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Nintendo pioneered handheld entertainment in the '80s and famously made it fully mobile and accessible to millions around the world with the Game Boy and DS video game systems. Now, Nintendo is taking things to the next level by transforming the way people access, experience, create and share content with the new Nintendo DSi system, the third iteration of the world's best-selling portable video game system.

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The System
The Nintendo DSi is a high-powered handheld video game system in a sleek, folding design-loaded with features designed to create a unique gaming experience. Like the DS and DS Lite before it, the DSi features Nintendo's trademark stylus-driven touchscreen technology, but determined to make portable gaming simultaneously larger and smaller in all the right places, Nintendo has also created the DSi with significantly larger screens and an even slimmer body design than its earlier cousins. Other features include the ability to snap photos with built-in cameras, edit and send them to friends, play back your music with Nintendo DSi Sound, or browse the Internet with the Nintendo DSi Browser. From playing games to just playing around, the Nintendo DSi does it all.


The DSi's Two Digital Cameras
The most noticeable feature of the slim Nintendo DSi system are its two cameras - one camera is situated on the external body pointing away from the user, and the second one points at the user when the device is flipped open. As the first truly interactive digital camera in a video game system, the DSi Cameras feature 10 different interactive "lenses" that can manipulate your photos, offering an easy way to take and share your photos with family and friends. The cameras also present people with unprecedented ways to interact with their games, and in the process provide developers with a new tool to devise creative games and experiences. If the touch screen gave Nintendo DS a sense of feel and the microphone allowed it to hear, the two cameras give Nintendo DSi the sense of sight.

DSi Sound
Another enhanced feature is the Nintendo DSi Sound application, which serves as both an interactive voice recorder and music player that allows users to play with their music while they listen to it. Users can access different audio filters or control the pitch and speed of recorded voice or music files to alter voices or change the tempo of a song. The mic is located between the two screens when the device is flipped open, and there is also a stereo headphone output that lets users listen to music saved on an SD card, even with the screen shut.

The DSiWare
In the world of software, Nintendo DSi will be the platform for the most relevant and fun on-the-go games and applications. The Nintendo DSiWare application will populate Nintendo DSi with software that can be downloaded using Nintendo DSi Points directly to the portable system, just as WiiWare has with Nintendo's Wii console. Developers big and small are invited to create software that makes use of the properties and functions of the hardware. Nintendo DSiWare games and applications will be available at a range of values, starting at 200 points.

Games and Backwards Compatibility
In addition to downloadable games, Nintendo DSi is able to play games made specifically for the system and sold at retail. The system can also play most Nintendo DS games, and will have access to a library of more than 850 titles originally made for that system. As an example of the quality of games that DSi players can expect to see both from both Nintendo and third-party game developers, at the launch of the DSi Nintendo is also releasing Rhythm Heaven. A wildly popular rhythm game in Japan, where it has sold nearly 2 million copies since its release in mid 2008, Rhythm Heaven features catchy tunes, charming characters, and a wide variety of rhythm games as it makes maximum use of the DSi's functionality.

Nintendo DSi owners have even more ways to share their experiences with friends and family. Using an Internet-connected Nintendo DSi system and the Nintendo DSi Camera application, Facebook members can take pictures with either of the system's two cameras and upload their photos directly to their Facebook profile. While reviewing pictures they've stored in the Nintendo DSi Camera album, which includes photos taken by users and manipulated using the built-in interactive lenses, users can simply tap the Facebook icon on the system's touch screen to instantly transmit photos to the user's Facebook profile.  The user's system must be configured to a wireless broadband Internet connection for the transmission of photos.

What's in the Box
Each DSi comes complete with: one Nintendo DSi System, one Nintendo DSi stylus, one Nintendo DSi AC power adapter, an easy start guide, manuals (basic and controls) and a support booklet.

Nintendo DSi Camera

  • Two cameras.
  • Ten interactive lenses.
  • Endless fun for you and your friends.

Nintendo DSi Sound

  • Record your voice.
  • Play with your voice. Play your music.
  • Play with your music.
  • An interactive audio player.

Nintendo DSi Shop

  • Use your broadband connection to browse the Internet.
  • Entertain yourself.
  • Entertain your friends.
  • Unleash your creativity.
  • Download the apps that let you do it all.

DS Download Play

  • Download demos.
  • Play against friends.
  • Connect to the Wii console.
  • An easy way to share to the fun.


  • Chat locally with friends.
  • With pictures.
  • Now including rainbows.
Nintendo DSi Technical Specs: DSi: Display: 3.25 inches Overall size: Width 137mm, Length 74.9mm, Thickness 18.9mm Power Supply: AC adapter for Nintendo DSi Weight: Approx. 214g (with touch pen) Charging time: Approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes Battery life: The lowest brightness (9-14 hrs), low brightness (8-12 hours), medium brightness (6-9 hours), high brightness (4-6 hours), highest brightness(3-4 hours) Software: Software for Nintendo DS, Software for Nintendo DSi. Input-output: DS card slot, SD memory card slot, AC adapter connection, stereo headphone/mic jack  
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Brand:  Nintendo
Category:  Video Game Consoles
Developer:  Nintendo
Release Date:  April 5, 2009
Console Type:  Handheld
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Quick Tip by . January 19, 2011
I just recently got a used DSi and like many other users, the left and right buttons stopped functioning properly. Luckily I found out about the registration incentive on Nintendo.com which extends the warranty an additional 3 months. I sent it in and getting the repairs for free! I always really liked Nintendo's customer service.
review by . December 22, 2009
I bought this in July for my then 12-year-old son so that he would have something to do on a long roadtrip with his grandparents. I wasn't sure whether to get the DSi or the PSP and choose Nintendo because the battery life was longer. It's a choice I haven't regretted.    My son plays with this system all the time. It was well worth the money. The variety of games available for the system is top notch. It's nice that it can fit into my purse or his backpack when we're traveling. …
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