Nintendo has announced its next major portable console and successor to the DS: the Nintendo 3DS. The company gave few details in its Japanese press release, but there's just enough information to excite anyone interested in the platform – and there are plenty of you out there, with 125 million DS units purchased as of last December.

The "Nintendo 3DS" is reportedly just a temporary name, but it accurately depicts what might be the device's biggest feature: it supports 3D effects without the need for any special glasses. Its hardware will be backwards compatible with both the DS and DSi software, which indicates that the 3DS will have two screens, with at least one being touch-sensitive.

Nintendo will offer a closer look at the 3DS at E3 this June, and the handheld should ship before the end of March 2011. Leave your wild conjectures and tender aspirations in the comments below.