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THE NEW NINTENDO DS i -You won’t be able to upgrade your original DS or DS Lite to the new DSi experience.

By • Apr 13th, 2009 • Category: ! Product News, Electronic & Electric

THE NEW NINTENDO DS i -You won’t be able to upgrade your original DS or DS Lite to the new DSi experience.

Just four and a half years after its initial release, the Nintendo DS has sold more than 100 million units worldwide, solidifying itself as the best-selling portable video game console of all time. Even the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), which is widely regarded as a commercial success, has only reached around 50 million in sales.

The Nintendo DSi is the third iteration of the DS, which was originally released in November 2004. In June 2006, the company refreshed the system in the form of the DS Lite, which dramatically changed the device’s overall design and vastly improved screen performance. By far the most significant changes to the DSi, aside from the cameras, is the updated firmware and interface exclusive to the device. You won’t be able to upgrade your original DS or DS Lite to the new DSi experience.


THE NEW NINTENDO DS i -You won’t be able to upgrade your original DS or DS Lite to the new DSi experience.

This new firmware includes various media and online applications that allow you to interact with photos and music. The new layout is very much in the vein of the Nintendo Wii experience, where different “channels” or applications can be scrolled through and moved around. There are plenty of blank spaces, too, that you’ll undoubtedly fill with downloaded games and applications from the DSi Shop. As expected, Nintendo just announced the DSi at its fall presentation — and it’s got dual touchscreens. The company is calling it a “third platform,” which means it’s complementing the existing DS Lite, not necessarily replacing it. Lookswise there’s not much different, but it’s some 12 percent thinner, partly because it doesn’t have a GBA cartridge slot. The touchscreens are also slightly larger, at 3.25 inches, and there’s an external three megapixel camera — we don’t know what that dot in the hinge is, but we’re told there’s only one camera. There’s an SD slot and internal storage — we’re not sure how much at the moment, but photos can be taken directly to the Wii Photo Channel on the card. Nintendo‘s also launching an online DSi Shop, which will sell content directly over WiFi, including a free browser app and “DS Ware” game — and you’ll be able to get on for free at “Nintendo Zone” hotspots, which’ll be in Japanese McDonalds. The store will take the newly-renamed Nintendo Points, 1000 of which will come free with the DSi until March 2010 and content will be priced in 0 / 200 / 500 / 800 point brackets. ¥18,900 ($178), launching in Japan on November 1st in black and white — the rest of us will have to wait until next year..Since the DSi is the third iteration of the DS system; it leaves the question, “Who should buy it?” Owners of the original DS should definitely consider the upgrade.


THE NEW NINTENDO DS i -You won’t be able to upgrade your original DS or DS Lite to the new DSi experience.

The changes in design and improvements in screen size and brightness coupled with the access to the DSi Shop are more than enough reasons to take the plunge. That said, current owners of the DS Lite may want to reconsider. The DSi Shop will be the best reason to upgrade, so you’ll need to decide if that’s enough of an incentive. Of course, if you don’t already own a version of the DS, this is certainly the one to get.

The DSi is  available in either black or blue. The device is certainly a step in the direction of gadgets like the iPhone and iPod Touch that have access to exclusive stores for downloading games and applications. One thing is for sure: the Nintendo DSi is the company’s most ambitious and solidly designed portable systems yet.

THE NEW NINTENDO DS i -You won’t be able to upgrade your original DS or DS Lite to the new DSi experience.


THE NEW NINTENDO DS i -You won’t be able to upgrade your original DS or DS Lite to the new DSi experience.

– 3.25 inch screens (DS = 3 inch)
– Has an inside and outside camera, 0.3 megapixels
– Has SD slot on right-hand side.
– Has onboard memory
– Comes with web browser
– Comes with app to detect some DS hotspots
– Has Apps store like iPod
– Apps are free/300/500/800 points
– Other apps include an app that allows you to make flipbooks using the cameras
– No GBA slot
– 18900 yen
– 1000 points for free if you buy before march 2010
– Possibly minorly upped resolution
– November in Japan, 2009 elsewhere.
– Black and white versions.

New Software:
– DS Pedometer, Miis on DS
– Mario and Luigi 3
– 3d Picross

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