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Nintento pushing "play" on new DS console

A woman looks at Nintendo Co's game software titles at an electronic shop in Tokyo's Akihabara district January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

TOKYO (Hollywood Reporter) - Nintendo plans to release a new model of its portable DS gaming console with a camera, music player and high-speed WiFi capabilities by the end of 2008.

The new model would go on sale for less than 20,000 yen ($185), Japan’s leading business newspaper, The Nikkei, said Sunday.

Nintendo spokesperson Yasuhiro Minagawa said that the Kyoto-based company is “always trying to surprise people and expand the gaming market, but would not confirm details about any new model.

Although the DS already is the best-selling portable console ever -- with 80 million units worldwide -- and looks likely to beat the 100 million-unit console record set by Sony’s PlayStation 2, the DS has, in the past six months, been outsold by the PlayStation Portable in Japan.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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