Nintendo DS Successor By End of Year?

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With Nintendo DS sales slowing in Japan, could Nintendo have a successor waiting in the wings? Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter think so, telling investors in a note that Nintendo "has a new handheld device ready for launch in [Japan] before the end of the calendar year," according to a report from Edge Online. In fact, it's those cooling hardware sales on the DS that may force Nintendo to react, making an end-of-year announcement more likely, Pachter writes. The DS has been regularly outsold by the PSP for the past few months in Japan, with marquee software releases doing little to boost matching hardware sales.Sure, the company is still selling DS hardware at a massive rate in the U.S. and Europe, and it just announced a very, very profitable quarter, but the dates match up. The Nintendo DS Lite launched just fifteen months after the original, fugly DS, making the timing seem right for a hardware refresh. We'd heard just prior to E3 that Nintendo was planning on releasing a smaller, cheaper DS, one with a a built-in accelerometer. Obviously, that didn't happen, but that talk was based on an IGN rumor, citing "trusted insiders." Besides, Europe's shirtless models have become bored with the current DS. They need something desperately to reignite their passion for handheld video games. Won't someone at Nintendo think of the models?! Nintendo DS Successor Ready? [Edge]

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@bubassi:The drugs your on, stop taking them.

@zoesch:He's not that far off of the mark, the PSP's piracy issues are strangling the flow of new titles for it and it's attachment rate is complete crap. When you have the hardware selling, but not the software, it means that third party developers are very likely to put their games elsewhere and they have, on the DS, where the marketshare is so huge, it can offset to a point the massive piracy.

The piracy is so bad on the PSP that it will cut the lifespan of the system short, along with the fact that 2nd place is not where Sony wants it.

@LittleBigPlaneteer:Like it or not, the PSP failed to reach pretty much most, if not all of it's goals set by Sony and it's for sure failing to meet it's attachment rate goals. By all accounts, the PSP should have shot past the DS install base within 6 months and from then on, build a install base that would have pushed the DS into a dead last 2nd place. When your in a two man horse race, 2nd place is the same as last place. Don't forget the massive piracy issues which are reflecting themselves in attachment rate and sales, why does the PSP have at best, only 3-5 million sellers worldwide, and the DS 30+? Why is Monster Hunter the only PSP game in Japan to crack the 2 million unit sales mark, but in Japan, there's at least 10 DS titles which have done so?

The 'Ten year lifespan' chatter works really great when you control enough of the market that no one has a chance to catch up. It does not work when your fighting tooth and nail not to end up in third place and in the other market, you are in third place, it's just called '2nd'.

If Microsoft had taken a step into the handheld market, the PSP would very likely not be in third place. Sony knows this well and they are just biding time till they can get the code jockies to make a PSP2 firmware that Dark Alexx won't crack in 10 hours after the units hit the market. If Microsoft announces plans to enter the market, the PSP's lifespan would drop to 6 months.

@Jesse in Japan:Pushing 30-40k units a week is not market saturation. Not even close. As for software attachment, the DS has nothing to worry about there, at all.

@RyuriTatsujin:Dude, pay attention to the post and who's claiming a redesign is coming before you post.

@mr30gZune:Fuk u and your lazy attempt to make dialog.

Anyway, Patcher's way off the mark here. Nintendo has no reason what so ever to even think about announcing a follow up to the DS yet, The DS is the true 'ten year system' of this portable system gen, not the PSP. Don't look for a DS2 till Sony or Microsoft announce their next system.