Nintendo Announces Official Name and New Design for Nintendo DS
Jul 27, 2004
More Than 120 Games in Development Worldwide for Nintendo's New Game Platform REDMOND, Wash., July 28, 2004 In preparation for the launch of Nintendo DS in North America and Japan later this year, Nintendo today announces major global developments for the innovative dual-screen, wireless, hand-held video game system. Nintendo DS, originally chosen as the code name, has been selected as the official product name. The Nintendo DS name evokes the idea of a portable system with "dual screens," providing the rationale for the final name. The hardware also has been redesigned to sport a slimmer, sharper look. The retooled Nintendo DS features a thinner, black base and an angular platinum flip-top cover. The face buttons and shoulder buttons are larger, and some have been reconfigured for optimum use. The unit includes a new storage slot for the touch screens stylus, and the speakers now broadcast in stereo sound, with or without headphones. "The Nintendo DS will change the future of hand-held gaming," says Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. "Dual screens, chat functions, a touch screen, wireless capabilities, voice recognition-- these abilities surpass anything attempted before, and consumers will benefit from the creativity and innovation the new features bring to the world of video games." Software companies worldwide have more than 120 Nintendo DS games in development. Nintendo alone is developing more than 20 titles, and in excess of 100 companies have signed on to create games for the new system. "The innovative functions make Nintendo DS a superior game device, while the chat feature and ability to detect other DS units make it a social device as well," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of Americas executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Weve figured out the magic of what makes portable game play so attractive to consumers. Weve defeated nine challengers and once again were prepared to win." Nintendo will announce the launch date, price and game lineup for Nintendo DS at a later date.
I would prefer one in color instead of platinum, but oh well. I just hope it plays ALL Game Boy games not just the GBA games. If it does that then I will get one, if not then I'm just going to buy an SP at some point for that use, even though most likely I won't play past games. Mostly I just care about playing some of the GBA games I'm interested in and hooking it up to my GC for any bonus stuff on that in certain games. And finally getting to my island in Animal Crossing. I have been waiting for far to long!