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Nintendo DS 2 Now Being Tested by Developers?

Despite the massive installed base for the Nintendo DS, progress is inevitable and the games company has reported delivered early development kits that are targeted to the next-generation portable machine.

CVG calls it the DS2 – a name that is likely to change – and reports that a handful of select developers in Japan have the trial kits from Nintendo. The largest of the bunch is supposedly the Pokemon Company, which would make sense given that the Pokemon franchise is absolutely gangbusters on all Nintendo portable systems.

While it's natural that the new platform will have better graphics and sound, the real standout feature is the supposed addition of a tilt motion sensor – similar to that of an iPhone.

"It's genuinely the best thing I think I've ever worked with," said the source. "I can tell you that it's got a 'tilt' function that's not dissimilar to iPhone, but does a lot more. We know that The Pokemon Company are getting special attention with it."

This is the first we've heard that the DS successor would have a motion sensor. Nintendo Japan president Satoru Iwata was quoted as saying that the next portable would have "highly detailed graphics, and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing." That validity of that quote, however, was later contested by Nintendo.