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Nintendo: Next DS Will Have 'Ability To Read The Movements' Of Players
Nintendo: Next DS Will Have 'Ability To Read The Movements' Of Players
January 6, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

January 6, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander
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Nintendo is thinking next steps for its explosively successful handheld platform, as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata talks to Japanese media about what the successor to the Nintendo DS may look like.

"[It will have] highly detailed graphics, and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing," Iwata told Asahi Shimbun, as translated by consumer weblog Kotaku.

But Iwata also emphasized it's too early to discuss plans for the new hardware, as the extant DS hit all-time highs in 2009. For the time being, according to the report, Nintendo's focusing on adding more wireless hotspots for DS and expanding its partnership with McDonalds.

Beyond offering Nintendo wireless hotspots at McDonalds restaurants -- which is also done in the U.S. -- the partnership will offer users exclusive content from the restaurants' WiFi spots, like McDonalds quizzes and manga.

Iwata also told the Asahi Shimbun that Nintendo will be ready to show more on its Wii Vitality Sensor in July, aiming to launch it as soon as possible, and that the newest Legend of Zelda game will launch before the year 2010 is out.


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Uyiosa Iyamu
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I honestly, can't see any way to properly include motion control into a handheld besides the tilting gyroscopre control that they experimented with on some of the Game Boy games. That said, it will probably be 2 or 3 years away (or whenever Sony or another company announce a stronger competitor for the DSi) from a DS successor being put on the market.



Given that, we haven't seen anything for the new Zelda, I actually hope we don't see it until 2011, because the shorter development cycles that Nintendo has been working on lately haven't always translated into a quality game and the next Zelda may be the key to franchise going into the future.

A W
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Let the fake concept art for the DS successor begin.

A W
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"Iwata also told the Asahi Shimbun that Nintendo will be ready to show more on its Wii Vitality Sensor in July, aiming to launch it as soon as possible, and that the newest Legend of Zelda game will launch before the year 2010 is out. "



If Zelda comes out in 2010 then that will be a staple mark for Nintendo in and of itself. If not that statement should read "shown 2010 but slated for early 2011."



@Uyiosa



He said read the movements of the player, not interpreter motions from the player a la Wii-mote. Also if Sony hasn't been able to come up with a DSi killer now, there is nothing to make me believe that will be able to do it in the future. As it stands PSP Go was a ridiculous move on their part already.

E Zachary Knight
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@Uylosa,



Boy this is getting fun.



It looks like you live in some sort of cave. Perhaps you missed that little device called the iPhone. That little handheld electronics device has several methods of input: Touch Screen, Motion Sensor, Microphone and Camera. That are other things that can be used as well such as GPS location, wireless connection etc.



So including motion detection into the DS is not that far fetched of an idea.

Ian Uniacke
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Also there is stuff like warioware snapped on the dsi already which is kind of like eyetoy...doesn't work that great and probably not suitable for on the go, but maybe they have improved the technology in that direction.


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