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Lots of new Nintendo DSi info! (It’s out in Japan now, coming to US in Summer)

Lots of new Nintendo DSi info! (It’s out in Japan now, coming to US in Summer)

by Hassan AhmedOctober 31, 2008


It’s already November 1st in Japan, so the Nintendo DSi has officially launched in Japan. I posted a huge article with everything we knew about the Nintendo DSi recently, and if you missed it, make sure to check it out here. But since then, plenty more has been revealed, so it’s time for me to compile all the information, pictures, and videos here. After reading all about it, I really want one, and it seems we won’t have to wait as long as we thought. Satoru Iwata recently said that “an autumn or year-end launch would probably be too late” and so a Summer release for the US is likely.

Anyways, there’s lots to post, so you’ll have to hit the jump to read all the new details.

All the new info is below, and then you can view pictures and videos below as well.

– Miyamoto mentioned that while you’re listening to your audio tracks on the DSi, you can press buttons and play drums along with the music.
– The main reason the SD card slot was added to the DSi was because of Miyamoto. He said it was necessary to have and would be able to show why the DSi needed it. Sounds like he has some interesting ideas in his mind to me.
– The original prototype for the Nintendo DSi had two software slots. Could that mean it had a DS and a GBA slot too? Regardless, they thought it was bulky and so the second slot was of course removed.
– The Nintendo DSi is compatible with SDHC memory cards
– Opera license doesn’t have flash written anywhere, so it probably can’t play flash
– Wi-Fi seems to be the same connection strength
– The unit’s weight is 214 grams and the unit’s size is 74.9 mm x 137 mm x 18.9 mm
– The screen resolutions are the exact same as the DS Lite (256 x 192), so the only difference in the screen is that it is slightly larger.
– The codename for the DSi was likely Twilight since its model number is TWL-001
– By tapping the power button, you can go back to the main menu. That way, you can switch games without having to turn the power off. You hold down the power button to turn it off.
– You can adjust the brightness anytime by holding select and then + or – on the volume switch
– You can mute your DSi by holding the – on the volume switch and then pressing the power button
– The DSi will have firmware updates, just like Wii
– Those looking to play homebrew seem to be mostly out of luck. CycloDS, G6 DS Real, M3 DS Real, Supercard DS One, iTouch DS, FCard, NCard, M3 DS Simply, U2DS, R4DS, and EZ Flash V don’t load on the DSi, the auto booth Flash cards won’t load at all, and the non-auto boot ones give an error on boot from the main menu.
– The Japanese DSi can only be in Japanese, unlike the DS and DS Lite which had the option to change the language.
– English DS games CAN be played on a Japanese DSi. The only thing that is region locked is the DSi Shop.
– DSiWare launches in December in Japan
– New Art Style games announced for DSiWare. There will be 6 of them (4 of them are new), for 500 Nintendo DSi Points each
– Minigames (Not the microgames, but the minigames you unlock) from Made in Wario (a.k.a. WarioWare) for the GBA will be split up and sold separately for 200 Nintendo DSi Points each
– Train line maps will be available for DSiWare
– Utsusu! Made in Wario was announced for DSiWare. You can take pictures of yourself and use your silhouette as the character. It will cost 500 Nintendo DSi Points and will be up on the DSi Shop’s launch at the start of December

Nintendo DSi Guide:

Art Style DSiWare:

Made in Wario minigames for DSiWare:

Train line maps:

Utsusu! Made in Wario for DSiWare:


SD card slot pictures:



The box:


DSi’s AC Adapter:


Power button:

Wi-Fi, Charger, and Power icons:

DS game slot:

L button with camera icon:

Japanese version of Phantom Hourglass on the DSi’s main menu:

English version of Phantom Hourglass on the DSi’s main menu:

Instruction manual:

DSi info video and more videos below.

DSi Sound Demonstration:

DSi Camera Demonstration:

DSi Browser Video 1:

DSi Browser Video 2:

DSi Browser Video 3:

[Via Go Nintendo, NeoGAF\, and Tiny Cartridge]

About The Author
Hassan Ahmed
In June 2008, Hassan was offered a position at NintendoFuse, and he accepted it right away. He is a big Nintendo fan, and has owned every handheld since the Game Boy Color and every console since the Nintendo 64. Hassan's philosophy is very simple: "fun". He plays video games to escape from life for a while and just relax and enjoy. As a blogger, Hassan's focus is to provide the most detailed news articles and hands-on impressions that you will find anywhere. The more information that he can provide to the fans and readers, the better. And to further expand on his philosophy of fun and his detail-oriented goal, Hassan started up the NintendoFuse Podcast in September of 2009. Hassan has been blogging for NintendoFuse since June 2008, and he enjoys being a part of this wonderful community. He hopes to provide you with the latest and greatest Nintendo news and rumors, as well as hands-on impressions, with as much detail as possible to benefit the fans and readers.
  • October 31, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks, DarkWish. It helps so much having this all in one location.

    One thing I’m wondering is if you can take photos with the lid closed… Not that it’s necessary (or even practical w/o a viewfinder or screen) but something I’ve been curious about.

  • DarkWish
    November 1, 2008 at 1:04 am

    @hattrick: No problem. I’m glad this is helpful. Look for a third compilation post probably on Monday or Wednesday (I’m busy Tuesday) once we get more impressions and info.

  • November 1, 2008 at 2:44 am

    LOL~ We joked about the codename calling it “Towel”, “Twinkle”, “Twiddle”, “Twingle” as in Tingle from the Zelda series, and “Twirl” and all that. I think the best one to the codename came out to be “Twili” which represents the citizens of the Twilight World.

    Looking forward to those Art Style games. One of them looks to be Coloris. I’m also a fan of WarioWare and just Wario in general.

    Can’t wait to play Order of Ecclesia and Phantom Hourglass on those smexy screens.

    // Roth

  • Heather
    December 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Got a hold of a japanese style new Netindo DSI-just wonder if you could translate the screens for me?

  • ADAM
    April 2, 2009 at 9:12 am

    THAnks ALOT my dad might be getting me a DSi Soon

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