Nintendo DSi

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Nintendo DSi
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The Nintendo DSi.
Released Nintendo DSi:
Japan November 1, 2008
Australia April 2, 2009
Europe April 3, 2009
USA April 5, 2009

Nintendo DSi XL:
Japan November 21, 2009
Europe March 5, 2010
USA March 28, 2010
Australia April 15, 2010
Discontinued 2013
Predecessor Nintendo DS
Successor Nintendo 3DS

“What will you and I do?”
Advertisement slogan for the Nintendo DSi

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A third model of the Nintendo DS, called the Nintendo DSi, was announced on October 2nd, 2008. It is thinner and lighter than the Nintendo DS Lite, having removed the Game Boy Advance slot. However, this means that the Nintendo DS Rumble Pak, which was used with titles such as Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, cannot be used. Two cameras, music playback functions, Wi-Fi, internet browser, larger screens, and a Wii-like channel interface were added. There was also a feature called "Flipnote Studio" where the player can create their own animated flipbooks. The Nintendo DSi has sold 17.82 million units, while the DSi XL sold 2.08 million units as of March 2010. [1]

The DSi is also able to download games from the Nintendo DSi Shop, stored on an SD Card or in internal memory. It was released in Japan on November 1st, 2008, in North America on April 5th 2009 and in Europe on April 13th, 2009. The DSi's front has a camera lens, and another, smaller lens is located where the mic was positioned on the Lite, allowing for photos to be taken with the DSi open.[2]

A special DSi was sold on Friday, November 27, 2009 ("Black Friday") in the United States only. It came preinstalled with five Mario DSi games/apps, namely Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, WarioWare: Snapped!, Dr. Mario Express, Mario Calculator and Mario Clock. It was available in the new Metallic Blue color; however, it is no longer available in stores.

Nintendo DSi XL[edit]

The Nintendo DSi XL in five colors
The Nintendo DSi XL (DSi LL in Japan) is a recent revision of the DSi. It includes larger screens with a diagonal of 107 mm (4.2 inches) (93% bigger then the DS Lite and the regular DSi's screen). The size and weight increased accordingly, so that the new model weighs 50% more than the DSi. According to reports, Nintendo wants to aim the new version to older gamers who might have trouble seeing the screen of a regular DS model.

The handheld console was announced to release in Japan on November 21, 2009[3], in Europe for March 5, 2010 [4] and on March 28, 2010[5] in North America.

In Japan, The DSi XL comes preinstalled with Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters (also known as A Little Bit of... Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: Arts Edition), Brain Age Express: Math (also known as A Little Bit of... Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: Maths Edition) and Kiyou Akira Rakuhiku Language Easier.

In North America, the DSi XL includes both of the Brain Age titles: Brain Age Express:Math and Brain Age Express:Arts & Letters, along with the Photo Clock.

In Europe, The DSi XL has come preinstalled with Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: Arts Edition (with an additional copy with Dutch language in it), Dictonary 6 in 1 with Camera Function, Nintendo DSi + Internet video, and Nintendo DSi Browser. Later, it came with Flipnote Studio installed.

Colors[edit]

The Nintendo DSi XL is available in 6 colors: Wine Red, yellow, blue, green, pink and bronze. It also comes in red in a special Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Edition DSi package. The yellow and green versions are only available in Europe and Japan[6].

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Budgy, a parakeet character from the Nintendo DSi, has a phrase about Princess Peach infiltrating a castle in the DSi Sound application.
  • If the player records a sound and waits, the Super Mario Bros. theme will start playing using the recorded sound as instrument.

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/63785 "Worldwide Console Sales Numbers Revealed" - Shacknews
  2. ^ http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/Q5D4ti_bPqJO_I0Oup0AMFudaUOLz6C7
  3. ^ Official Japanese DSi LL Website
  4. ^ http://computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=231512
  5. ^ http://nintendods.com/meet-dsi.jsp
  6. ^ Unboxing of a Japanese Nintendo DSi LL