Thanks to 1UP for its article covering a new interview with former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi
, as he discusses the recently announced
DS portable and the state of Nintendo as a whole. In particular, the article notes: "The DS represents a critical moment for Nintendo's success over the next two years, Yamauchi said -- 'if it succeeds, we rise to the heavens, if it fails, we sink into hell.' His hope, and Nintendo's mission, is to spread new gameplay through this device and re-energize the games market in both Japan and the rest of the world."
Apparently, it was the 76-year-old Yamauchi "...who first proposed the concept of games employing a dual-screen device about 18 months ago"
, and elsewhere, Game Science has coverage of largely enthusiastic comments from Japanese developers on the DS
, ranging from the positive ("It's exciting hardware for both makers and users
) to the guarded ("A machine with two screens is going to be quite a high hurdle for developers to get over."