It appears 01Net has put up an official English translation. Thanks to those who sent this in.
This is far better than babelfish. I’ll only put a few comments. Everyone should click on the link above to read the actual story in English (unless you are a native French speaker).
Nintendo missing the second analog pad on the 3DS sounds right. Throughout its lifetime, the PSP was filled with complaints that it only had one stick. In the article, it says Nintendo is asking third parties to make 3DS software that uses two sticks which would mean some attachment is coming.
The article also says that other sources, who cannot be verified as accurate, are saying a new 3DS model is coming in 2012. The writer says that the major price cut of the 3DS was a way to deplete the 3DS stock to make way for the new model.
We all know a new model of the handheld will come out. Nintendo loves putting out new models. So this does sound possible.
The article says that a rebranding will be done and the 3d will be ‘toned down’. What does this mean by ‘toned down’? The 3d output is extremely expensive and drains the battery life. Either they mean a weaker 3d output or a removal of it. I would hope it would be removal because this would make the hardware so much cheaper.
The article also says that Nintendo is well aware that it has failed to convince the public that 3d output was harmless. I have observed parents, in real life, not considering the 3DS because of the 3d output.
What I find convincing about this article is how much in the dark Nintendo still is. Nintendo has a sick, sick obsession with 3d. In the 3DS Asks, you can see Miyamoto taking credit for the Virtual Boy and saying that it failed to sell because ‘of marketing’. So I have no doubt that Nintendo would blame the marketing and the public perception for people not embracing 3d. Inside Nintendo, 3d is highly valued. But in the real world, 3d has no value. They don’t seem to get this. And the article paints Nintendo as them still rejecting the conclusion that the market doesn’t want 3d. If the Virtual Boy and N64 didn’t convince Nintendo that the public isn’t hot on 3d, why would the 3DS?