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Nintendo DS Interview

by Michael Cole - January 21, 2004, 4:07 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Game Informer Online

Game Informer Online discusses Nintendo’s recent announcement with Beth Llewelyn.

Following yesterday’s intriguing revelation of the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo's rumored “third pillar” platform, Billy Berghammer of Game Informer Online talked with Beth Llewelyn, NOA’s Director of Public Relations. The interview reveals a handful of new tidbits along with clarification on what the system is and why it exists. Below are a few highlights:

Billy: Will the unit be backwards compatible with the Game Boy Advance or the Game Boy?

Beth: We haven’t announced anything about that, yet.

Billy: I also read that developers can use both screens as one if they so choose.

Beth: Yes, you can use the two screens as one big monitor. I think it’s one of those things that the developer will have the freedom to do what they want to do.

Billy: Will the screens be side-by-side, or vertical? Also, will the screens be set right next to each other or will they be separate, much like the classic Game & Watch designs?

Beth: The[y] will be in the vertical position.

Beth also confirmed that DS cartridges can store up to 1 Gigabit, or 128 Megabytes, of information, and that the hardware and its 1st and 3rd party software will be fully revealed at E3 2004. She neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of backwards compatibility with Game Boy games. To read more about Nintendo’s philosophy behind the system and why it was announced so early in the year, be sure to check out Game Informer’s full interview!

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