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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Nintendo i'm trying not to hate you but this isn't going to help our relationship by making a new hand held when i just bought the newest one two months ago!!!!
Sounds like something EPIC is goin' on!
This will be great!
DS2, PSP2, PSP phone, whatever - give us dual friggin analog sticks and 2 more buttons (the 4x4 or 6x2 - doesn't matter). Near-console graphics don't mean *** if the controls are crippled. The PSP and DS are both stuck in the early to mid 90's control wise. Imagine any of the 3D games for either system with dual control sticks/nubs; would make a world of difference.
Sounds good, about time they released a full successor I think. DS has been out for what, 8 or 9 years now? And 4 different versions in that time?
Yeah, I think its about time to do a new system. I still enjoy my DS, but its about time.
Sounds awesome. If it has a DS game slot, that'll be even better.
This gets my blood boiling cause I already went out and bought a DSI!!! WTF why release so many different things. Anyways, I really don't see that much potential in new Nintendo games. I don't think I can bring myself to buy this when I can download games on to my iPod Touch and get better graphics (for some games), funner games and more options. Screw Nintendo (Unless this has a very reasonable price).
Throw in a slot for old DS games and I might(!!!) buy it.
That would be nice to see! The DS is the mane hand held that i use on a day to day
I want 2 joysticks to play a real portable 3rd person shooter on ds. The problem is they can barely mmake a decent one one the wii so....im out of luck i guess.
I feel as if Nintendo's becoming like Apple. You know, releasing a new OS or iPod every other 3 months or something. That way consumers are obligated to upgrade and the company makes more profit. When I heard about the DSi, I got a bit irritated. I've only had my DSi for about a year now, so having to go out and buy another version, even if it is better, seems like a hassle.
This sounds GREAT.
This is what I've been waiting to upgrade to from the original DS model. You know, the big-fat-chunky one? Yep, I still carry that around, and am not embarassed to play on it.
The DS Lite came out and I thought "It's just smaller and brighter. There's no reason to upgrade yet. I'm satisfied." Then the DSi came out, and that was waaay more tempting with its new interface and awesome new features, but I was still holding out for a real, true successor to the original. This looks really promising, and I am definitely looking forward to it!
...If I'm still not satisfied when it releases, I'm gonna buy the DSi XL FOR SURE.