Nintendo On That New DS Rumor...

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Click to viewOver the weekend, Nikkei Net announced that Nintendo plans to introduce a new iteration of the Nintendo DS sometime this year. This still yet unconfirmed DS will apparently feature a built-in camera and music playback as well as improved wireless functions. Nikkei Net writes that the new version is "expected to be priced below 20,000 yen" — the DS Lite is currently priced at 16,800 yen (US$158) in Japan. While there hasn't been an actual announcement, Nintendo issued a statement about this rumored new DS:

We are always developing new products. However, since nothing has been announced officially, we are unable to comment at this time.

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That's polite for "No comment". 新型ニンテンドーDSが年内に発売!? [Famitsu]

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It's obvious that Nintendo have a new DS lined up, they don't just sit back and twiddle their thumbs when hardware is released, they work on some new hardware. This 'new DS' may have been being developed even before the Lite was released. Problem is, it makes little sense to release a new DS at the moment, it's always in the top spots of the hardware charts (usually by a country mile) and the software charts (especially Europe and Japan) are no different. Though Nintendo have done stranger things recently...