Nintendo DSi

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Nintendo DSi
Black Nintendo DSi
The black Nintendo DSi
Generation Seventh generation
Release date Nintendo DSi:
Japan November 1, 2008
Australia April 2, 2009
Europe April 3, 2009
USA April 5, 2009[1]
China December 15, 2009
South Korea April 15, 2010[2]
Brazil July 26, 2011[3]
Nintendo DSi XL:
Japan November 21, 2009 (as Nintendo DSi LL)
Europe March 5, 2010
USA March 28, 2010
Australia April 15, 2010
South Africa October 8, 2010[4]
Brazil July 26, 2011[5]
Discontinued 2013
Predecessor Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS (Concurrent)
Successor Nintendo 3DS
“What will you and I do?”
Advertisement slogan for the Nintendo DSi
Nintendo DSi logo

The Nintendo DSi is the third model of the Nintendo DS family, announced on October 2, 2008. It is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Nintendo DS Lite, with the Game Boy Advance slot being removed. 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 an app called Flipnote Studio which allowed players to create their own animated flipbooks. The Nintendo DSi has sold 28.44 million units, while the DSi XL sold 12.93 million units as of September 2014.[6] The DSi is also able to download games from the Nintendo DSi Shop (DSiWare), stored on an SD Card or in internal memory. 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.[7]

A special, limited edition DSi was sold on Black Friday of 2009 (November 27) in the United States only. It was available in Metallic Blue and came preinstalled with five Super Mario DSi games/apps, namely Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, WarioWare: Snapped!, Dr. Mario Express, Mario Calculator, and Mario Clock.[8] In 2010, a red, Super Mario-themed DSi XL was released in Japan on October 28 in honor of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.,[9] and two more limited-edition colors were sold on Black Friday (November 26) in the United States: orange and green, each bundled with Mario Party DS.[10]

In China, all of the Nintendo DSi consoles (branded as iQue DSi) came bundled with a digital copy of Nintendogs. The two candidates to be bundled digitally with the iQue DSi were Nintendogs and New Super Mario Bros. iQue picked the former because Nintendo least wanted to see it pirated and it would better attract casual audiences.[11] The latter was released physically for the iQue DS in July 2009, 5 months before the release of the iQue DSi.

The entire DS family was succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS in February 2011.

Nintendo DSi XL[edit]

The Nintendo DSi XL (DSi LL in Japan) is a revision model of the DSi. It includes larger screens with a diagonal of 107 mm (4.2 inches) (93% bigger than the DS Lite and the regular DSi's screen). The size and weight are 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.[12]

The handheld console was released in Japan on November 21, 2009,[13] in Europe on March 5, 2010,[14] in North America on March 28, 2010,[15] and in Australia on April 15, 2010.[16]

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 comes preinstalled with Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: Arts Edition (with an additional Dutch language copy), Dictonary 6 in 1 with Camera Function, Nintendo DSi + Internet video, Nintendo DSi Browser, and later Flipnote Studio.

Nintendo DSi-enhanced games[edit]

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These games are compatible with Nintendo DS, but have enhanced performance if ran on a Nintendo DSi, such as utilizing WPA and WPA2 wireless standards as the original Nintendo DS can utilize WEP standard only.[17] One way to tell if a game is DSi-enhanced is the 10-character game ID divided by two dashes on the cartridges, located on the bottom-right of each label. If it has the prefix TWL (codename "Twilight" for DSi)[citation needed] instead of NTR (codename "Nitro" for DS),[18] it is DSi-enhanced. The DSi-enhanced games are also region-locked (just like the iQue DS Game Cards and later the 3DS and New 3DS ones).[citation needed]



Nintendo DSi[edit]


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Nintendo DSi enhanced games[edit]

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  • 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 starts playing using the recorded sound as instrument.


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  9. ^ Newton, J. (September 29, 2010). Japan Receives Red DSi XL in Honour of Mario's 25th Anniversary. Nintendo Life. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
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  13. ^ Official Japanese DSi LL Website
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  15. ^ Gamespot Staff (February 24, 2010). DSi XL supersizes NA March 28. GameSpot. February 24, 2020.
  16. ^ Dickens, A. (March 30, 2010). April 15th - Australian DSi XL Retails for AU$299.95. Nintendo Life. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
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  19. ^ Gamespot Staff (September 9, 2011). Metallic rose DSi XL blooming September 18. Gamespot. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  20. ^ Nintendo Life (October 26, 2011). [2]. Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 8, 2023.