You might not understand the conundrum I encountered when attempting to play Kid Icarus at E3. The game relies on the stylus to aim, while the thumbstick moves and dodges and the shoulder buttons shoot. This is already an awkward position for any human being, but for left-handed people, it may be impossible to manage. Essentially, it forces the player to use their right hand for the stylus, an incredibly uncomfortable proposition for a southpaw such as myself. It might be possible to engineer a 3DS with the controls switched, but it’s probably not something you would want to attempt.
Rumors of a hardware revision of the 3DS have abounded since the system was released, but this is probably the first time a publication has given them any credence. I don’t think weight is a major issue to resolve, certainly not on the level of improvement we saw between the DS and DS Lite. That being said, I don’t doubt that a revision would be lighter and smaller if it were in the works. Battery life is the feature in most need of an upgrade, but if they could only provide such a dismal amount a year ago, how much could they really give us now, without impacting performance? If that were the selling feature of this supposed 3DS Lite, it would have to be a significant improvement.
The third change that seems likely is the addition of the second thumbstick on board. It seems likely because they created a peripheral to add it. Using this control mechanism to replace the stylus in Kid Icarus would actually resolve the issue for land-handed people. It would be very nice, but there are a few problems. First, it would change the control layout on an existing system, an alteration for which there is no precedent. It seems likely to cause more consumer confusion than Nintendo would want. It would toss away the good faith Nintendo tried to regain with the Ambassador Program. Early adopters are the same people that will be in line to purchase the new revision. Such a radical change this early in the system’s life will not win any hearts or minds.