updated 03:10 pm EDT, Wed October 1, 2008
New DS May Show Tomorrow
A known Nintendo event scheduled tomorrow is said to include a redesigned DS handheld, according to MCV. Reportedly coming from an "impeccable" source, the report asserts that the camera-equipped DS will be announced at the event and will also include built-in music playback. Whether the change will include extra features or a cosmetic redesign isn't known at this stage, though multiple past claims have suggested Nintendo may scrap the legacy GBA slot for cost and size reasons.
An updated DS would represent the second refresh since the portable game system was launched in late 2004 but is widely thought to be prompted by the sluggish performance of the DS in Japan, where the PSP has fared much better than in North America in recent months in part thanks to its built-in media playback and the addition of Skype and communication add-ons.
Announcing the new DS at the Tokyo Game Show would imply a release before the end of the year and corroborate initial leaks, which also floated a sub-$200 price point.