Although you've been able to browse the internet on the Nintendo DS for some time now, the experience has never really a been a good one. That's something that Nintendo promised to change with the new DSi, and going by this browser speed showdown from the guys at N+, they've succeeded.
Take one Nintendo DS, a handful of solar panels, some spare time and this Instructable, and you could end up with this: a solar-powered DS that you never have to plug into the mains again. By strapping four 60 x 60mm panels - each capable of a maximum 3 volts at 40 ma power output - to the top and bottom outside casings of the DS, you can actually create a trickle-charger potent enough to avoid ever needing mains power.
According to a leaked GameStop internal newsletter, Nintendo have discontinued the DS Lite Onyx handheld. The GameStop daily newsletter suggests that no further stock of the black DS Lite will be delivered, and that once stores have sold their remaining on-site stock they should remove any Onyx boxes and promotional material from the sales floor.
Nintendo has set amazing sales records in the year 2008 due to the growing popularity of the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS gaming devices. Never before has a gaming console sold more than 10 million units in a single year, but Nintendo has almost accomplished this twice in 2008.
According to independent sales data released yesterday by the NPD Group, the Wii had a total sales number of 10.17 million units for 2008 with the Nintendo DS coming in as close second with just 9.95 million. In the last generation of gaming devices, Nintendo fell short against Sony and Microsoft with its GameCube, but this generation Nintendo has redeemed themselves with amazing sales.
Nintendo have trademarked two new gaming-related terms, one of which suggests that a motion-sensing add-on for the handheld DS is in the works. The trademark database refers to the "DS Houi Sensor Card", with houi meaning "direction" or "cardinal point" in Japanese, and has led to predictions of a new range of cartridges that would offer title-specific motion-sensing.
As to be expected Dssidia was number one on last week’s Media Create Japanese sales charts by selling 489,126 copies. This however was not the best debut week ever for a Japanese PSP release title, that honor goes to Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G with the absurdly high number of 820,000 sold in the first week.
Nintendo UK has just released a list of the upcoming DS and Wii titles for the first quarter of 2009. This list has plenty of interesting games on the way, including a game designed to help keep players fit called “Walk with me! Do you know your walking routine?” just in time for our quilt filled new years resolution to get healthy. Walk with me! Even brings the competitive nature of video games to keep players motivated to stay healthy.
Rockstar Games have announced the North American and Europan release dates for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for Nintendo's DS handheld. As of March 17th, North American gamers will be able to pick up the title, with European availability following three days later on March 20th.
Japanese video game company Nintendo, has announced a deal with publisher HarperCollins to make classic books available to read on the Nintendo DS. This 100 Classic Book Collection initially will only be available in Britain for £20. Turning pages is made easy as brushing your finger across the screen.
Apparently the makers of Kingdom Hearts really like to name their games strangely. The Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories game just came out today but it seems another Kingdom Hearts game will be coming to the US as well. And it has a strange name, too.
The game is called Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and will be available for the Nintendo DS. In this new game, you will be able to portray the role of Roxas, a member of Organization XIII. Sure, this sounds completely unrelated to Mickey Mouse, but it does have a tie in.
According to the press release, Roxas as the "other" hero from Kingdom Hearts II and this new game focuses on what happened while Sora was asleep. Roxas travels across the Disney Worlds and you will then uncover the ties between him, Sora and the 14th member and why he left the organization. Sounds interesting. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days will also have a multiplayer mode....