Nintendo DS2 Rumors Continue at GDC 2010

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Nintendo DS2 Rumors Continue at GDC 2010

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Will Nintendo release the DS2 this year or not? If recent rumors can be believed, we're a little closer to finding out.

Raymond Padilla's mission at GDC this year was to squeeze out some more information on Nintendo's inevitable DS successor, the "DS2" if you will, that has only been mentioned in rumors thus far. With development kits supposedly on the streets already, there must have been someone willing to speak on the new system, right? There was, but remember that none of this information is official and should still be treated as rumor.

While it's quite obvious that the next DS would have two screens, the DS2's screens will be bigger and have a higher resolution. Particularly worth mentioning is that the small gap between the top and bottom screens will take a hike for the DS2, allowing both to be used as one big screen.

The DS2 development kit is said to be as powerful as the GameCube, meaning that for most developers it will be easy to work with. Reportedly, it doesn't have much of a learning curve. A handheld GameCube? Considering I was the one person that loved Super Mario Sunshine, sign me up!

Re-confirmed was the use of an accelerometer in the system. Tilt controls in the DS2 have been the most widespread rumor thus far, and it makes sense to implement them, so this feature is basically a shoe-in to me.

The developers that Padilla spoke to said they would be finished working on their DS2 games by the end of 2010. Despite the DSi XL being only two weeks away from it's North American release date, Nintendo will likely announce something about the DS2 at E3 for a late 2010 release. That's if any of this can be believed. What I hate most about these rumors is that I was very excited to get a DSi XL before today, but I'm not quite as much anymore. At least I'll know to wait for the DS2 XL.

Source: RPad.tv

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Power of the GameCube?! Sign me up!

This is cool but I still like my DS and I doubt ill be able to afford the successor. Especially if it's coming out this year. I hope I can still get the new games on the DS, at least for a little while...

Aww D:

Is it really necessary to come out with a new handheld? >_>

I dunno... they just released the XL... they'd piss off many of their customers

I'll just wait for the DS2iXLQWERTY Version 3.356859x10 to the power of 48 Lite to be inevitably released some time next year.

Well... I think rather than buying a DSiXL... I'll just buy a DS2. I'll just get my Nintendo Fund, next to my Valve and Digimon Fund.

Calumon: He gives the Digimon fund money to me. ^^

Holy crap that's some powerful machine right there. But take your time with it eh? I love my DS to death and don't want to replace it so soon.

This bugs me, They don't need a new handheld the DS is fine as it is, the lack of graphical power is what gets developers to be more creative to work around it, I like the DS as it is and if a second one comes out there is no doubt a new PSP will come out and I like the PSP as it is too, the lifespans of this generation are long and that includes the handhelds, I really hope they give the DS 3 or so more years...

I'll buy it, if it has full backwards compatibility, at least down to GBA. Otherwise, it'll be a waste of money, at least, for me.

Nimbus:
I'll buy it, if it has full backwards compatibility, at least down to GBA. Otherwise, it'll be a waste of money, at least, for me.

Well if it's bigger they might have it, on the other hand I'm not going to speculate that they have any reason to have it included. Though this does mean I'm going to be sticking with my DS Fat until the DS2 comes out.

Nice, im definitely going to start saving up now, even though ill probably still get the DSi XL :P

With that much processing power im hoping the DSi Browser and DSi-Ware will have a few improvements to them as well as the Games themselves.
(i also hope they release GBA Games on the download.)

MurderousToaster:
I'll just wait for the DS2iXLQWERTY Version 3.356859x10 to the power of 48 Lite to be inevitably released some time next year.

Gameboy Micro anyone?

Edit: Wrong quote. It's this one I meant to quote.

tk1989:
I dunno... they just released the XL... they'd piss off many of their customers

Another one?

DS, DS Lite, DSi and the DS XL... now the DS2?

So many people must be pissed of that they buy the most recent version just to have the next version announced.

RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRR HULK SMASH!! NO MORE DS VARIANTS!!!

but in all seriousness. i dont know how many times people are going to buy a new variant of a console they already have for one or two extra features.

heres some advice ninetendo even though youre not listening i can still say i told you so. how about you concentrate improve the models youve already released insead of realeasing a new one every 3 months? eh?

ZeroDotZero:

MurderousToaster:
I'll just wait for the DS2iXLQWERTY Version 3.356859x10 to the power of 48 Lite to be inevitably released some time next year.

Gameboy Micro anyone?

Edit: Wrong quote. It's this one I meant to quote.

tk1989:
I dunno... they just released the XL... they'd piss off many of their customers

I'm ashamed to say I actually own a Gameboy Micro. I have it around here somewhere.

DividedUnity:
RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRR HULK SMASH!! NO MORE DS VARIANTS!!!

but in all seriousness. i dont know how many times people are going to buy a new variant of a console they already have for one or two extra features.

heres some advice ninetendo even though youre not listening i can still say i told you so. how about you concentrate improve the models youve already released insead of realeasing a new one every 3 months? eh?

Well the thing here is that the DS2 is an actual new console (by comparison, the DS1 and its variants had the rough power of an N64 compared to the DS2's Gamecube power). But I agree they've definetely put out too many variants of the DS1 and I hope that there's at least a year of time in between now and the DS2 hitting shelves.

Also they need to stop with the constant iterations. They used to be good about this, only putting out a new version of a handheld if it was necessary (Game Boy Pocket's sharper screen, Game Boy Advance SP's backlight, etc.), now it's hitting PSP levels of meaninglessness.

if it can take better pictures, download apps, better graphic and improved multiplayer, sign me up.

Sign me up. I want it.NOW.

AceDiamond:

DividedUnity:
RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRR HULK SMASH!! NO MORE DS VARIANTS!!!

but in all seriousness. i dont know how many times people are going to buy a new variant of a console they already have for one or two extra features.

heres some advice ninetendo even though youre not listening i can still say i told you so. how about you concentrate improve the models youve already released insead of realeasing a new one every 3 months? eh?

Well the thing here is that the DS2 is an actual new console (by comparison, the DS1 and its variants had the rough power of an N64 compared to the DS2's Gamecube power). But I agree they've definetely put out too many variants of the DS1 and I hope that there's at least a year of time in between now and the DS2 hitting shelves.

Ok processing power wise and mayber graphically wise its a new console, i see your point.

But think about this. The games being developed will be pretty much the same as the rest of the games that have been released for the DS since its release regardless of its new found power. Also, even though it has better graphics the current audience for the DS which this new console will most likely be aimed at as well are mostly children (im not saying the ds is for kids I play one myself).

And for the kids to get their new DS theyd have to ask their parents and im not too sure about most parents but if i asked my mother for 250 pounds for a new DS2 a few months after I just got a DSi or whatever she would most likely just look at me funny.

I would love to see this new DS come out if it really has this processing power BUT!! they should hold it from release for at least a year. Its not like they have any decent rivals in the handheld market they need to get one up on so they should take this model. Add new features onto it and get it perfect then in a year when everyone is bored of their DSi and DS XLs release it.

Ninetendo makes a lot of money. Everyone gets a cool new DS with all the features you could ever want. No one is buying a DS2 lite in a few months time. Everyones happy

I'm wondering if it will use disks, since a cartridge probably won't be enough to hold games that are Gamecube-level.

The original DS has 4 version already. I wonder how many this new one will have. 5? 10? 100?

They have just released DSi XL or whatever the hell its called, so I doubt that they will release a brand new console. I don't know how many people it'll piss off if they do that. Having said that, I would eventually get the DS2.

My DS fat got stolen several years ago.( I left my door unlocked in a bad neighborhood so it was kind of my fault.) Since then, I have resolved not to buy another DS until the next one comes out. If this handheld is as great as they say it is, I look forward to buying it. I also look forward to carrying it around at all times and never leaving it alone in my car.

Jonny49:
Power of the GameCube?! Sign me up!

I'm right behind you in the sign up line. Just imagine the opportunities!

Quadtrix:
I'm wondering if it will use disks, since a cartridge probably won't be enough to hold games that are Gamecube-level.

They could just use some sort of memory card system. Like a SD or something similar with some kind of lock. A SDHC card can get as big as 32 GB and that would be enough to store games for the 360 and more on it. I've actually discussed that they should use some card thingy on new consoles rather than discs once before.

This is gonna be epic! I am definitely gonna get the DS2, though I myself am gonna call it "Gameboy Omega" until the true title is announced. I hope it's as awesome as it sounds!

I'm not so interested in the DS2, but if it is released this year, that means that Sony will have it's PSP2 out on the market soon. If it has two analog nubs and ps2 classics for download, I will be a happy clam.

Yopaz:

Quadtrix:
I'm wondering if it will use disks, since a cartridge probably won't be enough to hold games that are Gamecube-level.

They could just use some sort of memory card system. Like a SD or something similar with some kind of lock. A SDHC card can get as big as 32 GB and that would be enough to store games for the 360 and more on it. I've actually discussed that they should use some card thingy on new consoles rather than discs once before.

Hopefully they'll catch up with Apple and Sony and due away with physical media entirely. Throw a 30 GB HDD in there or something. Though, if they do stay with physical media, flash memory certainly has potential for a hella'lot more storage than disks at this point.

If the games are going to continue to be "Super touchscreen: let's touch a screen" And "The legend of touchscreen: a touch to the screen" count me out. The touchscreen is a lame and unfun gimmick and has so many inherent flaws from a gaming perspective it makes me want to smack a bitch.

The Almighty Narf:

Yopaz:

Quadtrix:
I'm wondering if it will use disks, since a cartridge probably won't be enough to hold games that are Gamecube-level.

They could just use some sort of memory card system. Like a SD or something similar with some kind of lock. A SDHC card can get as big as 32 GB and that would be enough to store games for the 360 and more on it. I've actually discussed that they should use some card thingy on new consoles rather than discs once before.

Hopefully they'll catch up with Apple and Sony and due away with physical media entirely. Throw a 30 GB HDD in there or something. Though, if they do stay with physical media, flash memory certainly has potential for a hella'lot more storage than disks at this point.

I think they'll probably stay with the card idea especially since memory prices are so low, it's why they went with that format for the DS. Keeps games relatively inexpensive and also cards don't have as much battery drain as disc media. Given Nintendo's relative inexperience with digital distribution I'm not really sure I'd want them to get rid of physical media just yet.

Guitarmasterx7:
If the games are going to continue to be "Super touchscreen: let's touch a screen" And "The legend of touchscreen: a touch to the screen" count me out. The touchscreen is a lame and unfun gimmick and has so many inherent flaws from a gaming perspective it makes me want to smack a bitch.

Yeah I totally remember having every single game forcing me to use the touchscreen, no wait that's not true at all. The touchscreen controls are not mandatory and I don't know why people keep pretending it is.

I've bought the original DS ("Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt" FTW), the DS Lite, and the DSi, and yet I still find myself lusting for the larger screens of the DSi XL, and now there's the DS2 possibly on the horizon...
And I want it.

I loved Super Mario Sunshine. I think that the number of people who liked it is up to about 12 now, I'll let you know if that number changes.
If there was a handheld SMS or a Zelda game on the level of the Wind Waker, I would consider purchasing it.

a DS2 hmmmm, it better have a QWERTY keypad

"as powerful as the GameCube".

The sequal to spirit tracks is going to rule.

FrancoDHorse:
Aww D:

Is it really necessary to come out with a new handheld? >_>

Given that the DS is about 6 years old, and the average console tends to last about 5 years...

Granted that the current gen of consoles is also about 5 years old with no news of the next console, but that's simply because the graphics are at the point where... what are they going to update? The only thing they can really improve on the 360 or PS3 is by improving on areas where only a handful of gamers will notice the difference, and that handful is probably already devoted to the PC since that's the console where you can really tinker with that background stuff.

Meanwhile the DS2 (according to current rumors) will be like the jump from the N64 to the Gamecube.

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