Nintendo announces Nintendo DS successor

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  • Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Nintendo Co., Ltd. has released an official statement announcing plans to release a new handheld system, tentatively given the name Nintendo 3DS. It is said to produce 3D effects without the need for glasses. The handheld is also backwards compatible with the library of Nintendo DS and DSi titles. Further details are set to be revealed at this year's E3, which will be held from June 15th to the 17th.

Official announcement

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch "Nintendo 3DS" (temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

"Nintendo 3DS" (temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed "Nintendo DS series", whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125 million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.

  -- Nintendo Co., Ltd.  

The Nintendo DS is the successor of the Game Boy Advance set of gaming systems, first released in 2004. Its notable feature is its pair of screens, one of which is a touch-sensitive. Two years after its launch, the Nintendo DS Lite, a slightly smaller version of the original DS, started to be sold. The Nintendo DSi soon followed in 2008. While this system is no longer capable of playing the Game Boy Advance games, it does allow players to download games via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, among other new features. In late 2009, a bigger DSi, the Nintendo DSi XL (known as the "Nintendo DSi LL" in Japan) was released.