Nikkei – New DS to release this year with larger screens, music play-back, more

Sunday, 28 September 2008 09:15 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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According to this Reuters report, the Nikkei’s reported this morning that Nintendo is to release a new DS this year.

The hardware upgrade is to feature a built in camera, support for SD cards, music playback capabilities, and improved Wi-Fi support. The system’s screens will also be bigger.

The piece apparently said that the new version will continue with its feature of having two touch-screens, so there’s a chance that rumour of a second touch-panel being included in the upgrade are true.

The console will have improved Wi-Fi support, increasing the system’s use as an information terminal, allowing owners to get news and product information at retailers and train stations. Nintendo currently has such a service on test under the name Nintendo Spot.

Pricing for the new model will be below 20,000 yen, says the report.

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