Sunday, 28 September 2008

Nintendo DS Revamp

New DS with Camera, MP3's, Buzz Saw.

Ahead of the Nintendo Event this Thursday, the tinterweb is abuzz today with the news that Nintendo are planning to launch a new model of their popular handheld console. And what rumor mongering website has leaked this news? Well, Nikkei of course, Japan's premier economic newspaper.

According to their article, this new DS will come with an embedded camera and will feature the ability to play MP3s from a SD memory card. They also suggest that the camera will have some functionality in a new wave of DS games, something similar to what Nintendo tried to achieve 10 years ago with the Game Boy Camera. But probably not crap. There are also rumors (and these are rumors) that the two screens will be made bigger, and the top screen will also be a touch screen.

In the past Nintendo have regularly provided updates to their handheld consoles, and going by previous timescales the DS is probably just about due a revamp. What is unclear at this stage is whether this is an upgrade, or a new model akin to Nintendo's move from the Game Boy Advance to the DS. The timing of this announcement also comes as Apple have started making some serious money on selling games on the app store for the iPhone encroaching on Nintendo's territory. Now it seems that Nintendo are fighting back on this by putting music functionality into the little console. Maybe we may see a Nintendo version of iTunes that can be accessed through the Wii?

The downside of this news is that this is probably Nintendo's big announcement that was due this Thursday coming, and I had all of my limbs crossed that it was going to be another Zelda. One of the most pleasant side effects of today's news though is how the forums are filling up with ideas about the DS new design. This is my favorite redesign so far....

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