Thursday, 2 October 2008


Nintendo has created the next DS calling it DSi, because it now has 2 cameras, music support, SD card slot... but without the GBA slot...

From BBC:

"Nintendo has confirmed it will start selling a new version of its handheld DS console in Japan this Christmas with a UK launch likely early next year.
The dual-screen Nintendo DSi will come with a camera, digital music player and improved wireless internet.
Thinner than the current model with a bigger screen, it will go on sale in Japan on 1 November 1 for 18,900 yen, or about £102.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said the new DS camera will let players edit photos using a basic paint programme and then share those files with friends.
Music feature
"We want our customers to individualise their Nintendo DSi," he said.
The music player will let users change the speed of the sound to slow down and speed up music and speech files stored on an external memory card.
Nintendo is close to overtaking Sony as the largest maker of video game systems in the world after three years of strong growth.
Its Wii console far outsells both Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360 in both Japan and the UK, according to research company VG Chartz.
In the handheld market, the DS is the leader with 81 million units shipped worldwide.
But in Japan, Nintendo has started losing out to Sony's rival Playstation Portable (PSP). Games magazine publisher Enterbrain reckons the PSP has now outsold the DS for five months in a row. "
From product reviews:

"We were right about the larger screen, 17 percent larger in fact. The screen is now 3.25 Inches. There is also a 3 megapixel camera. The DSi will also come with a SD memory card slot, as well as some enhancements to the audio.
The new Nintendo DSi is to feature a built-in-browser and a DSi shop. The DSi shop will work on a points system, when you purchase a new DSi, you will receive 1000 points to spend. As yet there are no pricing details on the new handheld games system."

Seems very promising for a new sleeker look- i would be happy walking around this gadget. The camera is certainly a bonus, wider screen, better audio, inegrated browser, media support... Although it doesn't have the GBA slot, who plays GBA games much anymore? Apart from those pokemon fans transferring pokemon from GBA to DS... that is me...

I would certainly get the new DSi if my DS ever broke or if i ever have the luxury to have two... I was actually recently thinking if Nintendo was going to make another Handheld.. guess they don't need to for a while...

But how much do they really cost..? More to come...

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