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Nintendo to release Dual-Screened Portable Game Device; Nintendo DS

As the market for portable gaming quickly grows, new ideas and innovations always come forward, no matter how obscure or revolutionary they may be. Nintendo plans to release a dual-screened Gameboy style device by the end of 2004.

At first I thought the dual-screen would be great for head-to-head gaming, this might not be a bad idea for future systems. Although the Nintendo DS will be for single players only, this will allow them to manage their game progress from two different perspectives, enhancing both the speed and strategy of the challenge.

Not much was revealed on the new device today, the major features and benefits will be shown in full at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles in May. Once fully revealed, players will see innovative advances in game interaction.

“We have developed Nintendo DS based upon a completely different concept from existing game devices in order to provide players with a unique entertainment experience for the 21st century,” explains Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president.

The Nintendo DS features two separate 3-inch TFT LCD display panels, separate processors, and semiconductor memory of up to 1 Gigabit.

In addition to Nintendo-developed software, the company is in discussions with third-party game developers around the world.

Nintendo DS will be marketed separately from the company’s existing Nintendo Game Boy Advance portable system and Nintendo GameCube home console.



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