Nintendo have apparently been pushing developers to create small-scale applications that could be distributed through the DSi Shop, once it launches in Europe and the US. According to one unnamed developer, the suggestion came at the Nintendo Developer Conference in London this week.
Nintendo Japan's DSi announcement this morning was all well and good, but the single picture they included to illustrate the three new DSi colors didn't really do the news justice. Now we have new pictures of the three color versions, and they're certainly strong shades.
More DSi images after the cut
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.
Video showdown after the cut
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.
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.
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".
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.