Introducing the Nintendo DSi(t’s about time)
It’s waaay too late East Coast time to get deep into impressions and all that, so i’ma copy/paste the fact sheet. But i will say that my derelict DS lite is getting sold quicklike and i’m liking what i see with this new DS. Everything but the built-in shop channel. They need to stop cutesy-ing up consumerism like that, it’s really disgusting. Little IKEA bag icons and calling money “points”. Blech. But good on them for inching towards the PSP feature set, they really needed it. (In some ways it even eclipses the new PSP-3000, which is only slightly closer on the horizon. Premature ejaculation, Sony?) Most important of all is that on-board memory. Very key for a handheld, and something Sony can’t boast about.
Can’t help but think that they’ve cluttered up the arrangement of buttons though, but perhaps casual listeners won’t mind. The HAL-ish camera thing on the lid there is a bit unaesthetic. The price is also kinda asking too much. Can’t say i’ll miss the GBA slot when i have plenty of GBAs sitting around, but others who’ve thrown money by the buckets at DS peripherals are probably gonna hang on to their Lites. Probably not for long, though. The Lite sure as hell wasn’t not broke, hence why they fixed it.
And no, nobody explained the ‘i’. Ask Steve Jobs.
Oh look, fact sheet:
- Built-in 0.3 megapixel camera; edit images with the touch screen
- Audio playback functionality; edit pitch and speed
- Built-in SD card slot; Removed GBA slot
- Built-in web browser
- Built-in flash memory
- Nintendo DSi Shop with DSi Ware; Download games or other software directly with renamed “Nintendo Points”
- Four-tier software point pricing: Free, 200, 500, Premium (800); Until March 2010, DSi’s come with a complimentary 1000 ($10) Nintendo points
- DS Stations will be renamed Nintendo Zones
- Launch is Nov 1, colors will be white-ish and black-ish (gallery below), and price will be 18900 yen (about $180); No word on anywhere other than Japan
Screen: The DSi screen is 3.25 inches diagonal width. That’s bigger than the 3-inch panels on the DS Lite. Both are color TFT (thin-film transistor) LCDs (liquid crystal displays) with 260,000 pixels resolution.
Size: The DSi measures 137 millimeters by 74.9mm by 18.9mm making it a little longer, deeper and thinner than the DS Lite, which measures 133mm by 73.9mm by 21.5mm.
Weight: The DSi weighs in at 214 grams. That’s a touch lighter than the 218-gram DS Lite but close enough that you’re unlikely to notice.
Battery life: Depending on the screen brightness gamers can expect anywhere between 3 hours and 14 hours on the DSi versus 5 hours to 19 hours on the DS Lite.
Battery recharge time: Good news for gamers is that the DSi takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to recharge — 30 minutes faster than the DS Lite.
Compatibility: The DSi can play software developed for the DS and DSi but lacks the compatibility for GameBoy Advance software that’s present on the DS Lite. Any DSi-specific software won’t play on the DS Lite.
Inputs: The DSi features a DS and SD Card slot. On the DS Lite you can find a DS Card slot and GameBoy Advance cartridge slot but no SD Card compatibility. Both have connectors for power and a stereo headphone and microphone.