a couple of weeks ago, Hong Kong based online retailer Lik-Sang claimed that Nintendo planned to announce a redesigned Nintendo DS on January 16th, 2005. this claim was met with denials from Nintendo's American & European branches.
NOA: "we have nothing to announce at this time."
NOE: "pure rumour and speculation."
January 16th passed uneventfully. 10 days later, this popped up on Nintendo Of Japan's website:
Lik-Sang got ONE DIGIT wrong in their date. the announcement happened on January 26th, rather than January 16th.
note to Nintendo: nice move, slick. way to piss off the customers who went ahead & bought the old design between the 16th and the 26th, based on your official "a sexier new model is not going to be announced soon" bullshitz.