Nintendo DSi

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“There have been some rumors of a new DS Lite model coming out, and they have been confirmed to be true. The “DSi” , as it’s called, was announced to be released in Japan on November 1st, 2008 for 18,900 Yen…and has been given a vague 2009 release date elsewhere. The unit will be 2.6 millimeters lighter, and both screens have been increased to 3.25 inches. Now, onto the interesting stuff.

Before you get your hopes up, let me get the bad news over with. No doubtedly to save on memory space for some new features, the DSi can no longer play GBA games. Instead, the DSi will have an audio and camera functionality. Not much has been said about the audio, save that both the pitch and playback speed of sound can be adjusted, but the camera will contain 300,000 pixels, and pictures taken will be viewable on the Wii photo channel. You can also alter the photos using the touch screen.

The DSi will now be able to download software from the DSi Shop using points, with titles being placed into Free, 200, 500, and Premium (800) categories. You can take games you’ve downloaded to the DSi with you. DSis that connect by March, 2010 will receive 1,000 points as a gift. Also, “Wii points” will be renamed “Nintendo Points” .


I think this would be good and bad at the same time. As you know you can’t play any Game Boy Advanced games on there anymore. Which I think, is ridiculous because that’s half of the reason Nintendo DS is so useful. But it could be useful with the bigger screen and all, well, if you know, your a graphic lover. And the DSi Shop sounds interesting, but yet another thing that is deeply flawed due to having to buy your own games just like the “Virtual Console”. But nonetheless, this might be an improvement.

~Shadow Luigi

7 Responses to “Nintendo DSi”

  1. hmm.. my gba doesnt work anymre so my ds gets its use from the gba slot.. i wouldnt want a new version.

  2. It doesn’t seem to be much of a good idea on Nintendo’s part. Seriously, there’s very little improvement to the DS, since most of the stuff on it is available through homebrew and other Nintendo stuff, plus many carry cameras around with them if their phone doesn’t take pictures either.

    So, yeah. Probably won’t get.

  3. It’s really quite pathetic why they did that. Why with the no GBA slot and all, if you were to put your headphones in, it only makes GBA games more easier and fun…to play.

    And a built in Camera…I don’t see the real point of that either. People who play games really have no real use of those. Unless they are photographing. -_-‘

  4. i heard there gonna region lock the games for it -_- thats half of what made gba/ds fun

  5. I was just thinking about that the other day. Eh, what if people who know Japanese want to play an Japanese game on it? They wouldn’t be able to. I’m not buying that for 1 cent.

  6. or people (like me) who import them and use text translations

  7. Perhaps… 😆 Nonetheless, it’s irritating why they did that.

    The whole fact in general why they took away the Game Boy Advance Slot was a horrible…horrible idea.

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