Report: Nintendo dual touchscreen handheld launching in '09

Rumours, rumours, rumours

The Nintendo DS is currently enjoying chart-topping success in all territories, but you wouldn't know that from all the rumor mongering going on about its potential on-again, off-again redesign.

Wednesday, the rumors began anew following a post over at Kotaku.

Citing several "industry sources outside of Nintendo," Kotaku reported that Nintendo is working on an updated Nintendo DS with slightly bigger screens that will both feature touch. The rumored release date for such a device is an ambiguous "early next year."

This news, while fascinating, is nothing new. As GamePro has documented several times in the past, rumors have arisen constantly throughout 2007 and 2008 about the handheld, and every time Nintendo has met them with a stern denial. This was the case Wednesday as well, with GameIndustry reporting the Big N flat out branding any DS talk over at Kotaku as "rumor and speculation" at best.

And until we see kids, grandparents and cooking mamas with a dual touchscreen DS in hand, GamePro will treat it that way, too.