10 things to know about the new Nintendo DSi


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Nintendo’s new DSi handheld console launched in the UK and Europe on Friday, April 3. The new console builds on the success of the DS brand by adding a host of multimedia functions. [Launch in the U.S. is this Sunday]

For the moment, the DSi is available in black or white. The white is shiny and sleek to the touch, the matt black has a slightly rougher finish, which makes it more pleasingly tactile.

Owners of the existing DS Lite may be momentarily thrown by the changes to the volume and power buttons, but otherwise the DSi is pretty much business as usual. So, should you buy one? Here are [some of the] ten facts that may help influence your decision.

2. Although it looks remarkably similar to the existing DS Lite, the DSi represents a bigger jump forward than that from the chunky original DS to the DS Lite. The new machine is slimmer, with slightly bigger screens and a faster processor, and is packed with new features.

3. New feature one: the DSi has its own built-in operating system, modelled on the Wii system. The OS is stored on the DSi’s built-in memory. One of the practical upshots of this is that games are now “hot-swappable”, meaning you no longer need to power off and on your console when changing game cartridges.

4. New feature two: the DSi comes with two low-resolution cameras, one facing inwards and one outwards. The cameras are complemented by a built-in application that allows you to distort the photos you take for humorous effect. They can also be used for video-chatting.

5. New feature three: the DSi comes with an SD card slot, where photos, music and digital media can be stored. Don’t get too excited by the music playback. The DSi only plays AAC files, not the more popular MP3. Why? Read our interview with Nintendo’s UK boss to find out.

RTFA to get the whole analysis. Get in line for Sunday’s U.S. launch. 🙂

One thought on “10 things to know about the new Nintendo DSi

  1. wiiboy101 says:

    faster soc system on chip not a faster processor AS THERES MORE THAN ONE its a system clock double and 4x ram i highly doubt just one chip got overclocked

    system on chip and ram speed clock doubled plus 16mb ram vs 4mb and confirmed more EFFICIENT

    SO ITS A DAM SIGHT MORE POWERFUL THAN WII THINK IT IS

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