colored buttons, and a better CPU, which will allow for bigger and better games. If Nintendo upgraded the CPU, then why not the RAM as well? A new rumor has surfaced that claims that Nintendo has upgraded the virtual and physical RAM of the New 3DS.

Nintendo might have confirmed this rumor within the code of the new 3DS update. People snooped around the new update, and found that both the RAM and VRAM have been doubled on the new 3DS, meaning the hardware will allow more expansive environments in the New 3DS exclusive games.

In fact, that might have been necessary to allow for Xenoblade Chronicles, which has expansive environments, to be exclusive to the system. The increased RAM might—and this is a very far-fetched idea—allow for N64 emulation or even Gamecube emulation on the 3DS. This rumor definitely seems possible, but then again it could just be Reggie trolling.

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  1. Phelan
    August 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    The question is
    What about price

    You know that’s the most important thing. Still Nintendo is doing much better than SONY in my humble opinion. Look they are releasing new 3ds model and every single gaming site is writing grand articles about that…

    And Vita?
    New Vita Slim? meh… nobody seems to care (and it’s fault of SCE and SCE alone)
    In Europe we still don’t have any price tag for it…. hell I don’t even know when it will be released.

    Vita TV (not PS TV)
    Again nobody seems to care. And morons in SCEE decided that it will cost 100 EUR… in NA only 100$. What’s even more funny in the place where I live it cost more than Vita. What’s the point of buying one? It was supposed to be cheap vita right? Just like slim!

    So yeah… next generation I’m going to pick nintendo.

  2. B.E.
    August 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Personally..this whole marketing thing (and honestly most of the presses reaction) I find ridiculous. They want to release a new system..without being criticized and taken to task for doing so so soon in the current handhelds life cycle.

    Its a blatant grab for cash, to milk an audience that they clearly have, the vast number of 3ds owners..while underhandedly making it seem like something its not.

    Imagine the difference between “Nintendo releases a new handheld!” and “Nintendo releases a new version of the 3DS!’ The first would get ‘so soon, wtf I don’t wanna have to buy a whole new system’ from many, the second a “oh an upgrade, maybe I like my 3ds, maybe its time to upgrade it.”

    See? The point here is, new buttons, better software..means games that work on it which don’t on old 3ds. Its a new handheld…they just choose to mask this by calling it an ‘upgrade’ instead.

    It makes me sad honestly. I like my 3ds..I wish it had a longer life cycle then it did. As it stands, I’m going to have to hear about “The 3ds’s life cycle isn’t over, the newer one was just an upgrade, its still called 3ds! Again..exactly as the marketing seems designed to do. All the hopefully cash and benefit of releasing a new handheld system..without any of the backlash for doing it so soon.

  3. RPGEndBoss
    August 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Wouldn’t this lead to a lot of confusion for 3DS owners? They’d have to mark bigger games that require the newer models higher RAM count with special “NOT PLAYABLE ON SOME CONSOLES” warnings, wouldn’t they?

    Seems like a bad, bad idea to me.

  4. Hydroninja9
    August 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    maybe have it like the DSi , and have it on the box.

  5. Hydroninja9
    August 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    they did this before with the DSi and GBC with the GBC being more like what is happening here.

  6. Hydroninja9
    August 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Yes… Join the dark side!

  7. B.E.
    August 30, 2014 at 1:05 am

    From what I am aware, the GBC was never marketed as a ‘gameboy upgrade, but a brand new system. Which played a whole differnt set of games.

    The DSi on the other hand as far as I am aware..did not get a new set of exclusive to it games.

    This is different in both counts. They market it as if it were a DSi..but it is in reality a GBC. That is the issue I have.

  8. Phelan
    August 30, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Yeah, that’s a problem.

    Most probably large part of game from now on will be for New 3DS or that xl. So the question is… what are supposed to do owners of previous version? My brother just said… “I will skip this model, I will buy the next one cause Nintendo is always having backward compability”… and that may be what will Nintendo owners do.

  9. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    August 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I feel bad for parents who buy these games for their kids and then get home only to realize they bought an incompatible title.

    I worked in a software store for 2 years and saw it happen constantly. Even in obvious circumstances where it wasn’t even the same format. It doesn’t take much to confuse the consumer.

  10. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    August 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Nintendo is definitely the dark side. Like Apple, they have a certain hubris that goes beyond what any other company would dare try to get away with. It’s the blindness of their fans that allows them to do this, though.

    This whole RAM/3DS thing is just another hole in their belt loop of audacity, though. They love getting people to rebuy the same hardware with incremental upgrades. It’s something they learned from Apple.

    And, oddly enough, people keep on falling for it. It’s why I detest them as a company.

  11. nonscpo
    August 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    If they think Xenoblade is enough to get me to upgrade they are wrong. Id love that second analog for Monster Hunter, however that also isn’t enough for me to upgrade (the touchscreen D pad isn’t as bad as people make it out to be).

  12. artemisthemp
    August 31, 2014 at 5:21 am

    The new 3DS could land Nintendo in problem’s since, I would be pretty angry if, I had pick up Bravely Default 3 and it not working on my 3DS even though the box say 3DS

  13. nikoniko
    September 13, 2014 at 5:41 am

    the competition upgrades literally every year and many consumers literally upgrade with them every year. im talking about phones, yes.

    its silly to me that people think this 3 year old mobile handheld shouldnt get a facelift, when its tech is extremely far behind both vita and its other competition. ridiculous. and phones cost way more, either over time or instantly without a plan…

    granted if they come out with the next handheld for $200 in a year then sure, get angry but right now the system is 3 years old

  14. Fenrir007
    November 7, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Upgrade or not, developer adoption rate of it will be incredibly low since no one in their right mind would make a game that excludes a huge portion of the install base.

  15. Ryan Barrett
    Ryan Barrett
    November 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Totally agree. Instead of saying “hey this is kinda like the 3DS but BETTER” they could have just waited maybe another year and released it as an entirely new handheld console. I do liken this to the DS/DSi… because who the fuck bought a DSi? >_>