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.
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.
Official Site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsi.html