Nintendo TS announced, to be launched in 2007

Posted on Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM EST by: Hairball

There was a time when one screen was enough, two screens on the Nintendo DS was surprising to some, but how about a three-screened portable handheld system?

The answer is now here. Nintendo TS (Tri-Screen) will allow you to be in take in portable gaming in a way that has never been done before, allowing three dimensions of play simultaneously.

In a press conference today, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata along with Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto announced the Nintendo TS system, which will be released in Spring 2007, a set release date has yet to be announced.

"The brand new Nintendo TS will allowing your multitasking soul to take control, with decreasing amounts of free time from school or work commitments today in the 21st century, along with ever growing lists of rehashed releases along, gamers will need to be able to play more in less time, this is what makes the Nintendo TS a necessity in the market," Iwata remarked.

Nintendo has always taken a lead in video game hardware development, with innovative products such as the Nintendo DS featuring a touch screen and Wi-fi access currently on the market.

The hardware in the Nintendo TS will very similar in what is currently in the Nintendo DS, allowing for easy conversion of existing games to the new system. The TS will support all previous DS games; however it will not support Game Boy Advance games, due to hardware constraints.

No games have been announced as of yet, but however Miyamoto suggested that the TS may launch with a Super Mario game. "It is essential for our future video game systems to have a strong launch title, a brand-new innovative Mario game is always something we will be considering", said Miyamoto.

The system design retains a touch screen, and the use of a stylus pen. The major change is the addition of another display onto the system.

The additional screen can be used in one of two ways. It can be either used to play an additional game at the same time, or further simulating 3D play, with one display for each eye, similar to the Virtual Boy system, which was released in 1995.

When asked about the upcoming Nintendo DS Lite, which is a redesign of the current DS system, and the Nintendo TS being in works, Iwata responded that Nintendo is constantly trying out new products to see how the market response is.

Another addition is the possibility of supporting a wireless controller on the new Nintendo TS. The existing GameCube Wireless Wavebird controller can be connected to the TS, allowing for more precise gaming; however this has yet to be confirmed.

More details will be released at this year's E3 convention from May 10-12, 2006.

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Source: Nintendo Press Release
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