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[17/05/05 18:59]
Ninty reveals its latest handheld to the world but insists it's 'not new technology'

We're live from Nintendo's pre-E3 conference, where the company has just announced Game Boy Micro, a new super-small handheld that plays Game Boy Advance games.

The device is four inches wide, two inches tall and 0.7 inches deep and weighs 2.8 ounces (about two-thirds the weight of an iPod Mini).

It features a control system comprising a D-pad and A and B buttons on the front of the machine, with smaller Start and Select buttons on the underside along with the usual shoulder buttons.

Despite its diminutive size, the device should bring a fresh look to GBA games, as Game Boy Micro boasts the brightest screen on a Nintendo handheld to date, not to mention some pleasant Xbox 360-esque interchangeable faceplates.

But Ninty does stress that this is not a successor to GBA or DS, stating that Game Boy Micro is "not new technology but a new look" for GBA.

George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications, says, "Game Boy Micro is for image-conscious folks who love videogames, the ones who want the look of their system to be as cool as the games they play on it."

Game Boy Micro will be released this autumn, although a price has yet to be announced.

The E3 show proper starts tomorrow, so expect loads more Nintendo news soon.

The E3 show proper starts tomorrow, so expect loads more Nintendo news soon.



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