As had been previously leaked & reported on, Nintendo announced the new Nintendo DS, the DSi, at their Fall press conference. Everything speculated on was true, particularly the new camera & wider screens. It'll also have a new download store where players can purchase games & other items online. A new version of "Brain Age" has already been confirmed as the first downloadable game. In the end though this didn't wind up really being the "next DS," or the DS2, if you would. It's actually just version 3 of the original DS, which caused a big disappointment to many.
While a lot of things were added, one feature in particular was removed- the GBA slot. That's right, no longer will you be able to play classic Game Boy Advance games if you get the newest DS. While not be able to play those on the new handheld doesn't really bother me, what about all the other hardware add-ons that took advantage of the slot? Like the DS rumble pak, the Opera Browser memory expansion pak (though that isn't really needed anymore since the DSi has a built in browser), & most importantly, the much more recent Guitar Hero button peripheral? There was even a new Guitar Hero game for the DS announced this year at E3. But as things currently stand, it'll be completely unplayable on the DSi.
The Nintendo DSi will be coming out in Japan on November 1st, so only a few weeks away. As for the rest of the world, well, we'll have to wait awhile longer. Europe will supposedly be getting it sometime in Spring 2009, while North America wont be seeing it until "well into 2009." Some reports are even saying Holiday 2009, meaning a whole year after it comes out in Japan (at least Guitar Hero will get a lot of playtime if true). This is quite odd considering the original DS actually debuted in America before it came out in Japan. Tons more info, stats, & video after the jump:
- Screens expand 17% (3.25 inches)
- 2.6 millimeters lighter
- No more GBA slot
- SD Card slot now found
- Two built-in cameras; 3.0 megapixels (exterior/case), 0.3 megapixels (interior/hinge)
- 640x480 pixels (VGA) each
- Pictures manipulated via touch screens
- Store pics on Wii Photo Channel
- “Audio enhancements” — adjust pitch and playback.
- Supports AAC format — no mp3 support?
- Internal memory for apps
- Built-in web browser; Opera
- Digital notebook included
- Game downloads (DSiWare) capable of being stored on DSi; prices range from free/200/500/800 points.
- Owners that connect by March, 2010 will receive 1000 Points as a gift. (Japan)
- Download via the Nintendo DSi Shop
- WiiWare/software download to SD card - Spring 2009
- DS Station now becomes the Nintendo Zone service
- Nintendo Zone Viewer included, no setup needed
- Mii on DSi software
- Comes in White and Matte Black
- Japan release date: November 1, 2008; price: ¥18,900 (US$179)
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles will link DS and Wii
- Dragon Quest IX shown; available March 2009