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Nintendo DS: Nintendo DS2 Could Arrive Later This Year?

Jesse Divnich, an analyst for EEDAR, claims that Nintendo will release the successor to the Nintendo DS this year to counter the ongoing threat of Apples iPhone and Sony’s PSP.

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.

If Nintendo follows the same game plan in 2010, the main reasons will probably not be the release of the PlayStation Portable Go, which is already shaping up to be a disappointment for Sony, but the continuing success of the Apple made iPhone, which is becoming an important platform for gaming on the go. Pushing out a DS2 handheld offering some kind of motion tracking and more multimedia capabilities might be a significant step in reassuring publishers and gamers that the DS still counts.

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7 comments

  1. How did the DS arrive any earlier than expected? Nintendo was hinting at it as early as mid 2003, the only surprising thing was how radically different it was from the Gameboy Advance.

  2. So they’re still making new models of the DS (DSI XL should be out in other countries soon)

    And, then they’re planning to release the next Hand held not long after that.
    Nintendo just seems to be in for the money-.-

    Not everyone wants to buy a gaming system if your just gonna bring out an updated one a few months later…

  3. Nintendo is sorta pulling an Apple here if this comes out this year. They release something new (DSi XL) only to put out something ten times better as soon as you get it.

  4. What is the point of releasing DS after DS? Maybe the money. Or maybe the problem that you can’t play GBA games on the DSi.

    I don’t get the point of the XL because the goal was to be small and portable. I can’t imagine using that huge pen!

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