It's the same ol' Nintendo. Recently, Nintendo stated they would be bringing out a "revolutionary product
" that would be "unlike anything else on the market." They also claimed it would not be a "game system." Liars.
Now, within a day of the announcement, thousands of people screamed "Virtual Boy
." Now, regardless of your thoughts on Nintendo's one major gaming console flub (one which I personally still find enjoyable), at least the VB had some positive press before it was unveiled. This "DS" thingy has had none. In an interview exclusive to IGN (which I can't find now), one of Nintendo's higher up's said the screens will be vertical in alignment. Huh?
If the screens were side-by-side, I can almost see them being used for more than just gimmick games. Anyone who's gotten their hands on an N-Gage will tell you that while the screen pumps out a gorgeous picture, it's vertical alignment is a mess. Think about classic arcade games like X-Men or Ninja Warriors that used multiple screens, all together horizontally. They could even be used for a "widescreen" style effect. Think about a football game where you could actually see your wide receievers before the play starts! Nope, instead we'll be able to "zoom in on a specific player." Wow.
Of course, with 2 processors (one for each screen!) and 2 large screens, how portable can this thing possibly be? Even with a rechargeable battery like the current GBA, I can't imagine something like this lasting more than a hour or two. In an even dumber move, the console won't be backwards compatible with any of Nintendo's other software. It will be completely on it's own. Almost everyone knows the Game Boy has been continually succesful mostly because of it's compatibility with previous editions. Note that this is NOT a replacement for the current Game Boy or the Gamecube, but a 3rd system tossed into the mix when we don't need one.
Yes, I will most likely buy one when it's finally released at the end of the year (and that's if they stick to their release date which is a rare occurence). I'm a gamer, it's what I do. Does that mean that I have to be estatic about it? Not at all. I'm really not even that eager to see this thing when it's announced at E3. This one has gimmick written all over it.