We don’t think many people will dispute that the original Nintendo DS wasn’t the most pretty or ergonomic of devices. In fact, in comparison to the Sony PlayStation Portable, it was something of an ugly grey slab. The swift arrival of the much sleeker DS Lite proved this, and now if one analyst is to be believed, the dual-screened console’s next hardware rebuild is already complete.
“Our contacts indicate that a refreshed DS is complete,” Wilson said today in his holiday preview investor’s note, reports Gamespot. “It is thinner (it has no GBA port), has on-board storage, and larger screens. However, we do not expect a revamped Wii or DS until sales begin to tail off in all three major geographies.”
Given the phenomenal continued success of the DS Lite and the masses of developer support for the format, who knows when sales of the current hardware will begin to diminish? …Certainly not soon if the production becomes cheaper and Nintendo can pump even more of the things out to a public yearning for more.
Could the third generation DS be the rumoured “OAP build” for elderly players, featuring bigger buttons and an easier-to-grip stylus?
What are your thoughts on a DS redesign? Would you ditch the Lite for its successor or stick with what you’ve already got?