So I know a lot of us are assuming, based on past experience, that the next generation will be on whatever Nintendo's next handheld is going to be. The Game Boy got Generation I, the Game Boy Color* got Generation II, the Game Boy Advance got Generation III, and the Nintendo DS got Generation IV. It makes sense to assume that the fifth generation will be on Nintendo's next handheld, right?
*Yes, I know that calling the Game Boy Color "the next handheld system" is a bit disingenuous. Can Gold/Silver/Crystal be played on a regular, non-color Game Boy, though?
Well, has anyone thought that the games might come out on the DS instead?
Think about it for a second. The DS is still selling phenomenally well - it's the number one selling console in Japan as of July 6th, according to Kotaku - and its games are doing really well. And it's not like there's only a small trickle of games coming out for it, either - in the near future, we've got Dragon Quest IX, the new Zelda game, the Gold/Silver remakes, more Professor Layton games, Mario & Luigi 3 (US), Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (US), and countless others.
The little two screen system still has plenty of life in it.
So if Nintendo looks at the DS and concludes that the system's going to be here for a while, why not put Generation V on the DS? Why wait around for the "next" system?
I'm not trying to say that that's how it's going to happen or that it's even likely, but it is at least possible.
What do you guys think?