Nintendo's New System Announced
Nintendo surprised everyone late last night by announcing their latest
hardware platform, the Nintendo DS. A portable gaming system, the
DS will feature a dual-screen setup (hence the DS) that Nintendo plans
to use in new and innovative ways.
Nintendo, this will allow players to "manage their game progress from
two different perspectives". For example, in a soccer game one
screen can view the whole field while the other focuses in on an
individual player's actions.
Nintendo also revealed a little of the system's specifications,
including the dual 3" TFT LCD display panels
(same as the GBA SP, although .1" larger), dual processors, and memory
of up to 1 Gigabit. Nintendo promises that the system will have
other features and enhancements, which will be revealed in full at E3.
It should be noted
that the DS is not intended to replace the GBA or GameCube.
Instead, it will be a separate product all its own similar to the
Virtual Boy (although hopefully more successful than that). The
Nintendo DS is scheduled to launch by the end of 2004.
The full press
release is below:
REDMOND, Wash., Jan 20, 2004 – An unprecedented approach to video game
play —holding two separate game screens in the palm of your hand — hits
the scene later this year when Nintendo introduces a new portable game
system, code-named Nintendo DS.
From information made available today, players can look forward to being
able to manage their game progress from two different perspectives,
enhancing both the speed and strategy of the challenge. For example in a
soccer game, users can view the whole game on one screen while
simultaneously focusing on an individual soccer player's tackle or goal
on the other screen.
Players will no longer be forced to interrupt game play to shift
perspective, such as moving from a wide shot to a close up, or
alternating between a character's ongoing battle and a map of the
environment. Nintendo DS makes it possible to perform the tasks in real
time by simply glancing from one screen to the other.
Today's announcement is but a glimpse of the additional features and
benefits that will be shown in full at the Electronic Entertainment Expo
(E3) in Los Angeles in May. Once fully revealed, players will see
innovative advances in game interaction.
"We have developed Nintendo DS based upon a completely different concept
from existing game devices in order to provide players with a unique
entertainment experience for the 21st century," explains Satoru Iwata,
Nintendo DS features two separate 3-inch TFT LCD display panels,
separate processors, and semiconductor memory of up to 1 Gigabit. It's
scheduled to launch worldwide before the end of 2004.
In addition to Nintendo-developed software, the company is in
discussions with third-party game developers around the world.
Nintendo DS will be marketed separately from the company's existing
Nintendo Game Boy® Advance portable system and Nintendo GameCube™ home