Yes, the DSi was released in North America today, and in Europe a full two days ago. What does this mean for you readers? It means that you can go out and buy, buy, and buy! Do you really have a choice? Yes – but not if Nintendo has anything to say about it. Read on for more info about the latest DS iteration.

I’m sure you all know by now that Nintendo will be phasing out normal DS games with DSi-enhanced games, and then later DSi-only games. Plus, if you don’t know, Spirit Tracks was basically confirmed to be DSi-enhanced, but any number of features could be added to the game at its current development stage.

By far the largest change to Nintendo’s iconic handheld system, aside from the cameras, is the loss of the GBA cartridge slot. Although the internet has raged about this, we can accept that Nintendo is finally moving on. If you want to play your GBA games, you’re probably better off retaining your old DS Lite, or using a GBA SP. The other changes are mostly for the better; the screens are bigger than that of the DS lite, which is a nice improvement. You know what they say about handhelds with big screens right?


The DSi compared to the DS Lite.

The DSi also has SD card support, so you can save downloaded items, photos, and music onto your system. Yes, I did say music! The DSi supports AAC (and only AAC, so don’t go trying to load up MP3’s). In fact, not only can you just listen to you music, if you’re really bored you can can mess with the pitch and tempo of what you are listening to as well.


Pitch-tempo modulator on the DSi.

Of course, the big feature of the DSi is its twin camera system – one on the outside of the system and one on the inside. Both cameras are VGA (0.3 megapixels) in resolution. You can edit your photos as well as compare pictures side by side, right on the DS system. But why two cameras? We all love to take self portraits, but a camera on the outside of the DS clamshell is counterproductive to this need, and so the inner camera was born.

Nintendo also announced DSiWare and the DSi Shop when the console was originally unveiled. When you purchase the device, you receive a complimentary 1000 DSi Points, but beware – spending money on this thing might be just as addictive as wasting it away on the Wii Shop Channel. They will also have a virtual console of sorts where owners can download Game Boy games (rich Game Boy owners rejoice!), and, of course, there will also be a web browser for download so you can browse the internet wherever there is wi-fi.

Is this system really worth it for the addition of the camera and larger screen, at the expense of a GBA slot? It’s all a matter of opinion, so we’d love to hear what you think of the DSi in the comments below.

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  • Bob

    I don't think the DSi supports mp3 files. It only supports AAC files, like mp4.

    • Rappy0

      you know where Ican get a file converter so I can change them lol

      • Bob

        Just go on Google and search AAC file converter. You should be able to find one for the file you're converting.

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  • jefferyliechty

    only 0.3 on the inside? that's not even worth it. I probably wont use the inside camera then.

  • Green-Link

    Just bought it, connecting it to the internet right now.

    So far, it's cool.

  • Anriva

    Both cameras are 0.3?… some say 3, others 0.3…

    • Both cameras are VGA, which is 0.3 megapixels. That's taken from the tech specs listed at Wikipedia, which are usually correct.

  • Art1st4786

    I heard there were a lot of bugs with the system. I would love to get one, but I want to wait at least six months to a year so any hardware issues can be worked out (I've done the same thing with all of my systems). Also in six months to a year, there will be more in stock (hopefully)

    • Nick

      By then they'll probably release the next DSi. lol.

      It's got some cool features but I'm happy with my DSLite.

  • Solaira

    bah, i need one
    would probably be best for me since my parents wouldn't let be get a ds lite :/

  • Leon

    The outside camera is 3 megapixel but the inside one is 0.3 megapixel

  • Rappy0

    I was going to buy it yesterdaybut my cars giving me hell right now. So I can't get one until I get my car fixed. =(

  • Andrew

    I bought one at the exact release time.I was the first one to get it.GO ME!

  • Shaelyn

    I'm surprised the web browser wasn't mentioned.

    but anyway, all that at the expense of the GBA slot? if I didn't have plans to keep my SP and DS Lite, I'd be mad as hell – backwards compatibility means a lot to me, and I wouldn't care about the camera at all. I have, y'know, a real camera for that – and one that actually has a decent grip to it. my mp3 player is awesome too – I don't need yet another jukebox.

    BUUUUUT I can't give up either of my special edition NES SP or my special edition Zelda DS Lite, so it turns out that it really doesn't matter. …and I'm still hoping for a special edition Zelda DSi to be released with ST to add to my collection (crosses fingers.)

  • Luna

    They would do this after I buy a DSLite. But progress is progress. For now, I'll stick to my old one.

  • Sarah

    honestly, its a little unnessesary >_>
    you dont need a camera on a DS. and i have no intention if buying it.

  • Seth

    I might get tempted to buy it……… but I hear it costs 170$ and my parents think it seems like a bad idea at the time. Anyway,I already have a Flip video camera (From my birthday) and a laptop. Besides,I already HAVE an iPod shuffle.Still I do think my mom and dad should give me a chance? I mean you can do all those things? That must be alot of things to do all on a little game system.

    So I'm not completly positive about all this DSi stuff. But I you seriously have to admit that thing is pretty awesome.

  • Bob

    Has anyone noticed a pattern?
    The Gameboy is backwards compatible with other Gameboy games,
    the DS is backwards compatible with Gameboy games,
    but the DSi is just backwards compatible with DS games.
    Even the Gamecube can somewhat play Gameboy games…
    I'm not against the DSi–in fact, I plan to buy it. I'm just saying it's weird that it breaks the chain.

  • Nagrom

    Cooleo. I probbaly won't be getting one for a while.

    Is anyone else aware that Nintendo sent out DSi benches in the mail in Animal Corssing: City Folk? I got one today! 🙂

  • Antram

    The second camera is of no use whatsoever and nintendo making only DSi games is just so people will buy the DSi. I probably will pass on this one.