New DS Model, The DSi
Posted October 2, 2008on:
There have been some rumors of a new DS Lite model coming out, and they have been confirmed to be true. The “DSi” , as it’s called, was announced to be released in Japan on November 1st, 2008 for 18,900 Yen…and has been given a vague 2009 release date elsewhere. The unit will be 2.6 millimeters lighter, and both screens have been increased to 3.25 inches. Now, onto the interesting stuff.
Before you get your hopes up, let me get the bad news over with. No doubtedly to save on memory space for some new features, the DSi can no longer play GBA games. Instead, the DSi will have an audio and camera functionality. Not much has been said about the audio, save that both the pitch and playback speed of sound can be adjusted, but the camera will contain 300,000 pixels, and pictures taken will be viewable on the Wii photo channel. You can also alter the photos using the touch screen.
The DSi will now be able to download software from the DSi Shop using points, with titles being placed into Free, 200, 500, and Premium (800) categories. You can take games you’ve downloaded to the DSi with you. DSis that connect by March, 2010 will receive 1,000 points as a gift. Also, “Wii points” will be renamed “Nintendo Points” .
Now what do I think of this? Im actually really disappointed. Being one of the few people who believed this was actually going to exist, I was looking forward to it. But with the loss of the GBA slot, more then 75% of the DS’s usefulness is lost (for me anyways) . There aren’t many good games for the DS…I mostly use it to play GBA games. The up side is the ability to download games, but you shouldn’t have to buy games you already own. The audio and photo additions seem like a huge waste to me, and seem unnecessary for a gaming console. The screen size is a plus, I guess.
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