The Nintendo DSi is a dual-screen handheld game console released by Nintendo. It is the third iteration of the Nintendo DS, and its primary market rival is Sony’s PlayStation Portable. Nintendo had sold over 41 million DSi and DSi XL units combined. They were succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS.
About Nintendo DSi in brief
The Nintendo DSi is a dual-screen handheld game console released by Nintendo. The console launched in Japan on November 1, 2008, and worldwide beginning in April 2009. It is the third iteration of the Nintendo DS, and its primary market rival is Sony’s PlayStation Portable. The fourth iteration, entitled NintendoDSi XL, is a larger model that launched in November 21, 2009. Nintendo had sold over 41 million DSi and DSi XL units combined. They were succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS. Reviews of the DSi were generally positive; however, IGN and bit-tech decried the console’s lack of exclusive software and removal of the GBA cartridge slot. The DSi Shop is the most important buying incentive for current DS owners, according to CNET and PCWorld. The handheld supports exclusive physical media in addition to DS games with DSi-specific features and standard DS titles. It also supports internal and external content storage, and connects to an online store called the Nintendo Dsi Shop. The only exception to its backward compatibility are earlier DS games that required the GBC slot. It was released in Japan in November 2008, with a price tag of $99.99 (about £70, AU$150) and in the U.S. in March 2010. It has been replaced by the 3DS in Japan and the 3D version in North America in June 2010. The 3DS version has a price of $199 (about $250) and is available in the United States and Europe in the spring of 2011. It can be pre-ordered for $99 from Nintendo’s online store or from other major retailers such as Best Buy, GameStop, and GameStop.
It will be released in Europe and Australia in the fall of 2011, and in Australia and South Africa in the Spring of 2012. It goes on sale in the UK in the summer of 2012 for £99 (around £100) and £120 (about €150) in the US and Europe. It comes with two digital cameras, which Nintendo says will be used to personalize the console for families who share a DS console. It features a touchscreen, and the microphone is its sense of touch. The touchscreen was considered early in development, and a co-worker suggested that it should have eyes. The original design included two DS game card slots, because of demand from both fan communities and Nintendo employees, which consequently made it larger. Nintendo removed the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot to improve portability without sacrificing durability. The design was met with lukewarm reception due to its size. A quick hands-on investigation led them to abandon the dual-slot design, which made the DS i approximately 0.5 inches thick. Owing to consumer demand, Nintendo also improved the handhelds’ volume and audio quality and made it slimmer with larger screens compared to the DS Lite. However, Nintendo continued to support the DSlite as long as there was consumer demand for it. The Nintendo DS Lite’s original casing had to be revised, as their circular speaker was redundant, as well as the rest of the handheld’s interface.