Nintendo unveils new DS, the DSi

In a conference yesterday in Japan, Nintendo unveiled some new games, services, and even a brand new DS model. The new DS is called the DSi, and will sport a few improvements over the DS Lite, while at the sime time dropping the GBA slot in favor of a slimmer design. The DSi was presented by Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, and here are the details that we know so far:

  • Smaller and lighter than the DS Lite with bigger screens
  • No GameBoy Advance slot
  • VGA resolution camera
  • SD card slot for media and storage
  • Larger speakers with improved sound quality
  • Music player
  • Downloadable software (DS Ware). Wii Points renamed to Nintendo Points. Software price brackets will be Free/200/500/800 points.
  • Built-in web browser.
  • Will release in Japan November 1 for 18900 yen (about $180), two colors: White and flat gray.

Satoru Iwata introduces the DSi

The device hasn’t been given a release date for North America yet. It’s possible that the US won’t see a release until the Spring, but we’ll definitely find out more soon. There was more announced at the conference than just the DSi, so we’ll be updating on that shortly.

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