When Nintendo revealed the first details on their next handheld, currently dubbed the Nintendo 3DS, it came at a pretty surprising moment, as it was just days before Nintendo launched another iteration of the DS in North America, the super-sized DSi XL. Gamers and analysts theorized the news could impact the sales of DSi XL (we even brought it up on Feedback), but Nintendo isn't so sure about that.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata addressed the issue while speaking with investors recently. Translations of Iwata's comments have made the rounds, but today an official translation went online.
"Some of you might have been confused to see Nintendo 3DS announcement in the days immediately before the launch of Nintendo DSi XL in North America," said Iwata.
News on the 3DS was released on March 23, with the DSi XL launching soon after on March 28.
"Although I cannot say that there were no impact," he said, "I do not see a large risk with it because those who are eager to buy Nintendo 3DS right after the announcement generally tend to react quickly to anything new on the market, and those who are purchasing a Nintendo DS today tend to react relatively slowly. Thus we do not think that the Nintendo 3DS announcement will significantly slow down the sales of current Nintendo DS family in the market where the majority are reacting relatively slowly."
Nintendo will take the wraps off the mysterious 3DS soon. A full reveal is expected at E3.