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Nintendo DSi US launch gets a date

Nintendo DSi US launch gets a date

Last November Nintendo starts selling DSi in Japan, and promised US launch sometimes in 2009. That sometimes has finally gotten a date, April 5th. The DSi is a small step up from current Nintendo DS Lite, with slimmer body, addition of two cameras, SD slot, and larger 3.25-inch screen.

With the announcement of DSi, Nintendo also roll out DSi Shop, a commerce system that allows gamers to buy and download games or demos using DSi points. I’ve been playing with DSi for quite sometimes now and these features upgrades are worth paying for.The DSi will be priced at $170 when it hits the shelf.

Nintendo DS Lite Onyx has been discontinued?

Nintendo DS Lite Onyx has been discontinued?

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.

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Nintendo change US/Euro DSi launch to Spring-Summer 09?

Nintendo change US/Euro DSi launch to Spring-Summer 09?

Has the Nintendo DSi release date changed?  Last month several sources claimed Nintendo were planning a roughly April 4th US release for the updated handheld, earlier than the company's original Summer 2009 prediction.  Now, according to a document [pdf link] on Nintendo's Japanese site that details the 2009 release schedule, the DSi is expected in "2009 Spring-Summer".

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Possible Nintendo DSi price and release date?

If you believe the little rumor birdies (or the guys over at IGN), it seems that Nintendo’s DSi will be dropping much sooner than anyone had anticipated.  On top of that, there’s also a rumored price for the DSi.

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Nintendo makes a deal with HarperCollins to bring books to the DS

Nintendo makes a deal with HarperCollins to bring books to the DS

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.

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Acekard 2i flash-cart for Nintendo DSi

Acekard 2i flash-cart for Nintendo DSi

Acekard have unveiled their latest flash-cart, which is compatible with the new Nintendo DSi.  Unlocking the handheld for homebrew tinkering, such as running PMP software, ebook reader and unofficial games, as well as supporting cheats and game saves, the Acekard 2i is functionally the same as its DS predecessor but simply adds DSi compatibility.

Demo video of the Acekard 2i in action after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 45 2008

It’s been all about the smartphones this week, with the long-awaited HTC Touch HD finally reaching our hands for one of the first full English-language reviews online.  If our initial video demos last week whetted your appetite, head over to part one and part two of our full review to really gorge yourself.  Meanwhile, to cheer up those in the US who are still smarting over HTC’s decision not to offer the Touch HD there, we reviewed AT&T’s newly released BlackBerry Bold.

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Nintendo DSi sells-out in Japan

Nintendo Japan prepared 200,000 DSi consoles ready for the Japanese launch of the handheld this past weekend, but even that wasn’t enough.  Sales figures released by Famitsu publisher Enterbrain indicate that, in the first two days of its availability, Japanese gamers snapped up 170,779 DSi’s.

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Nintendo DSi hits Japan Saturday, rest of world Summer 2009

Nintendo have confirmed that the DSi will go on sale in Japan from Saturday, November 1st, and in overseas markets by the Summer of 2009.  The news, from company president Satoru Iwata, clarifies Nintendo’s previous statements that the DSi would not reach the US until “well into 2009”.  In Japan, the Nintendo DSi will retail for 18,900 Yen ($192).

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Nintendo DSi hardware differences causing developer headaches?

Portable gaming confusion abounds, as an unnamed Nintendo developer claims that an upcoming game from their stable has been refused release due to “being incompatible with the DSi hardware”.  The DSi, Nintendo’s latest evolution of their handheld system, is supposed to be backward-compatible with all DS games (excluding those which require the GBA slot, as it no longer has one); however the developer is claiming that their new title, fine on the DS, causes system freezes on the DSi.

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Nintendo Points non-transferable between DSi and Wii

Nintendo Points non-transferable between DSi and Wii

At the launch of the Nintendo DSi last week the company also announced their DSi Shop and the rebranding of its "Wii Points" digital currency to "Nintendo Points".  We now know that doesn't actually mean the points are held in a universal bank; according to Siliconera once they're loaded onto, say, a DSi account, they can't be transfered to buy things for a Wii.

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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.

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