Motion Control On A New DS — How Might That Work?

An oblique reference to a DS successor helped turn Satoru Iwata's interview with Japan's leading newspaper into a full-on bombshell. Specifically, the Nintendo chief said such a device must be enabled for motion control. What could they be working on?

Motion control in a handheld is trickier proposition because, of course, you're manipulating the thing you're supposed to be watching. So offhand, an accelerometer seems like a no-brainer. And Shigeru Miyamoto himself referred to it as far back as 2004, before the original DS's debut.

An accelerometer would enable tilt-steering for a racing game, for example, plus shaking or waggle controls. It's not hard to imagine a game in which players tilt or flip their characters/vehicles/puzzle pieces back and forth across two screens.

But Iwata specifically told the Asahi Shimbun the device must have a sensor to "read the movements of people playing." Something like WarioWare: Snapped already uses the DSi's camera to recognise player motion independent of the device, through capturing a player's hand as a silhouette, for example. Maybe the DSi successor would improve that.

Finally, what will this thing be named? The DSe? The DS2? The DX? The Dii? Nintendo had some interesting working names for the DSi LL, maybe one of those could be recycled. The company would likely only break from the DS branding if it were a radically different device. Well, Iwata referred to successors of the handheld in dismissing speculation that Nintendo would not implement cellular functions or monthly service plans for connecting to a gaming service. And the DS is absolutely a proven winner. So something different sounds unlikely.

We've asked Nintendo for a clarification of their plans for a DS successor device, but haven't heard back yet. Until we hear something, let's put it to the mob: What can we expect to see? What DS franchises and hits can most benefit from motion controls? What does motion control on this platform offer that it doesn't on something like the iPhone - or even a console? We've got the rumour - let's start the speculation!


    im sick of this waggle bs! 90s gaming rocked.

    I hear you, we want more classics.

    The problem with motion controls in a handheld is, as WarioWare Twisted and the Yoshi game proved, that if you play in a turning car, centripetal force will twist the gyroscope, making it appear as though you are twisting it. The main place most people play their handhelds is in the car while on the go, so I think it's likely someone at Nintendo hasn't asked a logical person as to the feasability of motion control in a handheld.
    No denying it would work in many areas though, as the iPhone has proved, but there's an obvious downside. Only time will tell :D

    Maybe they'll continue with the DS due to its popularity while releasing the new handheld...

    I don't like this for two reasons.

    Firstly, I much prefer control pad games. I just feel that playing Wii games I tire quickly, and if I felt like physical movement, I'd play sports.

    Secondly, I love the assortment of consoles at the movement, and I despise change, so I dislike the concept of introducing the next generation (and honestly, aren't all of the current consoles evolving with comics, new controls, and DLC already?)

    Nintendo are gonna look like fools if they name the successor DS2. I mean what is DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL?

    Not like i'll buy it or a DS even - IF they are considering naming it that, don't! Do a re-vamp, its what you are pretty much known for.

    I think they will call it the Pii... (Portable Wii) :)


    That is all.

    SDS (super DS) or DSA (DS Advanced) SOmething like that probably.

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