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Nintendo's motion-sensing handheld is real

In MagKid, a new Nintendo motion sensor translates real-world tilting into onscreen action

Just days after we speculated that Nintendo might be bringing motion-sensitivity to the handheld gaming arena , we hear that the mystery device may well be a just-launched DS Lite add-on available now in Japan.

According to the games experts at UK site SPOnG , Nintendo quietly released something called the 'DS Slide Controller' just a few days ago. The device, available only in Japan, incorporates at least some of the motion-sensing features the recent patent described.

Adventure included

The Slide Controller costs ¥5,800 (£24) and comes with a puzzle-style game called ' MagKid, Slide Adventure '. When attached to the DS Lite it translates real-world tilting into onscreen action.

According to the MagKid website, there are three different actions possible using the Slide Controller. These are: circular motion that generates a 'power-up' action, side-to-side zigzagging for navigating mazes or avoiding enemies and rapid jerks for attacking opponents.

Multiplayer action is also a feature. It allows up to four DS Lite owners to compete against each other in mini games, such as pool and fishing.

Although the games look pretty simple in the various videos on the MagKid website, only a fool would doubt that Nintendo has hit upon another winning formula.