Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has offered the first concrete information about the next DS system -- as in, not the next revision
of the current DS, but the true next Nintendo handheld system --
in an interview with the Asahi Shimbun
newspaper. "[It will have] highly detailed graphics," Iwata said, "and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing." Sort of like the iPhone, yes, but Nintendo isn't exactly an also-ran in the field of motion-controlled gaming. Iwata declined to specify a release window for this DS2
-- or a better name than our suggestion.
Iwata also addressed potential service changes for both the current DS network and its successor, suggesting that there would be no "monthly service plan" offered for games. He indicated that Nintendo was looking to increase the number of businesses that host DS Wi-Fi hotspots instead of supporting a 3G-like service
(à la Kindle or iPhone) for the DS. The "Mac de DS
" service Nintendo provides in partnership with McDonald's offers free wireless connections for the handheld, along with exclusive downloadable content.
In Wii news, Iwata dropped one bomb that will delight fans ... and one that will probably initiate eyerolls. First, the good news: The new Zelda game
-- sort of revealed
at E3 last year -- is scheduled for release by the end of 2010. And now, that
other news: The Wii Vitality Sensor
, the bizarre biofeedback attachment also
unveiled at E3, will be released somewhere in the neighborhood of July, following a press conference about the device.