Final Revision of the DS - The DSi Revealed

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  1. Tweeg

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    Earlier this month Nintendo held a press conference to reveal the final revision of the Nintendo DS hardware, which will be called DSi.

    [img=530x294]http://exophase.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/nintendo.jpg[/img]

    Link to a ton more pictures:
    http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/20081002/nintendo.htm


    Specs:
    Slightly larger, same resolution screens.
    SD Card slot
    Built-in Web Browser
    Built-in 3MP digital camera (external lens)
    Built-in 0.3MP digital camera (in hinge)


    My thoughts:
    So, as predicted the revised DS will have a buit in web browser and gone is the GBA backwards compatibility. Dumping the rumble feature completey is a bit of an iffy move. The digital camera and SD card port were completely unexpected though!

    What I like:
    - Built-in Web Browser
    - SD Card slot, it has so many good possibilities! We could finally get some decent DS RPG's that allow for save files onto an actual memory card! You know what I'm talking about here, RPG's of the MMO variety people! Saving your photos taken with the shotty built-in camera (a given). Capability of downloading and actually saving game demos. Built-in MP3, and cross your fingers, video playback!
    - Strong possibility of being able to use the digital camera in conjunction with the online capabilities.


    What I don't like:
    - Vulnerability of the digital camera lense to damage, especially when unit is in your pocket.
    - Lack of rumble feature. Would have been so easy to include built-in rumble.
    - Lack of backwards compatibilty. Okay, so it's not a product killer, but it is nice to be able to have two game carts (DS & GBA) in your unit at once, especially when you're on the go.

    What concerns me:
    - Main point of concern I have is the screens. Half-inch larger screens will boast the same super low resolution as before just means we're getting obnoxiously bigger pixels. Thanks for nothing Nintendo!
    - SD Card slot. I forsee this as a ploy to try and resell us the old, old, back catalog of GB, GBC, and GBA games through some sort of pay-to-play download service.
    - New version of the OS will no doubt have been revised in such a way to render all current market "slot 1" devices and even some homebrew useless.

    And my biggest concern. Nintendo has revealed their strategy for the handheld market for the next year. They left themselves wide open to loose the market by not listening to consumer outcry for a more technologically robust handheld. As of this November, DS will be four years old and here's Nintendo showing us a revised, albeit nice, DS. What game developer is as going to go and make a DS game that can only be played on the DSi when there are already millions of DS and DS Lite owners?

    Instead of this being a revised DS it should have been a DS2. Imagine it, a totally new handheld with DS backwards compatibility, nice higher resolution screens, rumble (not a must, but still), and all of the other new features the DSi is going to have all standard! Imagine the new gaming possibilitie! But no, Nintendo doesn't think like this, and sadly for us they seem to share in Sony's sentiment that any system they release should be allowed to remain on the market until the market completely dies.

    Couple this with the utter lack of consumer confidence in Sony's incredibly problematic PSP and...

    The market is now wide open for Microsoft to make a power play. Good luck Microsoft, I can hardly wait to see what you guys come up to bat with.
     
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    New games could fit on an SD card, no? This is clever.

    Never liked the whole web browser thing (i.e.: iPhone, PSP), but whatever.
     
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    OMG !!! This looks so cool I can't wait to get one. It's ashame that they are getting rid of the GBA slot though.
     
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    Is there a price range yet?
     
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    Yeah I think it was $180 US
     
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    I might get one for my mom. It'd be an upgrade from her SP.

    Is there a release date?
     
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    Some time in 2009 I reckon.
     
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    Beleive it comes out in Japan end of this year, then its tentitively scheduled for a spring or summer release in Europe, and finally a Christmas 2009 release fo here in the U.S.A..? Reason we're getting it last is because of the financial chaos our congress has foolishly brought upon us against the will of the majority.
     

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