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High-spec successor to the Nintendo DS in the works


Nintendo DSi, courtesy of Nintendo

Since the release of the original Nintendo DS Phat, the handheld has seen a number of new incarnations, including the DS Lite, the DSi, and more recently, the DS XL (LL). But now it seems that Nintendo is actually working on a REAL successor for the handheld, and the world may catch a glimpse of it at this year's E3.

In a recent press conference, Nintendo's Satoru Iwata discussed the Wii's new Legend of Zelda release for 2010 and then revealed that yes, a new handheld is in the works. He said that it would feature high-spec graphics that gamers have all come to expect as well as some motion-sensing technology that seems to have come from the success of the Wii.

His exact (translated) words were that it would entail "high detailed graphics, and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing."

These "highly detailed graphics" could refer to the rumor that NVIDIA's Tegra would power the next-generation handheld, but we'll have to wait (as always) for a more substantial rumor for confirmation.

Either way, it looks like the new device will be unveiled at E3. I will be going to E3 this year, and I can't wait to see what Nintendo has in store in terms of this new handheld.

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