The NEW Nintendo DS

New Nintendo hardware! The DSi is much the same as the DS Lite in terms of graphics, sound and control options, but has snazzy new extras. A pair of cameras! Extra RAM! Built-in internal storage space (just like the Wii)! A host of software innovations! All these additions help make it a lot more than the sum of its parts…

The hardware

Slim and wide
The DSi is marginally thinner than the DS Lite, but it’s slightly bigger in every other dimension. The shoulder buttons stick out of the top a little bit as well.

SD card slot
Plug in an SD card to transfer music and photos to the DSi. This is also where your downloaded content will be stored – hopefully without having to swap it in and out of the console’s internal memory whenever you want to load up a new app.

Bye bye, GBA
The GBA slot has been ruthlessly murdered, allowing the bottom half of the DSi to be a tiny bit thinner than a DS Lite. No more GBA cartridge compatibility means that after almost 20 years it’s the end of the road for the Game Boy brand. On the positive side, DSi owners won’t be getting arthritis from playing Guitar Hero: On Tour, as the guitar grip peripheral won’t work with the new machine.

External camera
It’s just 640x480 resolution, which equates to a puny 0.3 megapixels in digital camera speak, but that’s a lot higher than the resolution of the DS screen, which is where the photos are most likely to be displayed. You can also send your pictures to the Wii Photo Channel too.

Matte finish
No more high-gloss plastic. The outer casing now has a fingerprint-concealing texture, exactly like the inside of a DS Lite. This means that it won’t look like you’ve just eaten your dinner off it every time you touch it.

Battery life
While you can charge a DSi a little faster than a DS Lite, you’ll have to keep returning it to its new power adapter a lot more often. The bigger screens and other new bits and bobs mean it guzzles electricity at a fair old rate. It’s claimed to last 9-14 hours at low brightness and just 3-4 hours on maximum. The equivalent figures for a DS Lite are 15-19 hours and 5-8 hours.

Power lights
Now with 50% more lights! The power light (which is now blue) no longer flashes to show the DS is using its wireless link-up functions. There’s an additional light for that on DSi, which should solve any confusion for people who couldn’t figure out why they had a blinking green light.

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  • zeldafanjohn - November 16, 2008 8:03 p.m.

    Can't wait for it. I sold off all of my GBA games a long, long time ago. I love the downloadable features. Finally a good use for my 32GB SD card. :P As for our R4's Luvull they won't work for a couple of months after the DSi is released because the DSi's OS is programmed to detect a R4/M3/Cyclo and if there's one inserted it crashes itself. And I'm sure that while the R4 programmers will eventually release a firmware update that will allow us to use it I think that it won't happen for a while.
  • emconover - November 15, 2008 4:36 a.m.

    that thing is beast.... i cant wait to get it.... it is so much better then the other one.....
  • DEATHWISH - November 15, 2008 3:47 a.m.

    I see what you mean, Razorwire, but creating a new handheld, or even a VASTLY different one right now would be suicide for Nintendo. You see, Japan has reached a sort of saturation point (as mentioned previously in this same article) in terms of hardware sales. I think it was stated that there's about one in each household. If a new, vastly differentiated console would to be launched, or even announced, it would make the entire DS franchise obsolete. All the games currently shelved in stores, shipping out, or even being developed would never be purchased, and whoop-di-do! Nintendo loses Money, markets, and trust.
  • bedd_headd - November 15, 2008 12:39 a.m.

    i think its cool that they are making a new ds but why did they have to get rid of the gameboy advance slot, i liked it. now i need to get a new ds lite (broke mine) and dsi. it looks cool.
  • Mysterydude - November 14, 2008 10:40 p.m.

    I understand wanting to make it thinner, but taking out the GBA slot seriously cuts into the game library. There were some fantastic GBA games available.
  • Cernunnos - November 14, 2008 9:57 p.m.

    i'll stick to my psp slim, thank you. but i think this is great! maybe the price of DS lite will now stoop so low that i wont even notice the money missing, and then i'd get a lite. :) maybe... wouldnt have bought this one anyway; no gameboy slot? youve gotta be kidding me... what about my 450 hour save file on PKMN Gold? :P
  • gamefreakl1996 - November 14, 2008 9:40 p.m.

    OH MY FREAKIN GOD!?!?!? THEY MADE ANOTHER? I HAVE LIKE 3 OF THE 1ST ONE AND 3 OF THE NEW 1, MY DADS GONNA BE SO MAD IF I ASK HIM FOR THIS!!!...oh well im askin for it anyways, it looks awsome;)
  • FlamingFungus - November 14, 2008 9:37 p.m.

    I can't wait to get this!
  • Rhoswen16 - November 14, 2008 8:18 p.m.

    If they give a good deal on exchange DSlites then i might be want to buy it and the camera sounds the best thing ever but you better hope it has a good battery to keep all tat stuf going.
  • kstegall - November 14, 2008 6:37 a.m.

    I'd love it EXCEPT for the loss of the GBA slot. One of the things I loved about the DS Lite was that I could still play some of the fantastic GBA games I owned on it. That sucks =( Oh well, looks like I'll have to buy it & keep both my DS Lite & DSi handy.
  • Smash_Bro - November 14, 2008 1:12 a.m.

    Wow, I haven't even been able to care about getting a Lite yet, and already, here comes DSi. No more GBA depresses me, but now I don't really need to buy a new camera for anther while. Oh, and 'Smash Bros. DSi' (or something) had better be downloadable.
  • carrothead95 - November 14, 2008 12:26 a.m.

    hmmmm, i have the original ds. i liked the lite version but i stuck to my old one. this one sounds cool, but a camera? no gba slot? bigger? i dont think i'm gonna buy this one. :(
  • Patius - November 13, 2008 10:37 p.m.

    I'd find it worth the wait to get one, only cause I don't have a DS.
  • Da-Ku - November 13, 2008 5:04 p.m.

    What a waste of space! Avid nintendo fan here xD and also ps2 but anyways i traded my ds and all my games for a lite with 2 and now they stopping me playing my gba games and guitar hero! Idiots are killing there brand
  • Xplosive59 - November 13, 2008 4:25 p.m.

    Epic fail for Nintendo, are they not just doing what every other company have done before this is just goin to be forgoten just the PSP 1.5 (or watever its called) and what is with Nintendo getting crapy celebrities for comercials for games that came out ages ago its really embarrasing to us gamers seeing random celebrities pointing out the obvious not having a clue about what they are doing
  • Black_X_1111 - November 13, 2008 2:02 p.m.

    Yeah, i prefer the DS lite. Nintendo wont make any games that utilize the camera, to keep some forward compatibility (like if the PSone played PS2 or PS3 games). And I have a nice, expensive, digital camera to take pictures with. And I could already do all that with a Wii.
  • Kyon - November 13, 2008 11:33 a.m.

    Eh, I'm sticking with my Lite. These super-gimmicky features aren't my thing.
  • lucklesswonder - November 13, 2008 7:39 a.m.

    Not enough to make me give up my DS Lite. Although the DSi is shaping up to be quite a bit cooler than I thought. The loss of the GBA slot doesn't bother me very much. I prefer using my old SP for that, anyway.
  • solidsnake_5552000 - November 13, 2008 3:28 a.m.

    I prefer the psp... the built-in camera sounds cool but the resolution must be a joke 0,3 megapixels?? Seriously it's not worthy.
  • The_Zanger - November 13, 2008 3:25 a.m.

    my old DS is destroyed (cracked top screen, nail polish at right buttons, Left is jammed), but I'm so glad I decided to wait and see if the rumors for a new DS are true. And look at me now!! :D :D :D