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Rumor: DS Successor Has Nifty Screen, GameCube Power

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RPAD spent the entire Game Developers Conference trying to dig up information on Nintendo's successor to the wildly-successful DS handheld. His findings? Of interest.

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According to several third-party developers writer Raymond Padilla spoke with, the next Nintendo handheld sounds a lot like the current Nintendo handheld, only with better screens and better performance. Just like we asked for.

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The key findings were:

- That the handheld's two screens - yes, it's going dual-screen again - are not only bigger, but the "gap between the two screens is negligible", meaning they can serve as either two separate screens or as a a single large display.

- It's got an accelerometer in it.

- It's expected, based on the handheld's dev kit, to have performance similar to a GameCube. Meaning it has similar performance to a Wii. Handheld Mario Galaxy and Wind Waker? Yes please.

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- Many of the developers said their games would be finished towards the end of the year, suggesting a late 2010 release.

And that suggests a reveal of the console at this year's E3 Expo in Los Angeles. It's important to note at this stage that these are all unconfirmed rumours, but then, they do sound awfully sensible, don't they?

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Nintendo DS2 Information Unearthed at GDC 2010 [RPAD]

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Joel Kelly

And i was reading about how Cell phone tech was going to be at PS3 level graphics in 3 years. Not to say that a cell phone in 3 years is going to have that ability, but in 3 years it will be fully possible.

The one right thing Nintendo does do is keep the tech simple. Its also one of there weaknesses depending on who you ask, considering the rate at how fast technology is really improving.

Hard for the consumer to keep up, but also sneaky of any white device maker to put little improvement into something and charging 50 bucks more for it.

The PSPhone sounds interesting however.