UPDATE! Official Nintendo DS-i Announcement

[Editors Update 9/6: New Rumors About the New Nintendo DS!]

Analyst Michael Pachter had this to say about the possible early launch this year of Nintendo’s top secret new portable console system.

“We think that the timing of a new product introduction will depend upon the sales profile for the DS, and believe that lower than expected DS hardware sales could trigger an earlier launch for the new device.”

“DS sales are solid worldwide, but are weak in Japan, leading us to expect an introduction of a new device in Japan before the end of the calendar year.”

“We think that Nintendo has a new handheld device ready for launch in [Japan] before the end of the calendar year.”