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Nintendo DS2 coming within 8 months, says analyst

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Jan 2010 14:09 User comments (10)

Nintendo DS2 coming within 8 months, says analyst Nintendo will officially announce a "DS 2" handheld within 8 months, says top video game industry analyst Jesse Divnich, despite a record sales year for the DS/DSi in 2009.
"Even though the Nintendo DS posted a record year in 2009, EEDAR expects Nintendo to make an official announcement on the DS2 within the next eight months," wrote Divnich in a note. "Nintendo has always had a controlling stake in the handheld market, despite facing numerous competitors, and EEDAR believes one of the biggest reasons for Nintendo’s success in the handheld market is their ability to remove opportunity gaps for competitors to enter. Nintendo’s transition from the GBA to the DS, a year earlier than anticipated, was a brilliant strategy to remove any upper hand the Sony PSP could have by being first to market."

The new hardware will also help Nintendo to somewhat curb the piracy market, which will in turn give publishers more reason to invest in handheld gaming.

"Piracy continues to be an issue, not just for Nintendo, but for its third-party publishers as well. Whilst the release of the DSi has slowed down piracy, that slow down will only be temporary as hackers have already managed to bypass the new security systems built into the hardware," he added, via GI.biz.

Many publishers have said that they will continue to move money away from handhelds and towards consoles such as the XBox 360 and PS3, thanks to stronger sales.

Says Divnich: "Many publishers including Sega, Capcom, and now Ubisoft have all expressed that they may be reducing their exposure to Nintendo’s consoles, which will likely lead to heavy declines in both hardware and software sales for the Nintendo DS."

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10 user comments

115.1.2010 14:19

piracy does help to sell more hardware units i know lots of people who have bought a ds just because they can use an r4 with it

215.1.2010 15:25

its 50/50 but I doubt it.

315.1.2010 20:52

Originally posted by elbald90:
piracy does help to sell more hardware units i know lots of people who have bought a ds just because they can use an r4 with it

Yep but im surpised as how many people dont know about it.

416.1.2010 0:28

i really hope Nintendo doesn't release a DS2 anytime soon. I think they should still work on the current DSi and DSi LX. Expand those products a bit more, put more support to them. I hate when companies come out with new stuff every year, because you always seem behind with the times.

Its pretty contradicting, however, because i have always supported companies who always come out with new innovations and technology. But in this case, i bet Nintendo wouldn't add much to the DS2. So far, simply on the DS platform, there has been the Original DS (old grey one), DS Lite, DSi, DSiLX, and i feel that the DSi and DSiLX were products to get some quick money.

516.1.2010 0:47

I'm ready for a new Nintendo handheld, wish they'd lose the touchscreen idea though... Hopefully their new one will be supported by decent games at least.

616.1.2010 1:02

Originally posted by Morreale:
I'm ready for a new Nintendo handheld, wish they'd lose the touchscreen idea though... Hopefully their new one will be supported by decent games at least.
Looking at the smartphone fad they will keep the touch and lose the buttons...

716.1.2010 7:40

Then you just have an iPhone with even less features :P

816.1.2010 10:46

Quote:
Originally posted by Morreale:
I'm ready for a new Nintendo handheld, wish they'd lose the touchscreen idea though... Hopefully their new one will be supported by decent games at least.
Looking at the smartphone fad they will keep the touch and lose the buttons...
If it has no buttons I'm definitely not going to buy it. I hate touch controls, especially controls with no feedback at all like the iPod Touch.

916.1.2010 22:33

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by Morreale:
I'm ready for a new Nintendo handheld, wish they'd lose the touchscreen idea though... Hopefully their new one will be supported by decent games at least.
Looking at the smartphone fad they will keep the touch and lose the buttons...
If it has no buttons I'm definitely not going to buy it. I hate touch controls, especially controls with no feedback at all like the iPod Touch.
Ds touch screen games are awesome unless you are lazy so just get a psp and stop complaining because touchscreen games are propably sticking around for a long time

1016.1.2010 22:45

Quote:
Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by Morreale:
I'm ready for a new Nintendo handheld, wish they'd lose the touchscreen idea though... Hopefully their new one will be supported by decent games at least.
Looking at the smartphone fad they will keep the touch and lose the buttons...
If it has no buttons I'm definitely not going to buy it. I hate touch controls, especially controls with no feedback at all like the iPod Touch.
Ds touch screen games are awesome unless you are lazy so just get a psp and stop complaining because touchscreen games are propably sticking around for a long time
Even I wont buy them if the device is not built with persision at its core....

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