According to a report in the Nikkei newspaper posted in the NeoGaf forums, a new Nintendo DS is on the way. Nintendo have been denying a new DS revision all year, but folk in the games industry deny for a living. Making games is secondary.
According to said report, the new DS is set to include: A digital camera, games which will make use of said camera, music playback functionality, larger screens and an SD card slot. The revised DS is also slated for a release in Japan by the end of the year and will retail for under 20,000 yen.
I was actually believing this until I saw ‘Music playback functionality’. Nintendo won’t even allow CD playback on the Wii, would they really allow any form of music playback on the DS unless it’s a video game sound test? I guess we’ll see. I don’t think Nintendo need to worry about a DS revision just yet. The DS lite still looks as slick and sexy as it did 2 years ago. I think they need to focus on the Wii; sorting out storage issues, true HD output and trying to coax third parties into releasing decent games, as well as a possible revision. Sure, the Wii is only 2 years old; but already the graphics are looking like shit and as a Wii owner it’s near unbearable seeing the amount of games that the Wii is missing out on as a result of it being so badly underpowered.
A new DS which features all of the aforementioned features would be really cool, but I’m skeptical until I see an official statement confirming this from Nintendo themselves, accompanied by a picture of the new DS.
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