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 Feb 28, 2005 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* New DS coming this year?

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Word on the street is that even with the DS available, Nintendo may be pushing a new Game Boy out by the end of this year.

But a new hardware launch would help keep Nintendo top of mind with consumers during the holiday season. Sony will be heavily promoting the PSP as December draws near ? and Microsoft is expected to launch the next version of its Xbox gaming system this fall. Without a new device, Nintendo could easily be overshadowed.

There's also the real threat of piracy with the current generation of Game Boys. Although piracy of GBA games has not been a major problem in North America, the company has seen a dramatic rise of digital theft in the Asia-Pacific region. The cartridges used for GBA cards are fairly easy for hackers to crack and the games are often posted online. The DS, which uses flash memory cards, has not had the same problems, writes McNealy.
Piracy questions aside, I wonder whether another new Game Boy is really a great idea, especially since it would then be a direct competition with the DS rather than a complement like the GBA currently is.

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