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Nintendo DS Launch

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Samurai, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. Samurai


    Sep 13, 2003
    I can't wait.


    Official Nintendo DS Launch Details
    Nintendo of America reveals all. Release date and price!

    September 20, 2004 - Today, Nintendo finally broke the news on the Nintendo DS system.

    The Nintendo DS, it's upcoming dual-screen handheld system, will launch in North America on November 21st for a retail price of $149.99.
    PictoChat, the software program that enables DS owners to sent text and pictures wirelessly to nearby DS systems, will be embedded in the system hardware. The DS system will spring to life out of "sleep mode" if it senses any other systems in the area, giving gamers the opportunity to chat spontaneously with each other.

    More than 100 companies have signed on to create games for Nintendo DS, while Nintendo itself is already developing its first 20 titles. Electronic Arts' Madden NFL, The URBZ: Sims in the City, Need for Speed Underground, Tiger Woods and GoldenEye are being made for the system. The complete lineup of games planned for the launch of Nintendo DS will be announced in the near future.

    Nintendo has confirmed that the system will be backward compatible with Game Boy Advance games, but will not support system-link multiplayer in GBA games due to the DS' lack of link cable port.

    Nintendo chose the United States to lead the worldwide launch of Nintendo DS because of overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic reaction from consumers and to take advantage of the holiday sales season. After the subsequent launch in Japan, the system will be available in Europe and Australia in the first quarter of 2005.

    "Nintendo's mission remains unchanged: expand the game experience," says Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. "Nintendo DS is the road map to the future of video games, and most clearly demonstrates the type of innovation that players demand."
  2. Damn Straight.

    I was kinda worried about Nintendo. But good to see theyre in good shape.. Can't wait till it hits our shores :hyper:
  3. Samurai


    Sep 13, 2003
    Actually Nintendo has been doing great. Game Boy Advance is the top system right now by a long shot, then PS2, then GameCube, with X-Box trailing a behind them all.
  4. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I don't think I'll get one, mainly because I was never a very big fan of portable gaming. But the wireless stuff *is* awesome. It's shame that the backwards compatibility with GBAs doesn't enable linked games, it'd be neat if you could get a bluetooth add-on for the GBA to enable that.

    Sony's PSP probably won't compete, unless it sells for less.
  5. Sony i think will compete very well. Simply because they have an excellent range of Titles. It has worked for them twice Ps1 & 2.

    I'm not sure globally. but sales here for the Gamecube didnt compete with the PS2. GBA kicks complete ass tho! :D
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    um...the GBA has the most titles of any system because it's compatible with GB games, the DS can play GBA and GB games as well as new DS games. No competition there. Sony doesn't have a legacy product to latch onto this time, they are going to need to rely on good games and price. But chances are nintendo will lower the price soon enough, leaving sony out of luck.

    However, the one piece of technology that sony has in it's favor are mini dvds for the PSP, I think that's brilliant for a portable system, I'm surprised nintendo isn't using it, but then again, flash memory has gotten so huge, that it might not be an issue.
  7. Samurai


    Sep 13, 2003
    The PSP is going to be really, really expensive.
  8. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    yea, I heard that it's expected somewhere between $150 and $300, if that's the case, sony can forget about it.
  9. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    yeah, i don't think the psp will be very competitive.

    although there haven't been any major games announced for either (except for a mario and metroid for DS), i just don't know about whether quality games will be released on the psp. the metal gear related game is just a metal gear version of something kind of lame. forget which. not quite rock paper scissors, but that's the idea.

    i'm not to sure whether i'll get a DS (plus, wasn't nintendo gonna change the name?), but we'll see...
  10. Actually yeah your right. The amount of Titles on the GBA line was pretty huge.. So in theory it would do very well.

    However i still stand by the fact that Gamecube (in australia at least) didnt do so well because of the poor marketing.. And the lack of titles..

    umm i think.
  11. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I think one of the biggest reasons the GC didn't do to well(compared to PS2) is because it didn't have a DVD player. Seriously, I can't think of a "which game system should I get" discussion that didn't have "well, the PS2 has a DVD player, and it can play PS1 games" in it. Additionally, how many kids were able to convince their parents to get them a PS2 over a GC because of it's DVD player?

    Sure, Xbox can play DVDs, but it was also released after GC and PS2 it was more expensive, and it wasn't an established brand yet.

    GC has some amazing games, some of the best console games around, but PS2 just had everything that PS1 had and then some, which people like.

    Nintendo would be really smart to use standard DVDs in their next system, and enable the system to read GC discs.
  12. From what I read, the DS is being released in North America before Japan. I wonder what that's all about.
  13. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    As far as I know, people have stopped purchasing consoles on what the console can do, but rather what games it has available.
  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    That may be true now, but when the PS2 was first released, DVD players weren't exactly everywhere, and that was the beginning of the next gen wars, where, in the early stages it WAS about what they could do, because there were so few games around...etc.
  15. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Great post.

    I'm a huge GB fanatic -- I've got a GB, GB Pocket, GBC, GBA, and a GBA SP. I got the GBA for Christmas, and bought the SP as my first "Oh my god, I have a job, and thus, money!" expendeture. I got the GB about 12 years ago, GB pocket in grade 6, and GBC in grade 8. I loves my gameboys.

    I'm gonna be all over the DS...eventually. The price is gonna have to come down a bit, but I'm really pleased they're doing the backwards compatability thing AGAIN. Woo!
  16. Only


    Sep 8, 2002
    Warrensburg, MO
    I've seen a bunch of the stuff about the DS that make me not want one. At all.

    Everything mentioned in Samurai's post is awesome, and sounds GREAT, but I think the double screens are a gimmick, and not a particularly nifty one. It just means that now you have to take your eyes off the action and refocus them to look at your inventory, map, etc, and it's a screen that's easier to smudge with your hands.

    Also, Wrong Robot is right. The DVD player and backwards compatatbility are exactly why I chose the PS2 over the Cube or Xbox...Although I did eventually buy an Xbox too.

    And I just got Xbox Live today...Anyone else on there? My Friends list is still empty...
  17. Samurai


    Sep 13, 2003
    The PSP doesn't play mini DVD's, it has a new format, UMD's, which are disks in a case, like what mini disk players use. If you want to watch a movie on it or listen to music you have to buy the exact PSP disk of it. Also, it might have very short battery life. Most people are concerned with it's durability, as spinning disk players are fragile, it has an analog stick which always get worn out, and the screen doesn't have a cover. The price is estimated to be more like $300 - $400, which is probably close to true as the DS was predicted to be around $150.
  18. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I was under the impression that UMDs were proprietary type of DVD, similar technology, hence why I said DVDs.
  19. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    it is something of a gimmick, but the whole pictachat/wireless thing is too cool!
  20. Only


    Sep 8, 2002
    Warrensburg, MO
    Yeah, but what kind of pictures are you going to send? Your top score screen for a game so your buddy ten feet away can try and beat it?

    It's not like the thing has an integrated camera so you can TAKE pictures. It looks like it just has an MS Paint clone.