Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachte
r agrees with some of the other
predictions we heard this year: a new DS system is on the way. According to investor notes released by the company, falling demand for the hardware in Japan will motivate Nintendo to introduce the next revision of the DS "before the end of the calendar year."
Nintendo of Japan, if you're reading (and you aren't): we can solve this hardware demand problem without the need for a new console (although Pachter believes the next iteration is ready): just pack Dragon Quest IX
, when it comes out, with a DS Lite. It doesn't even have to be an exclusive color.