Here are some other quick hits on the DSi and other Nintendo news from around the web.
- Shacknews has a side-by-side comparison between the DSi and the boring old inferior DS Lite with a breakdown of what's changed.
- MTV's Stephen Totilo drops knowledge on DSi sales projections, audio playback capability, and the middling camera hardware, straight from Iwata's mouth.
- Multiplayer also has a full list of all the games announced and dated at today's media summit. Highlights include a third Mario & Luigi for the DS, a sequel to the Treasure-made N64 sleeper Sin & Punishment, and a new freaking Punch-Out!! game for the Wii. videogaming247 has shots of all the DS stuff.
- Want the DSi anytime soon? Ready your importing skills. It's out in a month in Japan, but way into 2009 in all other territories, says Reggie. Kotaku on this one.
- Maybe the biggest news from a purely nerdy perspective: Club Nintendo, the famed customer-rewards membership native to Japan, is finally coming to America. Club Nintendo ain't exactly your average frequent-flyer program; they've dished out some pretty impressive, rare Nintendo-related swag in the past. It's gonna be huge here. You know how Nintendo fans get.
- A new Wii Speak channel will let you chat with three other Wii owners using the new microphone. Details at 1UP.
- Lastly, videogaming247 shows off a bunch of high-res DSi hardware shots.
I think that's everything important. Did anyone else notice that it looks like the DSi has traded the Lite's glossy ("piano black") finish for a duller matte one like on the first DS? Hey, that means no more ugly fingerprints. I can feel good about owning a black DS again!
If you'll allow me to digress for a minute here, the other impressive thing Nintendo did today is succinctly prove why hulking trade shows like E3 are pretty unnecessary these days. Let's look at the investment they made. A short press briefing in Japan, and a rented hotel ballroom in San Francisco. Toss in a little online asset coordination and my RSS reader was absolutely bursting at the seams today with Nintendo headlines. It was like nothing else was even happening. All for a fraction of what you as a publisher would have to throw down to maintain a presence at a major trade show--and fight with all the other publishers there for headline space. This contrast is especially stark since we're going into the Tokyo Game Show next week, which Nintendo traditionally skips out on. After today's news extravaganza, it's not hard to see why.
I'll leave you with the announcement trailer for the sequel you never saw coming, Sin & Punishment 2.