January 6th, 2005, 10:03
While Sony and Microsoft used this year's Consumer Electronics Show to look to the future, Nintendo instead bathed happily in the reflected glory that their future has already arrived - and it is selling rather well, thankyouverymuch.[br][br]With 1.3 million of their clamshell DS consoles already delighting US gamers, the Japanese giant didn't seem that interested in unleashing any sensational secrets on the show floor. Relaxed US big cheese George Harrison commented, "Publishers and game players have only just begun to tap the potential of Nintendo DS. 2005 will continue the excitement we've experienced in 2004," before changing into a silk smoking jacket and retiring to his oak-panelled study. [br][br]While his rivals danced, shouted and juggled just to attract the attention of the world's media, Mr H preferred to point a weary finger at the 120 games that are already planned for DS, including Need for Speed Underground 2, WarioWare: Touched!, Pokemon Dash and Yoshi's Touch and Go.[br][br]But perhaps this seemingly low-key approach has worked: Nintendo also announced that the US snapped up another eight million GBAs during 2005 and that this still massively popular handheld has another 125 titles due for 2005, including WarioWare: Twisted, Mario Party Advance, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and Pokemon Emerald.[br][br]Just before dozing off in his opulent leather armchair, our George had just enough energy to confirm that 60 new Gamecube titles are also on the way this year, including Star Fox: Assault, Geist, Donkey Konga 2, Resident Evil 4 and (can it really be?) Killer 7.