You may want to think twice about picking up that DSi-XL next week; Nintendo announced early Tuesday morning that the true successor to the DS will be launched sometime during the coming fiscal year (April 2010 - March 2011).
The new handheld, tentatively dubbed the 3DS, will play games with 3D effects without the need for special glasses, and will also play all DS and DSi games. In addition, Japanese business daily Nikkei reports that the handheld will feature an analog joystick and built-in rumble functionality.
Rumors that Nintendo's next handheld will feature a built-in accelerometer for motion-based gameplay have yet to be verified, but the company is expected to reveal the 3DS in full at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles this June.
This announcement comes less than a week before the North American launch of the DSi-XL, the latest revamp of the original DS hardware released in 2004.
MY TAKE: I still have a red-and-black-flavored headache from Nintendo's last 3D gaming system, but that's beside the point. This thing is a 3D DS. Three dimensions multiplied by two screens? That's at least five dimensions of gaming--maybe even more. This was foretold. THIS IS HOW IT ENDS.
Alternatively, I'm glad that Nintendo announced this and made the decision for me about whether or not to upgrade to a DSi-XL.