IGN writes: “While details are a bit slim as of now, the announcement stated the console would incorporate 3D technology without the need for players to wear special glasses. The 3DS will also be backwards compatible with all DS and DSi software.
Nintendo says this new portable machine will “succeed” the DS series. As of December 2009, the DS console has sold 125 million units worldwide.
Rumors of a new DS console have been buzzing for a while now. The latest instance came from President and CEO Satoru Iwata, when he reportedly told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun the company was working on a DS successor that would have “highly detailed graphics” and use a sensor with the ability to “read the movements of people playing.” Another rumor suggested NVIDIA’s Tegra processor would power a new DS hand-held. Both of these reports remain unconfirmed as of now, however.
The king of handheld gaming has a successor ladies and gentlemen, Long live the King!
UPDATE: Nintendo’s fifth generation version of its wildly popular Nintendo DS hardware, the Nintendo 3DS, comes with more than just the power to display 3D images. It also comes with a new joystick and force feedback, according to one report.
Fortunately, that report is from the typically reliable Nikkei, who writes that Nintendo “plans to give the new system a 3-D joystick and a force feedback mechanism that will let players feel the collisions of a game character.” Nintendo has experimented with force feedback on the DS with the Rumble Pak add-on, originally bundled with Metroid Prime Pinball.
The Nikkei also feels comfortable enough reporting that the 3DS will feature improved wireless communication speed and battery life, but that its dual screens will be slightly smaller than that of the Nintendo DSi XL, due in North America on March 28.
The Japanese news outlet also says Nintendo is “considering” adding an accelerometer for tilt-controlled games. We’ve heard similar reports before about motion-sensing controls, reports that Nintendo later said were “misinterpreted.”
The Asahi Shimbun writes in its report on the Nintendo 3DS that the latest hardware update may take advantage of 3D LCD screen technology developed by Sharp and Hitachi—technology already available in 3D-simulating PC monitors.
While the Nikkei doesn’t provide sourcing on its report, leading us to believe that some of this may be speculation, the publication tends to be accurate. We reached out to Nintendo of America this morning for clarification on the Nintendo 3DS’s features, but the company declined to comment.