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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"...the gap between them will be so narrow that games will utilize both to display one big picture."
Does that mean that we'll be forced into touch screen only play modes at that time? Will rpg's function the same way they do now, but require us to turn the system sideways to vew pre-rendered cut scenes?
Maybe the new DS will have more flexible controls. Flexibility being placement like being able to move the d-pad and buttons somehow, or by having another set of buttons.
It might not be a new DS, it could be something like a portable Gamecube. Just think, the HandCube!!!
I dont know, I just spent 200$ last summer on a DSi, and dont want to spend what will probably be 250$ just so i can get new games, as they will probably cut production from ds games to "ds2" games.
i've never even used a DS but if this thing turns out pretty sweet maybe ill pick it up....maybe
Wow I'm surprised nintendo isnt one to keep releasing consoles each year like sony with the psp 1000 2000 3000 and Go. Is nintendo also going to take this road?
wow, i can't wait to see how pokemon 5th gen works on this, it fits so perfectly they are in development for 5th gen right now and people have been developing for this new handheld i can;t wait
ooh that sounds fun. cant wait..i wonder what mario kart will be like!
what about the DSi XL!!!
Why does nintendo have to have a follow up to the NDS every year. I mean really, The big bulky origial, The slightly smaller light, The camera equiped I, The giant XL, and now this?
Nintendo sees the Wii's starting to lose ground on the console war. Time to put out another handheld =P
All the same, I'm interested in seeing more on this.
I like the idea of a screen that melds together, hopefully this one does not cost a arm and a leg, or a arm and two legs.
cool. it would be awesome if you could play gamecube discs on this
stop making these portable systems. ds 2 come on!!!!!!!
I'm all for a new handheld. I'm all DS'd out. The only thing it would absolutely NEED though, is backwards compatibility.
That, and to not ditch it with the third iteration. Seriously, DSi, you just said, "screw all those GBA and Guitar Hero fans, we need a CAMERA!"
Meh, Ill stick to Dsi
Hmm. Its about time something new came from Nintendo.
"Comparable in power" to the GameCube? That would be great. I love my DS, but I would like more power under the hood. This would be a great "next step".