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From CNN:

 

http://money.cnn.com/2005/02/28/commentary/game_over/column_gaming/index.htm

 

While Nintendo's next generation console gaming system likely won't hit living rooms until 2006, that doesn't mean the company won't introduce new hardware this year. A new analyst report suggests the company is planning to ship the next version of the Game Boy portable gaming system by the end of 2005.

 

Official confirmation of the new Game Boy could come as early as March 10, when Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is scheduled to give a keynote speech entitled "The Heart of a Gamer" at the upcoming Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco.
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I saw this reported too. It read more like a re-designed SP might be more likely than a next generation device. I'm sure there is a next-gen handheld deep in development but it would be shocking to see it released this year.

 

It's also interesting that this speculation is based only on financial info -and not much else.

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I wouldn?t be surprised to see an GBA SP ver.2 out before Xmas. A nice backlit screen like the DS, maybe extended battery life and wireless multiplayer capabilities. If I didn?t have a DS it would certainly pique my interests.

 

I wouldn?t expect an actual nex-gen handheld from Nintendo for another year or two.

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I ve difficulty believing Nintendo would release a successor to GameBoy so soon after releasing the DS. In fact, I don't believe it. Why would they release yet another handheld when they already have two on the market? It just doesn't make sense to me.

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I ve difficulty believing Nintendo would release a successor to GameBoy so soon after releasing the DS. In fact, I don't believe it. Why would they release yet another handheld when they already have two on the market? It just doesn't make sense to me.

 

Same here. I clicked on this thread expecting the first post to read "January 14, 2004" or something.

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I can certainly see Ninty releasing "GameBoy SP v2" just in time for Christmas. It fits their modus operandi perfectly with the Gameboy hardware.

 

With the consoles they seem to release a hardware platform to facilitate software purchases. With Nintendo's handhelds it feels like they release hardware more to make money directly. I don't know, I like my gameboy advance SP, it just doesn't feel like I get my money's worth. That is a big reason why I didn't get the DS. If it weren't for Metroid Prime 2 and Resident Evil 4, I'd feel the same way about the gamecube and the Revolution.

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GameBoyAdvance SPv2, with built-in wireless, better battery life, built-in headphones adaptor is what I'd expect... I think Spong et al are off the mark with the V-Pocket, I think it's likely to be a videoplayback cartridge.

 

With Nintendo's handhelds it feels like they release hardware more to make money directly. I don't know, I like my gameboy advance SP, it just doesn't feel like I get my money's worth. That is a big reason why I didn't get the DS.

 

Oh I agree completely. The constant revisions of the GB platform really piss me off - get it right the first time, please!

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I re-read the McNealy report about why he expects a new GBA this year. Chief among his thinking is that Nintendo wants to combat the rampant piracy seen in Asia with the current GBA. If that's really a concern wouldn't that likely require a new software medium?

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