Nintendo has officially announced the rumoured redesigned version of the Nintendo DS, the new "DS Lite" is more compact and should appear on Japanese shelves on 2nd March 2006.
This comes just a few days after Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton dismissed rumours of a new DS design saying, "we haven't got any plans at the moment - nothing I know of". Turns out Nintendo quietly added the pages to its Japanese website late last night -- or early this morning from where they are. Seems Lik-Sang.com were on the money with this one.
"DS Lite will come in at 133mm wide, 73.9mm high and 21.5mm deep, as compared to the proportions of the original DS which was 148.7mm wide, 84.7mm high and 28.9mm deep - which in real terms, means that it's 42 per cent smaller than the original DS."
The weight of the DS has also been shaved down around 50g to 215g in total. It's not been confirmed yet if the screens are in fact smaller than the original DS, we'll have to wait for the full specifications.
Noticeable changes are:
- 42% smaller, 20% lighter.
- The microphone will now be positioned between the two screens on the hinge.
- Power button has been moved to the side.
- Selectable brightness levels.
The new design certainly seems to reflect the Revolution style, the buttons and d-pad look very similar to those on the Revolution controller. Perhaps the DS will be used as a alternate controller on the upcoming console? Quite likely.
Nintendo will launch the new system in Japan on March 2nd, priced at 16,800 Yen (118 Euro); which is marginally higher than the general retail price of the existing DS console at present. There are currently no release dates set for North America or Europe.