Analyst expect a DS successor within 15 months

Research firm EEDAR expects Nintendo to announce a successor to the system this year, and expects to see it on the market before summer of 2011.

“Nintendo has always had a controlling stake in the handheld market, despite facing numerous competitors, and EEDAR believes one of the biggest reasons for Nintendo’s success in the handheld market is their ability to remove opportunity gaps for competitors to enter,”  analyst Jesse Divnich says. “Nintendo’s transition from the GBA to the DS, a year earlier than anticipated, was a brilliant strategy to remove any upper hand the Sony PSP could have by being first to market.”

“Nintendo will launch a successor to the DS within the next 15 months, and likely announce such in the next eight months.”