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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for DS coming to US

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for DS coming to US

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.

Nintendo DS Red & Blue bundles for Black Friday: $150

Nintendo DS Red & Blue bundles for Black Friday: $150

Nintendo have announced two new limited edition DS bundles, that will launch on Black Friday.  The Mario Red Nintendo DS bundle includes a red version of the DS handheld, complete with an 'M' logo, plus a copy of New Super Mario Bros.  Meanwhile the Ice Blue Nintendo DS bundle comes with a custom carrying case and a copy of Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day.

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EA’s Skate It! is now available

EA’s Skate It! is now available

If you're big into skating games, then you'll be pleased to know that EA Games has just announced their Skate It! game for the Wii and Nintendo DS is now available to buy at a store near you.

The game lets you perform all sorts of skateboard moves just by flicking around the Wii Remote or by using the stylus on the DS. One particularly cool thing about the Wii version, however, is that you can use the Wii Balance Board to control the skateboard within the game. That definitely brings an element of realism to it.

The object of the game is to become Thrasher Magazine's Skater of the Year. Sounds funny, but might also actually be kind of fun. At the very least, this skate-focused game further brings in a sporty feel to Nintendo consoles.

Nintendo DSi titles region-locked: Imports pretty pointless

Nintendo DSi titles region-locked: Imports pretty pointless

Nintendo's DSi has been a surprisingly controversial gaming launch, but something a whole lot of people agree is disappointing is that the handheld won't reach the US until "well into" 2009.  Of course, that's nothing particularly new when it comes to slick Japanese games hardware (or software for that matter), but Nintendo have laid a trap for anyone turning the usual salvation, the importer: DSi titles will be region-locked.

Nintendo Pedometer for ‘Your Life Rhythm’ DSi walking game

Nintendo Pedometer for ‘Your Life Rhythm’ DSi walking game

Nintendo's DSi and DSi Shop aren't the only new things coming for avid gamers; they're also looking to bring some Wii-style "get off your fat cheeks and do some exercise" action courtesy of the new DSi Pedometer.  Confirming the information gleaned from a trade document earlier this week, the Nintendo Pedometer will connect wirelessly with the DSi and be used initially with a new game title, "Your Life Rhythm".

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Nintendo DSi battery life drops up to 50% from DS Lite

Nintendo DSi battery life drops up to 50% from DS Lite

Nintendo's new DSi handheld, announced today, may be a bit more portable than its DS Lite predecessor - 12-percent thinner in fact - but if you're expecting to use that portability to take it further afield for even more gaming then the estimated battery life ratings may be a disappointment.  While the DS Lite could last for 15-19hrs on a single charge at minimum brightness, that figure drops to 9-14hrs in the DSi; at highest brightness you'll get a mere 3-4hrs from the DSi, whereas the DS Lite would have entertained you for 5-8hrs.

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Nintendo DSi vs DS Lite size comparison

Nintendo DSi vs DS Lite size comparison

On Nintendo's new Japanese site for the DSi there's a photo viewer to compare the existing DS Lite handheld to its new DSi sibling.  SlashGear reader Sion extracted and pieced together the two images for us as a direct size comparison between old and new; as you can see, the new 640 x 480 3.25-inch screens on the DSi (left) are significantly bigger than the 3-inch displays on the DS Lite (right).

Larger version of this image after the cut

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Nintendo DSi: dual-camera handheld gaming, with new DSi Shop

Nintendo DSi: dual-camera handheld gaming, with new DSi Shop

Nintendo has announced its new DSi, the update to the DS Lite, at the company's Fall presentation in Japan earlier today.  As expected, it features the same dual-display clamshell layout as the DS (both larger at 3.25-inches, with the bottom display remaining a touchscreen) with additional media features: an external 3-megapixel camera, an internal video-call camera and an SD slot, together with internal storage.  The removal of the GBA cartridge slot has meant the DSi can be 12-percent thinner than the previous DS Lite.

More details, including the DSi Shop and a video overview of the DSi, after the cut

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