The rumors may actually be true: it looks like Nintendo will be releasing a new model of DS by year’s end, at least in Japan. It will apparently feature camera and media player functions, which is all well and good. But as I already have a pretty freaking great camera (my girlfriend gave me her old Nikon D70 as a hand-me-down) and I’m up to my eyeballs in iPods, this has no use for me.
But the bigger screen…that’s intriguing. But not as much as the possibly apocryphal SD card-based data-swapping with Wii. If Nintendo could somehow combine these two possible elements to create a portable extension to Virtual Console, allowing me to relocate Wii-purchased VC titles and play them in proper resolution on, say, a 320×240 screen…well. I’d really have no choice.
Luckily, Nintendo has no idea how to cater to my tastes anymore, so it looks like my wallet’s safe. Whew.