While you’d never expect Nintendo to supply a device that most “casual gamer” people won’t bother to buy, I’m making my prediction right here: This thing isn’t going to take off, and you might see why when you read this announcement – or you might entirely disagree.

Nintendo has announced it’s new DS, the DSi, which looks fairly similar to the DS Lite. In fact, its design is almost exactly the same, save that the new DSi forgoes the GBA slot for a twin camera setup – one camera on the hinge (0.3MP), and one on the outside of the top clamshell (3MP). The device also has internal storage and an SD card slot, though no word on just how much storage there is. The DSi is also marginally thinner than the DS Lite, by a few millimeters, and the screens are marginally larger – 3.25in instead of the DS Lite’s 3in, but no increase in resolution.

UPDATE: Reggie Fils-Aime has recently announced that the DSi will not be hitting US shores until “well into 2009.” Start saving up, kiddos. If you’re even more curious, the Japanese DSi site is up.

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In addition to announcing the DSi, Nintendo also said that there will be Nintendo WiFi hotspots around the nation where you, the humble DSi user, will be able to access a DSi Shop and download “DSWare” software a la the Wii Shop Channel. Such software offerings will even include a free internet browser. No DSWare titles will exceed 800 “Nintendo Points,” which is the new name for Wii Points.

Nintendo has announced the DSi as a “third platform” – meaning it won’t be replacing your DS Lite, and probably won’t be replacing it in your local game store. Since the DS Lite and DSi will probably be sold side-by-side, it looks like Nintendo has created a niche market for the DSi – with little software may end up becoming available that takes advantage of the twin cameras as everybody else already owns a DS Lite, and with the device being marketed as a “complement” to the current DS Lite, its offerings might not be enough to make people switch systems.

The DSi launches on November 1st in Japan for 18,900 Yen (or about $180 USD). Reggie Fils-Aime said for Nintendo that the DSi may not see US shores until “well into 2009,” due to the current popularity of the DS Lite hardware.

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  • Teep

    That’s pretty good I guess. I was hoping thqat there’d be more buttons, the speakers and whatever additional features on the bottom and a single wide screen up top. I hope it includes a media player Actually, I hope it includes a GOOD media player. I was going to get a PS3 for chistmas, but I need and MP3 player and this looks quite good.

  • Andrew

    a good mp3 player is called an ipod, and Nintendo knows that. they’re not going to market this as a media player as well when you need the storage for games and saved files and that camera, screw a media player, this is a game system. (and not a very interesting one I should add)

    a single widescreen would make absolutely no sense, it would screw up gameplay, though i can see why Nintendo hasn’t made a new system entirely. that would cannibalize all the new DS games coming out. I don’t think Nintendo even thinks they’re going to make much money from this system this holiday season unless they have about 5 amazing games lined up to be released using the new technologies. the only thing that could kick-start this system is a zelda and a mario that can only be played on this system.

  • Any news on the amount of MegaPixles for the camera? It seems pretty nice, but it needs more work. I think they should have practically turned it into an iPhone.

    The storage capacity will tell us all we need to know when that info is released.

  • Nintendo:”We are making a DS rehash, except we’re adding a camera and mp3 player! Money Money Money!”
    They better not make games just for the DSi. I don’t want to buy a new system to play Mario or Zelda. People who already own a camera or an I-pod won’t really be interested in this.

  • MazeMe

    Oh, it’s going to sell. First, it has the names ”DS” and ”Nintendo” on it, that gives it a headstart.
    Second, the DSi is designed to be a tool as well as a gaming platform, and in both area’s it accelerates. The improved internet options could lead to people being able to request information at public places anytime, Nintendo has already announced this. The DSWare allows Nintendo(and third-parties) to make simple applications to be used for non-gaming things. What about a PDA-function, for example? Then there’s the SD-slot and the camera. People can take their DSi with them anywhere, and not only for gaming. The DSi has all kinds of functions, and it’s not less logical for this handheld to have a camera added to the mix as it is for a cell phone.
    The nice thing is, though, that all these new options have huge benefits for DS gaming as well. The improved internet, combined with the camera and SD-slot, makes it really easy to chat and share files with friends at any time, even while you’re gaming! Downloadable content and user-generated content are also made possible by the internet and storage functionalities.
    Then there’s the DSWare. Lots of new, fresh, small games will come to the DS now, in a service similar to WiiWare. But Nintendo could also make old GB and GBC games available for download, as well as GBA-games. And what about portable Sega games from the Game Gear-era? That’d be awesome! Picture yourself downloading Gameboy classics like Tetris, Pokémon, Link’s Awakening and Oracle of Ages/Seasons! Wow!

  • Flame

    I’m not really that impressed.

  • Twilight64

    Can someone please tell me who the hell this thinng is aimed for? I know I certainly don’t need because I already have a camera and in concern of downloading GB games, that’s why we have emulators. Maybe it’s because I consider myself a cynic, but this Nintendo just trying to get more money from us until we get a new Zelda.

  • Personally I’m excited for the DSi 🙂

    Looks like its gonna be lots of fun !

  • ESpinningStar

    Well it say you need WiFi for internet right?

    Well that slightly upsets me but I’ll buy it.

    Also;; you can buy the original GBA games in the Shop right? Cause i miss the GBA games like Pokemon Emerald.

    My brother lost it ~ -_-

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  • butt face

    i want a DSI

  • pee face

    so do i

  • pee face

    how much is the DSI

  • pee face

    some one answer me please

  • dick face

    it is like $200 dollars

  • Got I love my Nintendo DSi, got it when it came out and haven’t regretted my purchase yet.

  • Does anyone know any more details?

  • You made some good points. I did a search on this and think most people will agree with your blog.

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