Nintendo DS redesign done and ready for holiday release?

Nintendo's DS Lite redesign has proved a tremendous success, regularly topping hardware sales charts around the world since it was first released in Japan in March 2006. Despite the system's success, Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson believes Nintendo has already finished work on its successor.

"Our contacts indicate that a refreshed DS is complete," Wilson said today in his holiday preview investor's note. "It is thinner (it has no GBA port), has on-board storage, and larger screens. However, we do not expect a revamped Wii or DS until sales begin to tail off in all three major geographies." As of press time, a Nintendo of America representative had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

In addition to dropping hints on a redesigned handheld, Wilson addressed the challenges publishers are facing during the jam-packed holiday retail season. Specifically, Wilson said Nintendo is placing publishers in a "difficult spot." With reorders for third-party DS and Wii games taking three to six weeks to fill, Wilson said publishers have a harder time adjusting if they underestimate sales and also risk having to take products back from retailers if their initial orders are too optimistic.

The holiday release torrent is also having adverse effects at retail chains. According to Wilson, the influx of Nintendo-platform releases, as well as bulky Guitar Hero and Rock Band packaging and a resurgence of sales for summer blockbuster game tie-ins due to holiday DVD releases, are contributing most significantly to retail real estate becoming a hot commodity.

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If they plan to drop the GBA slot to reduce the size/power consumption then I fully expect them to use that internal storage for Virtual Console and/or Wii Ware titles to compensate.

Why would you need a GBA slot if you can just download (pay Nintendo more $) them directly to your DS internal storage and emulate them there?

Knowing Nintendo, they will probably come up with some sort of external accessory to let this new DS utilize the GBA slot. And knowing Nintendo's accessories, the sales will stink and Nintendo can use that to claim that the game boy backwards compatibility isn't popular anymore.

The lack of a GBA slot would make things difficult for certain games that utilize this.

Transferring pokemon from the (3rd generation) pokemon GBA cartridges to Pokemon Diamond/Pearl will become impossible if one were to buy this micro version of the Nintendo DS, not to mention Slot-2 flash-carts and some that sit flush in the dslite will also be useless and the previously mentioned opera browser with ram expansion.

Those are some things to think long and hard about before purchasing the Nintendo DS Micro.

Dumping the GBA slot would be a bad idea. They released the Nintendo DS Browser which NEED the memory expansion pack, which is a GBA cartrigde. They even said they would eventually allow some games to take advantage of it.

If they do this, the Nintendo DS Browser (which took more than 1½ year to come out in the US) will be useless.

I hate the idea of dumping the GBA slot. That was a big part of why I bought a DS, and later, at DS Lite.

I still get a LOT of use out of GBA games - Final Fantasies, Phantasy Star Collection, Mario Advances, etc etc. Huge library to simply cut off for a sliver of thickness.

maybe this is one of the trends in video game hardware lately... a slimmed down (in one way or another) model with no backwards compatibility gets released after the original console... or something

man, nintendo pulled off a stroke of genius... have huge and catchy guitar hero & rock band boxes fill up the shelves, then slim down the ds to compensate! who would have thought of that?