We've already declared our undying love for Iwata Asks – a regular section that has Nintendo Mega Boss Satoru Iwata asking probing questions of all his designers and staff. This time the focus is on the 3DS and, more specifically, its unique design. Apparently it's symbolic – they "wanted to represent through the design how all kinds of content would come in, not just when you went out walking around with it, but also when you just had it sitting at home." Also – it makes it easier to open.
It all seems a little self-indulgent, since the 3DS design is very, very similar to the Nintendo DS, but it still gives a fascinating insight into the massive process behind designing and creating a console like the 3DS – and the effort Nintendo put into every aspect of production.
Still, I'm not the biggest fan of the design – and can't help but wonder if a slicker, more seamless 3DS is already in the works. But – will I still be queuing up with everyone else day one to spend up to $400 on this bad boy?
Iwata Asks: Nintendo 3DS [Nintendo]