More like Nintendo DSi. It seems the rumors were true. Nintendo, as expected, announced the Nintendo DSi at their press conference in Japan last night, well for us in the states anway, to Japan it was a whole other time period, and beholden to all the rumor and speculation, almost every detail was proven to be true. A release date was given and as I'm sure you're not surprised, Japan will be the first to receive it on November 1st. Other territories were basically told to be getting this little gem "sometime in 2009". • Size of Liquid Crystal Display • Liquid Crystal Screen • Portable Size • Power Supply • Weight • Charging Time • Battery Life • Software • Input-Output
So what's the difference you ask? Well to start off there's an obvious little black eye looking at you up there on the top right. That's the 1.3 megapixel camera that'll let you take some shoddy pics, I'm sure kids all over will be juicing their Huggies, but for me, I've got my iPhone and it's amazing 2.0 megapixel cam. What else you got Nintendo? Honestly, it seems to me, most of the features are in response to the R4 and all the other hacks available thanks to the homebrew scene. If you ask me, it's about fucking time. The DSi now comes with an SD card slot, to what capacity it can handle is not entirely known yet, but it will allow you to download full featured games from the DSi Store which will be setup much like the Wiiware and Virtual Console store. Prices will range from free to 1000 Points. What I find odd, and what almost always happens when a company introduces a new SKU like this is you segregate the market. The DSi will not longer feature Slot 2, better known as the GameBoy Advance slot, so any games that use it for peripherals such as Guitar Hero On Tour to Slide Adventure: Mag Kid are out of luck. Guitar Hero would have surely benefited from the "audio enhancements" Nintendo mentioned.
Well there you have it. Nintendo is usually real brief with there details, it's the usual hey check it we got this new thing, it does this it does that, you can play with friends, Nintendo, peace, as the curtains fall. So expect more on this later. Also keep your eye out for the new PSP-3000. It should be out later this month. I'm sure I will.
Here are some comparisons Kotaku made between the DS and the DSi.
Nintendo DSi: 3.25 inches
Nintendo DS Lite: 3 inches
Nintendo DSi: Possible to display 260,000 colors
Nintendo DS Lite: Possible to display 260,000 colors
Nintendo DSi: Width 137mm, Length 74.9mm, Thickness 18.9mm (touch pen is approx. 92mm in length)
Nintendo DS Lite: Width 133mm, Length 73.9mm, Thickness 21.5mm (touch pen is approx. 87.5mm in length)
Nintendo DSi: AC adapter for Nintendo DSi
Nintendo DS Lite: AC adapter for DS Lite
Nintendo DSi: Approx. 214g (with touch pen)
Nintendo DS Lite: Approx. 218g (with touch pen, Game Boy Advance cover)
Nintendo DSi: Approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes
Nintendo DS Lite: Approx. 3 hours
Nintendo DSi: The lowest brightness (9-14 hrs), low brightness (8-12 hours), medium brightness (6-9 hours), high brightness (4-6 hours), highest brightness(3-4 hours)
Nintendo DS Lite: The lowest brightness (15-19 hrs), low brightness (10-15 hours), high brightness (7-11 hours), highest brightness(5-8 hours)
Nintendo DSi: Software for Nintendo DS, Software for Nintendo DSi.
Nintendo DS Lite: Software for Nintendo DS, Software for Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DSi: DS card slot, SD memory card slot, AC adapter connection, stereo headphone/mic jack
Nintendo DS Lite: DS card slot, Game Boy Advance cartridge slot, AC adapter connection, stereo headphone/mic jack
• Size of Liquid Crystal Display
• Liquid Crystal Screen
• Portable Size
• Power Supply
• Charging Time
• Battery Life