Despite the positive launch, some Nintendo fans wonder why Nintendo even bothered with the upgrade – 53% surveyed at PocketLint said it was a waste of time.
Here’s a Nintendo DSi Video. You be the judge:
The Nintendo DSi is about 12% thinner than the NDS Lite. The new handheld has one VGA camera (a 0.3 megapixel camera on the internal hinge pointed towards the user, and one 3.0 megapixel camera on the outside of the shell), larger screens (3.25 inches as opposed to the previous 3 inches), and improved speakers. The power switch was replaced with a power button, as the original DS had, now located next to the bottom left side of the touch screen. Unlike the DS Lite the DSi wont allow use of flashcarts or hacks. Due to the higher power consumption and slimmer profile the battery life is reduced compared to its predecessor, the DS Lite. The internal rechargeable battery may be replaced by the user at the end of its useful life of (typically) several hundred charge/discharge cycles, like previous versions of the DS.
A new SDHC card slot is utilized for external storage of pictures and downloaded software and to play AAC audio. The front slot for Game Boy Advance (GBA) cartridges has been removed, thus removing the unit’s backward compatibility and its compatibility with accessories that require the GBA slot, such as the Guitar Hero: On Tour grip, which is essential to play the game. The DSi has 256MB of internal flash memory . Photos can be synced to the Wii‘s Photo Channel. The DSi is incompatible with flash carts like the R4 and M3.
It has been reported that the DSi utilizes region locking for DSi-specific software, since it provides Internet services tailored individually for each region, but the DSi does not have region lock-outs which lets it play any game from any region. In addition, the DSi uses rating-based parental controls, which differ by country.
Like the Wii, the DSi has something like channels. They are called “apps.”
Now that’s officially on the shelves in Japan, expect the rest of the world to follow in a few weeks time. Perfect timing for Christmas!
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