The lights are on
Details have surfaced from GDC at San Francisco, CA pointing to a potential release this year of Nintendo’s DS follow-up. This isn’t a new iteration of existing DS tech, either. The report mentions dual screens being used as one, an accelerometer, and development kits comparable to the GameCube.Raymond Padilla questioned anonymous developers that claimed to be working on the “DS2” (no official name was revealed). Allegedly, the system will also have two screens even larger than the DS, but the gap between them will be so narrow that games will utilize both to display one big picture. We'd like to see a DS where the "other" screen can be used for something other than a map, so this is a good start.The development kit is said to be comparable in power to the GameCube. Game creators who are familiar with the GameCube or Wii will be right at home crafting games for the new handheld. Developers busy working on games said there isn’t much of a learning curve. Additionally, an accelerometer is said to be incorporated into the handheld. If you’ve toyed around with pretty much any smart phone, you’re familiar with the screen tilting action. We imagine this will lead to many balance beam and pinball minigames. These game creators said the games for the new handheld will be completed by the end of the year. Whether Nintendo releases the unit by then is still mysterious. However, enigmatic sources say that we might see an E3 2010 announcement and a release later this year.Keep in mind that none of this information is official. We’ll keep you posted if anything new comes up. In the meantime, what do you think of the fabled “DS2” these hardware specs allude to?
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I thought that it was gonna be a wiids lol
Could I be playing Super Mario Sunshine on the go in the future?
I don't want to bag on nintendo but they really just need to stop. I mean lets see, The Ds, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, Now DSCube, if they make an amazing portable successor they should stick with it for a couple of years instead of coming out with new ones every year or so.
More motion controls. :/ Why does everyone want to make them all of a sudden I really dislike motion controls.
If Nintendo was smart they would wait a little bit until people stupid enough to invest in the XL would by it, and then release the DS2. I think it might come in the holidays, 2010 or 2011
I could get behind this. Finally, a big step up for the DS; no more incremental little steps, like RIM's Blackberrys.
this would explain the shortage of good new DS games and Pokemon 5th gen coming out soon
Just as strong as a GameCube! This will be really interesting.
there needs to be more to it than this
im still rocking my original, bulky, silver DS from I don't know how many years ago. Nintendo can bring out a new one if it wants, but I'm not too sure how likely I'de be to get my hands on it any time soon.
Oh boy, I've been hearing similar rumbles about this (except exactly how the screens would work till now). I have to say though, it wouldn't be a bad time to do this since there is litteraly nothing (ok overstatement) coming to the DS this year that I care about. We got Okamiden and Golden Sun on the top of my head. Thus the DS 1 is almost at an end, in my opinion. Thankfully the Wii is picking up steam to cover for this.
I really don't see why this is necessary. I will say that New Super Mario Bros and Mario Kart DS play well and well utilize the touch screen.
Most DS games are shovelware. Many games have awkward controls and the graphics really are substandard.
I would rather read my latest GI magazine on a car ride than attempt to play Metroid or CoD on the DS. Plus, how many iterations of Pokemon can be withstood without Exorcist-like vomiting?
hmm if its region free i may look into it.
This is why I stopped buying Nintendo handhelds; they crank them out so fast that as soon as you buy one, there's two more on the horizon. Also, like others have said, my interest in handhelds went down once I was the one driving on road trips and whatnot.
I LOVE the DS, so anything that keeps the spirit of the system while upgrading in all the necessary areas is not only OK in my book, but is also a very exciting prospect.
I was really excited for the DS, and now 3 remakes later I can still count the amount of great games for it on both hands. If Nintendo's strategy remains the same for the new handheld as it was for the Wii and DS (release a few great games each year and license absolute crap to clog the rest of the system's library), then I'm going to wait before I buy it.
i have lost faith almost completely in nintindo
This is great news if it really is a true new system with apps and abilities of that of the psp and iphone. at least a 3megapixel cam, etc....
If its once again a minor upgrade to the DS then its no big deal and at this point I dont think there is anyone left that doesnt own a ds.