A Pacific Crest Securities analyst recently mused that Nintendo is well positioned to introduce yet another hardware revision for their DS portable. According to the report, the new DS could potentially by even thinner than the Lite, featuring "on-board storage" and more importantly even larger dual screens. However, this rumored DS revision would lose GameBoy Advance backwards compatibility as a result of the updated feature set.
"Our contacts indicate that a refreshed DS is complete," [Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson] said today in his holiday preview investor's note. "It is thinner (it has no GBA port), has on-board storage, and larger screens. However, we do not expect a revamped Wii or DS until sales begin to tail off in all three major geographies."
Nintendo naturally is stepping forward to downplay any short-term realization of such a project. Even Pacific Crest Securities admitted itself that the company is in no rush to introduce a new DS revision "until sales begin to tail off" in its major markets. In other words, don't expect to see a new DS anytime soon regardless of whether or not Nintendo actually has one ready for backup somewhere.