Are the New 3DS and Nintendo Fusion Related?


With the recent news on the NEW 3DS, I began to wonder. Nintendo is likely working on their new console for the 9th generation. It’s no secret. All companies start planning their next hardware 1-2 years after launching a predecessor. Rumors of the ”Nintendo Fusion” discuss merging Nintendo’s handheld and home console departments to create one super platform. But one thing we don’t know for sure, is the details, plans, and specifications of the next-generation merger. Before I go any further, let me make a disclaimer: these are my thoughts and they aren’t based on prior knowledge – I don’t have a “source”.

That being said, the rumored specifications don’t sound too far-fetched from things Nintendo have said from their own mouths and things I see in the potential of the NEW 3DS.

This is what an insider had to say according to our friends at GaminRealm:

“Before I go into the detail on the Software and OS features I overheard, I will like to do a upgraded recap on the specs of both machines. The codename is now “FUSION” and many the R&D want to keep that name for the main console release. The Handheld unit is called the “FUSION DS” while the home unit is called “FUSION TERMINAL.”

>CPU: ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 GPU: Custom Adreno 420-based AMD GPU
>COM MEMORY: 3 GB LPDDR3 (2 GB Games, 1 GB OS)
>2 130 mm DVGA (960 x 640) Capacitive Touchscreen
>Slide Out Design with Custom Swivel Tilt Hinge
>Upper Screen made of Gorilla Glass, Comes with Magnetic Cover
>Low End Vibration for Gameplay and App Alerts
>2 Motorized Circle Pads for Haptic Feedback
>Thumbprint Security Scanner with Pulse Sensing Feedback
>2 1mp Stereoptic Cameras
>Multi-Array Microphone
>A, B, X, Y, D-Pad, L, R, 1, 2 Buttons
>3 Axis Tuning Fork Gyroscope, 3 Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer
>NFC Reader
>3G Chip with GPS Location
>Bluetooth v4.0 BLE Command Node used to Interface with Bluetooth Devices such as Cell Phones, Tablets
>16 Gigabytes of Internal Flash Storage (Possible Future Unit With 32 Gigbytes)
>Nintendo 3DS Cart Slot
>SDHC “Holographic Enhanced” Card Slot up to 128 Gigabyte Limit
>Mini USB I/O
>3300 mAh Li-Ion battery

>GPGPU: Custom Radeon HD RX 200 GPU CODENAME LADY (2816 shaders @ 960 MHz, 4.60 TFLOP/s, Fillrates: 60.6 Gpixel/s, 170 Gtexel/s)
>CPU: IBM 64-Bit Custom POWER 8-Based IBM 8-Core Processor CODENAME JUMPMAN (2.2 GHz, Shared 6 MB L4 cache)
>Co-CPU: IBM PowerPC 750-based 1.24 GHz Tri-Core Co-Processor CODENAME HAMMER
>MEMORY: 4 Gigabytes of Unified DDR4 SDRAM CODENAME KONG, 2 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz (12.8 GB/s) On Die CODENAMED BARREL
>802.11 b/g/n Wireless
>Bluetooth v4.0 BLE
>2 USB 3.0
>1 Coaxial Cable Input
>1 CableCARD Slot
>4 Custom Stream-Interface Nodes up to 4 Wii U GamePads or 4 DSc
>Versions with Disk Drive play Wii U Optical Disk (4 Layers Maximum), FUSION Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) and Nintendo 3DS Card Slot.
>1 HDMI 2.0 1080p/4K Port
>Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 Surround Sound
>Inductive Charging Surface for up to 4 FUSION DS or IC-Wii Remote Plus Controllers
>Two versions: Disk Slot Version with 60 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage and Diskless Version with 300 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage.

“Nintendo has already begin making demo software for the targeted prototype hardware in efforts to curb the Wii U mistake in the software pipeline (they started creating software after prototyping and were unable to give major software push the first two years as a result). Nintendo plans to make most of the software prototypes into games and applications around the launch of the unit.”

Isn’t it odd that all of a sudden the 3DS is getting a new iteration with stronger hardware and better capabilities such as an NFC reader, more memory, new NNID changes (allegedly), and more buttons? It may be possible for the NEW 3DS to interact with the Wii U as a second gamepad based on some things Nintendo have stated previously. Put two and two together, folks. The NEW 3DS users will be beta testers for the fabled “Nintendo Fusion” (shout outs to Rodney S. for this specific and fitting quote).

Nintendo makes many questionable decisions, but many times they’re not in vain. Perhaps we’ll hear more regarding this in the future.

Sound off with your thoughts below!

  • uPadWatcher

    I had a strange vibe that the Wii U and New 3DS are the blueprint for Nintendo’s hybrid console… the Fusion.

  • Wii U gamepad use is possible, but I was thinking more that the New 3DS had updated hardware and features to longer “tide over” the handheld market, that way Fusion could launch next generation.

  • gimmegimmekevin

    The Fusion rumor is fake, face it folks. Cable Card? Coaxial input? An odd number of flash memory like 60 or 300? 128GB DS game cards? Also, throwing the Wii U’s IBM processor and 2GB RAM while adding other hardware would be way too costly. If anything they’d have another IBM processor that can run the WiiU’s software without needing a separate CPU. Also, the Wii U’s CPU isn’t codenamed HAMMER either. The New 3DS has nothing at all to do with this BS rumor from January.

  • The specifications are definitely sketchy but the idea that their next console will be a hybrid of their divisions is very plausible based on recent in-house decisions and things they’ve said previously.

  • paulthevgking

    It could be specs for a beta

  • paulthevgking

    Ya, me too. I thinks it’s just the nod to the next console/handheld. And with the new 3ds, I can expect a new handheld too be announced 2016, with a new console.

  • The Bluntknight

    For Nintendo to allow the new 3ds to function as a gamepad could potentially be a masterstroke if people in the west take to the new 3DS as eagerly as the Japanese have. If they can get the new 3DS to function as a gamepad not only would they have the option of selling a cheaper gamepad-less wiiU without looking like assholes but it could also be a good test bed to see how likely a fusion of handheld and homeconsole could be warmly embraced by the buying public.

    Personally I think the fusion could be a massive hit but it would depend a lot on the details and the timing. If it is a system that can play a game on the go at home that would be a selling point for me. For example Smash bros on 3DS and wiiU is a smart move for Nintendo because they’ve guaranteed more money coming in for the fourth iteration of the franchise but to have to buy (essentially) the same game twice to be able to play it at home in HD or on the go is a stretch for many people’s wallets. But to be able to have that same benefit for everygame purchased would be exceedingly rad. Especially if the dock that connects to a TV/monitor can upscale the game and have it look fantastic on the big screen with out needing a lot of work from developers. They need to throw the devs a bone in this regard if they want to woo third parties again. Third parties are for the most part lazy profiteers, anything that isn’t a guaranteed money spinner or requires some degree of effort or forethought is shunned by them. But I can envision them being interested if they can make a hi res 3DS game that automatically upscales when played at home.

    I am glad that it was debunked that Nintendo was planning to scrap the wiiU prematurely in favour of fast tracking the fusion. Nintendo really need to support the wiiU as much as possible during this generation even if xbone eventually catches up to wiiU’s install base. The time spent R’n’Ding would be vital for the fusion’s success. Also the longer they can wait the better the chance of the portable part having graphics that are close to wiiU quality and the home console part having PS4 quality graphics at an affordable price

  • Agreed. plus this thing won’t be available until thew next generation. By then, those expenses will drop by then.