Rumors that Nintendo is hard at work on another Nintendo DS hardware revision have been with us for a while, but lately the rumor mill has been working overtime on insisting that Nintendo is days away from announcing a new model of DS. Fact or fiction? You be the judge.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd plans to launch a new model of its DS handheld machine that can take pictures and play music by the end of the year, the Nikkei business daily said on Sunday.
The move would pit the top-selling portable game gear with Apple Inc iPod and camera-embedded cellphones in general.
The price for the new machine, which will also be equipped with advanced wireless communications functions, is expected to be below 20,000 yen ($189) in Japan, compared with 16,800 yen for the current model, the Nikkei said.
There is a rather sudden and semi-large Nintendo press conference scheduled for later this week, and the topic to be discussed is still unannounced. Could this be the new DS's grand entrance? I suppose we'll find out in a few days. In the meantime, if this is true, I hope Nintendo knows what its doing if it plans to compete against the iPod and/or cameraphone world in general. Aside from the whole "jack of all trades, master of none" cliche, Nintendo may be profit king of the gaming industry, but there's a much larger playing field out there with its own rules and bullies. Personally, all I want from a DS revision is the ability to transfer some of the less processor-intensive Virtual Console games to it. Give me Mega Man 2 on the go and I'll be happy. That's right, I'm prepared to pay more money to play the same games again and again in new places. Admitting the problem is the first step towards solving it.