Nintendo has announced that the next generation of its handheld console line will boast better graphics, as might be expected, and motion sensitivity.
The word comes from an interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, translated by gaming blog Kotaku, which quotes the head of the gaming giant as having said, “[It will have] highly detailed graphics, and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing.” Interesting stuff indeed, though we’ll be curious to see just how well motion sensitivity works when the screen is on the device being moved…
The next-generation Nintendo handheld is also rumoured to be based on Nvidia’s Tegra, though for now there’s been no official confirmation of that fact. Still, that does mesh neatly with Iwata’s claim that the device will have ‘highly detailed graphics,’ with the tegra having proved itself very capable in the mobile space already.
We’ll be very interested to see what form the next handheld from Nintendo takes. The fact is that the company has been telling anyone who’ll listen since the launch of the DS that the DS and DSi aren’t, by any means, the successors to the GameBoy line, and that the company has been toying with the idea of a return to the GameBoy for a while.
Of course, the problem now is that Nintendo has managed to build a massive amount of brand recognition with the DS’s massive popularity. A return to the “GameBoy” name now could very well leave it with less recognition among its core DS users, some of whom will literally never have heard of or seriously considered a GameBoy.