Nintendo 3DS hardware info updated

Some new details on the Nintendo 3DS have emerged, namely further hardware specifications. And it seems that instead of a single processor, as many previously expected, the new handheld console will sport twin ARM CPUs.

In fact, it's two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs, to be specific, as leaked by an anonymous source to IGN.com.

The same source also told the gaming site that the inner workings of the 3DS will include a 133MHz GPU, 4MB of dedicated VRAM, 64MB of RAM, and 1.5GB of flash storage - the latter being a huge leap up from 256MB on the DSi.

Clearly, this complies with the current train of thought that Nintendo wants to expand its online store, DSi Shop, and offer a wider range of software for download straight to the device.

IGN also claims that, with the new graphics processor, "numerous developers working on software for the platform have likened its graphical capabilities to current-generation consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, albeit on smaller, lower-resolution screens". So, perhaps we'll see a massive jump up in image quality for Nintendo DS games. Time will tell.

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