Nintendo have announced that the Nintendo DS has received a redesigned look, ahead of it's European launch during the first quarter of 2005.

Nintendo DS - new design

The company have decided that the Nintendo DS codename should indeed stand as it's final official name, due to the fact that the DS means "dual screens" - a key feature of the handheld console.

A "slimmer, sharper look" has also been given to the DS since it was first revealed at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles earlier this year, and it now features a thinner, black base and an angular platinum
flip-top cover. Face buttons and shoulder buttons have also been made larger, along with a storage slot being added for the stylus, and a new stereo speaker.

The Japanese and American launch dates are expected to be in time for Christmas 2004, although we're going to have to wait until the new year and possibly as late as the end of March until the machine is released in the UK and across Europe.

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