When it comes to the guts of prototype electronic devices I’m generally the last guy on earth you’d want answering questions, making observations, or even postulating theories as to what the various components are. As far as I’m concerned, what happens beneath the shiny exterior of my PS3 or iPhone violates every known law of both God and science and is no less than wonderful, unholy magic. That being said, a recent FCC filing submitted by Nintendo and electronics manufacturer Mitsumi appears to be a picture of the inner workings of the 3DS, and while I may have irreparably discredited myself earlier, some things seem pretty clear, even to me.
Take a look at the picture. Now if you ignore all of the blue and green stuff, what are obviously two screens should be fairly evident. The bottom one seems pretty similar to the current DS setup, touchscreen and all, while the top one is definitely an indicator that you may soon be catching Pokemons in gloriously transcendent widescreen…probably.
Unfortunately, this pic surfaced in relation to the 3DS’ wi-fi system, so there’s really no telling what’s going to make it into the machine’s final version and what isn’t. Like most Nintendo products, any and all wild speculation, such as what appears to be a white analog stick, is probably fruitless until Nintendo decides otherwise. That being the case, I’m going to guess that the 3DS will be fully backwards-compatible with your VC library, have twice the power of the Wii, and will consume human laughter in lieu of electricity.
And you, dear reader? What are your prognostications? Let us know after the break.