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Rumor: Nintendo Planning New Widescreen DS
The rumormill is increasingly suggesting that Nintendo will soon launch a redesigned DS or completely new DS hardware.
by James Brightman on Friday, September 05, 2008


We all know that Nintendo loves to redesign its handhelds (look at the GBA), and some might argue that the ubiquitous DS handheld is now due for another redesign. Considering that Sony is launching a new PSP with a brighter LCD screen and Apple's iPhone seems to be resonating quite well with the games industry, the timing could be right for Nintendo to "refresh" the DS hardware or possibly launch an all-new DS with more powerful specs and other features.

Today IGN is reporting on "leaked information" that a DS redesign is indeed coming around an April-May 2009 timeframe. According to the report, the new DS design will incorporate touchscreen functionality on both screens and at least one screen will be in the widescreen aspect ratio.

At this point, nothing is confirmed. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter told GameDaily BIZ that if Nintendo does plan to "refresh" the DS, launching "this fall in Japan is smarter, and they can cut the price of the DS everywhere else to clear the way for a U.S./European launch in April or May."

We'll keep you posted if we receive any concrete information.
 

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Dual touch screens... hmmm... what happens when you start pressing on the top screen? Is it gonna involuntarily move the entire screen? I hope they build some type of lockout capability into the clamshell casing.:p
 
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