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Nintendo DSi: April 5, $169.99

That headline pretty much tells you everything you need to know, but hey, click through anyway!



OK, if you're looking forward to the impending North American launch of the Nintendo DSi and you somehow made it past this story's headline and that big image there without absorbing the release facts Nintendo announced today, I've further rendered them in the following haiku.

Out on April 5,
One-hundred sixty-nine bucks.
Black and blue; where's white?

Indeed, there appears to be no white DSi launching in April. Instead we've got that new electric blue version on the way, along with the standard black one. (I'll go for black.) Amazon is taking preorders as we speak, while Destructoid reports that GameStop will begin accepting your delicious, interest-generating early money tomorrow.

I was a little ho-hum about getting a DSi, because the cameras don't really excite me and the merit of the downloadable games service will only be proven after the system comes out and we see what kind of software gets developed. But I'm suddenly really excited about the DSi's support for WPA wireless security, as opposed to the DS Lite's relatively limited support only for the utterly worthless, outdated WEP standard. A couple weeks ago, I dropped my wi-fi router into WEP mode to connect my DS Lite to it, and within 30 minutes some delightful soul in my neighborhood had cracked the WEP key and started leaching my bandwidth. So if you're way into playing the DS online, and you care about keeping unauthorized heathens off your network, the DSi almost seems like a no-brainer purchase.

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OK, if you're looking forward to the impending North American launch of the Nintendo DSi and you somehow made it past this story's headline and that big image there without absorbing the release facts Nintendo announced today, I've further rendered them in the following haiku.

Out on April 5,
One-hundred sixty-nine bucks.
Black and blue; where's white?

Indeed, there appears to be no white DSi launching in April. Instead we've got that new electric blue version on the way, along with the standard black one. (I'll go for black.) Amazon is taking preorders as we speak, while Destructoid reports that GameStop will begin accepting your delicious, interest-generating early money tomorrow.

I was a little ho-hum about getting a DSi, because the cameras don't really excite me and the merit of the downloadable games service will only be proven after the system comes out and we see what kind of software gets developed. But I'm suddenly really excited about the DSi's support for WPA wireless security, as opposed to the DS Lite's relatively limited support only for the utterly worthless, outdated WEP standard. A couple weeks ago, I dropped my wi-fi router into WEP mode to connect my DS Lite to it, and within 30 minutes some delightful soul in my neighborhood had cracked the WEP key and started leaching my bandwidth. So if you're way into playing the DS online, and you care about keeping unauthorized heathens off your network, the DSi almost seems like a no-brainer purchase.

Posted by tekmojo

Way too much...for me.

Edited by Edgar
Tarsier said:
"200 dollars are you serious nintendo? "
Errr, are you serious? It's 170 dollars.
Posted by Alphazero

Finally I can play some more MarioKart online.... I haven't since I switched my wireless to WPA.

Always Be Driftin'.

Not that I'm getting one. I haven't been playing any MarioKart or anything else on the DS since the Q4 games started hitting for Xbox and PS3.

Posted by AndrewB

No, not $200. $169.99. That number isn't nearly close enough to round up. Although that number still isn't reassuring. There's no way Nintendo will be able to convince me to upgrade from my perfectly fine DS lite. The Wifi upgrade *would* perhaps be a good enough reason for me (I know, sad, isn't it?), but I read elsewhere that Wifi support will not be backwards compatible for older games, and newer games will have to be built to support it.

Posted by TomA

Awesome,i will definitely buy this,i've never owned a DS and i've been waiting for the DSi to get one, awesome!!!!!!!!

Posted by FCKSNAP

I might get one sometime this summer if I feel the downloadables are worth droppin mah PhatDS. Though I'm definitely getting one for my sister cuz she's asked me for a Lite and it's out a bit before her birthday.

Posted by TheMustacheHero

Hmmm, besides a camera, and new WiFi features is anything different? Like, better screen or quality of games?
sounds like a trap.

Posted by MasterOfPenguins_Zell

Oo, what color will I choose...

Posted by StarFoxA

Ha, sweet, it's coming out on my birthday.

Online
Posted by TabooTongue

All of my outfits match white, I won't be pulling a blue DS out of my pocket anytime soon. Also it depends a lot on homebrew apps being compatible. And will I still be able to go online with my opera cart?

Posted by MrMiyagi

Preordered the black one.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

I would only be interested in buying a DS again if the DLC was virtual console or something. Whether that be NES and SNES games, or just old GB games. Either would be neat to have. Otherwise I think I'll pass.

Posted by Wright

I still got my old ass phat, may be a good time to upgrade. Plus I don't like HEATHENS leeching my network!

Posted by WilliamRLBaker

lol nintendo likes revising their systems alot, as for that WEP paired with mac address filter=the shit.

Posted by Captain_Fookup

Really looking forward to this, last handheld I owned was a Gameboy Colour.

Posted by ashton

k i know im stupid for asking this question but i dont own a ds and have decided this will be my first one.  ive had my eye on some ds games but will this system play them?

Posted by Captain_Fookup
ashton said:
"k i know im stupid for asking this question but i dont own a ds and have decided this will be my first one.  ive had my eye on some ds games but will this system play them?
"
Yep.
Posted by Packfan104L4

So I can play Petz and Brain training?  No thanks.  I already have my Wii unplugged and covered in dust.  I don't need another "family friendly" product sitting next to it in a separate layer of dust.

Posted by Cheetoman

Yea, i dont think so

gonna go play SFIV and think this never happened
Posted by InFamous91

Great hehe...Im so getting the blue one

Posted by Aaron_G

I think I'll pass Nintendo. 

Posted by LiquidPrince
Aaron_G said:
"I think I'll pass Nintendo. "
Ditto.


Posted by Bullet_Jr

Count me out.

I sold my GBA for an SP, then my SP for a DS, then my DS for a DS lite. I think i'll end the cycle and enjoy the same tning, minus a camera.

Posted by strangeling

I still need more info before I make any kind of decision.  I definitely won't be picking it up at launch, maybe not until the first price cut.

Still have my "phat" and that's what I prefer, really.
Posted by MrKlorox
TheMustacheHero said:
"Hmmm, besides a camera, and new WiFi features is anything different? Like, better screen or quality of games?
sounds like a trap.
"
Er... yeah the screen is much larger.
Posted by WilliamRLBaker

This just in DSi will have retail games that cannot be played on any thing but the DSi, and this is to be expected but with more ram, high processor...ect expect to see games that do not take advantage of any of the DSi's other options but soley can only be played on it because of its ram...ect

Posted by Relys
Brad said:
"

OK, if you're looking forward to the impending North American launch of the Nintendo DSi and you somehow made it past this story's headline and that big image there without absorbing the release facts Nintendo announced today, I've further rendered them in the following haiku.

Out on April 5,
One-hundred sixty-nine bucks.
Black and blue; where's white?

Indeed, there appears to be no white DSi launching in April. Instead we've got that new electric blue version on the way, along with the standard black one. (I'll go for black.) Amazon is taking preorders as we speak, while Destructoid reports that GameStop will begin accepting your delicious, interest-generating early money tomorrow.

I was a little ho-hum about getting a DSi, because the cameras don't really excite me and the merit of the downloadable games service will only be proven after the system comes out and we see what kind of software gets developed. But I'm suddenly really excited about the DSi's support for WPA wireless security, as opposed to the DS Lite's relatively limited support only for the utterly worthless, outdated WEP standard. A couple weeks ago, I dropped my wi-fi router into WEP mode to connect my DS Lite to it, and within 30 minutes some delightful soul in my neighborhood had cracked the WEP key and started leaching my bandwidth. So if you're way into playing the DS online, and you care about keeping unauthorized heathens off your network, the DSi almost seems like a no-brainer purchase.

"
You should have totally reported or attacked him.

Anyways, I don't want a DSi, I'm happy with my DS Lite that can use a flashcart. (I use it for homebrew, more than I play games on my DS lol)

Posted by Media_Master

1. too much $$$

2. Colors are lame

3. Waiting for the true DS2

Posted by MadExponent

I have an original DS and I have Mario 64 and Resident Evil for it.  I am pretty much disgusted with how much milking Nintendo likes to do of the DS.

Posted by DuhQbnSiLo

Wow talk about overpricing...

(waits to see the incredible amount of people that are going to buy this)

Nintendo's reign is sad... they sell crap  over and over just cause of there name, i hate them

Posted by Cynical_M

eh..i never take my DS lite online....so i think i'll skip the upgrade.....

Posted by JJ

This was great news! I remember just last night that units for press/magazines/whoever were starting to make the rounds.


I'm getting one of these.
Posted by MackGyver

No thanks. I'm not convinced about the new features the DSi has to offer. My DS Lite works just fine and I LOVE the GBA port!!!!!

Posted by ThePrince

As of right now I'm saying I won't get one... But I'm sure I'll buy one at launch.

Edited by Davin

Yeah, uhm, no...I don't think so. I have a Gameboy Advance and then the SP came around, that was a nice upgrade and I had no issue plunking down more cash for a better screen and form factor. Sorry Nintendo, this time around it's not worth $170 more dollars. Not even close.

Edit: Yeah, I do have a Lite, and a fatty also.

Posted by Mjolnir

I'm getting a DS Lite for my birthday in March, and there's really nothing in the DSi's featureset that makes me want to wait for it instead. That extra $40 saved can go toward an actual game, like Final Fantasy IV.

Edited by Knives

I like my DSLite. Not worth upgrading.


Davin said:
"Yeah, uhm, no...I don't think so. I have a Gameboy Advance and then the SP came around, that was a nice upgrade and I had no issue plunking down more cash for a better screen and form factor. Sorry Nintendo, this time around it's not worth $170 more dollars. Not even close.
"
I assume you already have a lite, yes?
Posted by Systech

Glad I have a DS Lite.

Posted by Qorious

Eh... I think I'll pass.

Posted by logson

I fucking love the first comment.

Posted by bekern

When I first saw the DSi I thought they were so ugly, but that blue one's changed my mind. Still not getting one though.

Posted by MeatSim

No thanks, still not interested in the DS.

Posted by Metamorphic

This will or will not help: http://jeffsey.com/files/docupedia-hacking-help.wav

lol

Posted by ahoodedfigure

This is the one that doesn't have the GBA port, right?  I hope the ones with GBA ports will still be on sale, if this will be the last way to be able to play my old games without buying a new Gameboy Player and Gamecube...

Posted by ahoodedfigure

This is the one that doesn't have the GBA port, right?  I hope the ones with GBA ports will still be on sale, if this will be the last way to be able to play my old games without buying a new Gameboy Player and Gamecube...

Posted by Kush

I don't see why anyone would pay $40 more for this system over the DS Lite...

Posted by Kohe321

Don't think I'll upgrade.

Posted by SuperMooseman

The DSi is retailing in Europe on the 3rd of April for £150 in black and white. That's £50 more than what the RRP of the DS Lite is. I might consider it if I can sell my DS Lite for a good price, but until then, no thanks Nintendo!

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