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    Nintendo DSi Coming soon

    Post by Lelouch on 19/02/09, 11:55 am

    If you didint notice there will be a new system that is developed by Nintendo called
    Nintendo DSi

    The Nintendo DSi is the third iteration of the Nintendo DS handheld. The handheld was first announced during the Nintendo Conference on October 2, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. It is currently only available in Japan and will be released in the United States on April 5, 2009, It will be released in Australia on April 2, 2009, in the European Union on April 3 and elsewhere during the first half of 2009.

    During their Fall Press Conference today, Nintendo have - as expected - announced a new version of the Nintendo DS. Called the Nintendo DSi, it eschews the GBA slot (boo!) in favour of a slight downsizing (it's a little thinner) and a range of improvements. The handheld's screens have been enlarged, and will now be 17% bigger (at 3.25 inches) than those found on the DS Lite. As for the rumoured additions, both have proven to be correct, with "audio enhancements" made to the handheld, while it will also now include a .3 megapixel (640x480) camera. And that's just the start of it.

    The DSi also features an SD memory card slot, making it possible to take pictures with the DSi and then view them on the Nintendo Wii. The DSi features a built-in browser, and it's possible to download games and keep them on the DSi.

    The DSi will be released in Japan on November 1. It will retail for ¥18,900 (USD$180), and will be available in two colours, white and black. It will be released in other markets sometime "next year".


    According to the good chaps over at Joystiq (and, you know, Nintendo), you can get your grubby mitts all over the DSi in North America come April 5th. The system will launch for $169.99, will include all the goodies you've been reading about -- like those dual cameras and downloadable content called DSiWare (starting at the totally mysterious price point of 200 DSi Points). The handhelds will come in either blue or black, and while we can't quite explain why they've omitted white, we can be pretty sure we'll see some more colors join the fray before too long. Anyhow, this is Nintendo, so remember: it's never too early to get in line.

    1. Music!

    The DSi has a pretty snazzy audio player and recorder that has some bells and whistles your MP3 player probably doesn't. You can alter the pitch and speed (the latter of which makes lengthy podcasts a bit speedier), as well as add a bunch of neat effects like echoes, reverse play, instrumental only, and 8-bit tunes. You haven't heard "Any Way You Want It" until it's sounded like an NES game. And if you want to just listen to music, the DSi's good for that too. If you're listening to music when you close the DSi, it'll keep playing as long as you've got headphones attached.
    2. Photos!

    If you've ever messed around with the iPhoto program on a Macbook, you'll probably dig what Nintendo's doing with the DSi's dual cameras. You can stretch a photo, much like Mario's face in Super Mario 64, as well as play with a bunch of cool picture modes like color mode, wherein you take a black and white picture and reveal colors by tapping on different parts of the pic. Mischief mode adds things like moustaches and glasses to your picture. Merge allows you to morph two different headshots, while frames lets you create custom image templates. One bizarre one was someone else's head with the eyes cut out so we could insert our own peepers! Creepy. And if you've got a weird pic to send to a nearby friend, you can do it over local wireless!

    3. Downloads!

    With Wi-Fi and a dedicated memory slot, Nintendo is finally allowing the DSi to enter the wonderful world of downloadable games. We got to try three tiny but tremendous downloadable games that will hopefully head stateside. Puro was based off an old Wario Ware microgame. In Puro, you control a small bird who has to eat falling beans before they hit the ground. Speaking of Wario Ware, that series had its own DSiWare iteration, wherein you have to strike wacky poses. And finally, there's Decode, which is bar none the best math game ever. All you have to do is switch and flip numbers (for example, a 2 into a 5) until you line up a bunch that add up to ten. It's more difficult -- and fun -- than you'd think.

    4. Design!

    Pictures don't do the DSi justice. While it's not the marked improvement of the DS Lite over the original bulky model, the DSi is sleek, the buttons have been moved around for better layout and ergonomics, and best of all, the portable has a matte finish that would make the PSP green with envy. Inside the system, the UI has been made over to look more like the Wii. You can drag and drop games and tools like you would on the Wii or iPhone. It's a definite improvement.
    5. Storage!


    With an SD storage slot, the DS's biggest weakness has been remedied. You can store music, movies and games, and, hopefully, can download firmware updates so that the DSi can keep up with the times. With all the improvements the DSi offers over the original, you might be tempted to, too.



    Sources

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/159763/five_reasons_why_the_nintendo_dsi_rocks.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_DSi

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/18/nintendo-dsi-to-launch-on-april-5th/

    http://kotaku.com/5057870/nintendo-announce-new-ds-the-nintendo-dsi

    http://www.nintendo-dsi.org/
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    Re: Nintendo DSi Coming soon

    Post by BALIstik916 on 20/02/09, 08:55 pm

    In my opinion, PSP has always had the edge over DS in terms of firmware and having more software capability and stuff, but DS has always had WAY better games than PSP. The DSi looks like it's gonna close the gap between itself and the PSP in terms of software and as long as they keep puttin out killer games, it sounds like a definite buy.
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    psp is better

    Post by TnTzDaOnE on 20/02/09, 08:58 pm

    [b] Balistic is right. DS is just trying to copy PSP now.
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    Re: Nintendo DSi Coming soon

    Post by Noisedarkdan on 21/02/09, 02:34 am

    so is this better then the lite because i still have orginal ds still and want to upgrade
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    Re: Nintendo DSi Coming soon

    Post by BALIstik916 on 21/02/09, 02:56 am

    Noisedarkdan wrote:so is this better then the lite because i still have orginal ds still and want to upgrade

    Same, I have the original DS and its starting to crap out on me. Sometimes it randomly freezes in the middle of games. Crying or Very sad

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    Re: Nintendo DSi Coming soon

    Post by sm3xymonkey on 21/02/09, 11:58 am

    I have a Nintendo DSi Its okay I guess but I cant play my R4 in it... So I just show it off to people Very Happy
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    Re: Nintendo DSi Coming soon

    Post by itsclearlydavid on 25/02/09, 12:05 am

    Nintendo IMO has a notorious habit of milking a product until people just completely ignore.
    Take the GBA for example, they release the original, then the sp, and then we all know what happened to the micro. i fear they may do the same with the DS.
    What makes it all worse is they end up charging the same or more for hardware that was outdated when it came out.
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    Re: Nintendo DSi Coming soon

    Post by Ace on 25/02/09, 05:19 pm

    im not gonna buy it...i dont like that you cant play gba games on it
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    Re: Nintendo DSi Coming soon

    Post by BALIstik916 on 01/03/09, 06:07 pm

    hey guys if you want to hear some more analysis/discussion of the DSi, listen to my podcast at www.theTGEshow.com , episode #2 will be uploaded later this evening and we're going to be discussing the DSi today!

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