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Nintendo device to give E3 the hotties

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Tue Mar 01 2005, 12:42
AS IF E3 couldn't get any hotter, a filing this morning suggests that Nintendo are set to unveil a new handheld device at the show.

The gaming reporters at SPOnG cite internal Nintendo sources as saying that the Nintendo DS is to be shifted into a role of 'PDA that plays games', with Nintendo's recent licensing of the PalmOS.

The machine, mooted as Game Boy Advance 2, would, according to SPOnG, be far more similar to the Sony PlayStationPortable, which is currently wowing early-adopters with PlayStation 2-quality graphics, a huge display and native WiFi. The move would be a huge climb-down for Nintendo, who have dismissed the PSP from its inception, stating that the DS would spark a revolution in hand-held gaming.

However, this speculation was poo-poo'ed by the rival pack of gaming reporters at EuroGamer, who said the report was, effectively, a load of rubbish. Whilst it is likely, they say, that Nintendo will launch an updated version of its Game Boy, it will merely be a design evolution, much as the SP was to the original Advance.

The thought of almost abandoning the DS, they suggest, is as ridiculous as it may sound. Nintendo are quoted as saying that this story has been "Pulled out of the air."

The PSP launches in the US later this month, with an absolute stack of titles, including new editions of current chart-toppers Need For Speed, Fifa football, Tony Hawk's Underground and Wipeout. The DS, in contrast, has been plagued by a lack of compelling titles other than launch favourite Super Mario DS, and an unfavourable response to its industrial, not to say rugged, design.


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