E-books coming to Nintendo DS?

Buried deep in the pages of Nintendo's latest financial report is the announcement of a new game for later this year: the mysterious-sounding DS Novel

Buried deep in the pages of Nintendo's latest financial report is the announcement of a new game for later this year: the mysterious-sounding DS Novel. Cue frenzied speculation that this is an English-language version of home market best-selling DS cart Bungaku Zennshuu – one hundred classic works of Japanese literature.

Given Ninty's enthusiasm for expanding its dinky gaming handheld into new territory – just recently the DS has added web browsing and MP3 playback to its repertoire – the move would seem natural.

However, the idea of ploughing through all 286,956 words of, say, Charles Dickens' handily out-of-copyright Our Mutual Friend on the console's 3in screen seems a little daunting. We might find out just how much later this year...

Essentials

DS Novel

Price: £TBA

On sale: TBA

Contact: Nintendo