Monday, February 23, 2009

Nintendo DSi shows up on Nintendo Channel

In today’s Nintendo Channel update a video was added displaying the new Nintendo DSi scheduled to come out circa-spring/summer in North America. The video showcased the DSi’s two cameras (one facing you, one away from you), its bigger screens, the ability to do music playback through SD cards, and several odds n’ ends features. These included the ability to color in one part of the picture you are taking (though pictures are taken in color) or change color to one part; distort the image of the picture you are taking or add effects; recording up to eighteen 10 second audio clips and storing them, and a bunch of other stuff which called into question why I should be excited enough to get one over my trusty DS Lite. Unlike other Nintendo Channel videos, there was no option to click for “More Information,” though the North American release date has been announced as April 5th and the new handheld system will retail for $170. One aspect of the DSi not displayed was its ability to download and play games, including old DS titles. The Nintendo DSi has sold 1.3 million units in Japan since its release, Nov. 1st, 2008.


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