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Nintendo DSi Console - Black (with FREE Accessory Pack)

Released on 03 April 2009

4.0 out of 5 (22 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The Nintendo DSi will be available in black or white and is the thinnest and lightest member of the Nintendo DS family. The console is packed with new features that will excite fans of and newcomers to the Nintendo DS range. There are many ways to have fun with the Nintendo DSi, from creating, customising and sharing photos with friends and family or listening to and experimenting with your favourite music, to playing more than 1000 Nintendo DS games and downloading new DSiWare games directly onto your console. The Nintendo DSi also features built-in internet capabilities, meaning the fun begins the moment you switch it on!

The Nintendo DSi incorporates two cameras adding an entirely new dimension to gameplay on the Nintendo DSi. The cameras are able to accurately detect facial features and players' movements. Moving the upper body, hands, arms and head in front of the camera now means play can be directed by movement alone, bringing a whole new way of interacting with the handheld.

The Nintendo DSi has enhanced volume and sound quality so that users can experience the Nintendo DSi Sound application, as well as in-game music, at its best. As well as bringing portable music to the Nintendo DSi (as players will be able to play AAC-encoded music files on their console), Nintendo DSi Sound introduces new ways for Nintendo DSi users to experiment and play with sound and music - changing the pitch, speed and even apply effects to sound files that are played on the console.

You can customise your Nintendo DSi by downloading games and applications from the DSi Shop, in addition to being able to carry around your Nintendo DSi with your very own unique photos and music files. A variety of fun software will be available for download in the forthcoming months.

FREE Accessory Pack contains:

  • Black DSi case
  • USB car charger
  • USB data cable
  • Stylus x 2
  • Cleaning cloth

Console features:

  • Two motion-detecting cameras
  • Take shots using a range of 11 special camera effects
  • Save content onto an SD memory card, upload to your PC or Wii and share with friends and family using WiiConnect24
  • Enhanced volume and sound quality
  • Plays AAC-encoded music
  • Apply effects to sound files that are played on the console
  • Download DSiWare and customise your Nintendo DSi with games and applications from the DSi Shop
  • Matt finish and a full 12% thinner than the Nintendo DS Lite
  • Bigger, brighter 3.25" screen

customer Reviews

 Average rating (22 reviews)


| | See all ChrisJ91's reviews (31)

What a disappointment. This had sooo much potential-the camera, the media, the store, but nintendo have been too lackadasical in my honetsest of opinions. Yes, wow, two cameras-tw0 basic, less than bog standard cameras. For £150 rrp, I'd have thought they'd be more than VGA, not impressed, at all. I then thought thats ok, the SD slot allows media, but apparently, it only accepts AAC, and not MP3. Whos idea was that? Why isn't it included? Disappointing... But alas, we have the store. It's just not open yet. FOr crying out load nintendo, im dying here. I thought they were challenge the technological genious of the PSP, but they've been too lazy, like they always have with the DS, especially the original. Nice idea, but they could and SHOULD have done so much more.


| | See all Stokie1863's reviews (23)

Top 100 Games Reviewer

Picked up the new DSi on day of launch, and after the normal setting up and quick playing around i sat and had a good look at my new hand held, and to be honest i wish i had kept the DSlite, there are no big changes really, Yes there is a browser but its not that great, its the same as the browser on the wii, and yes there is a camera but it is a 0.3 mege pixel with no flash, and yes it has a SD slot for music and photo but it wont play MP3 files, So if you own a DSlite i would hold on to it for a while longer as there is no real up-grade, and also on the DSi you cant play your old GBA games, wish i saved my money and kept my DSlite

 Not worth it.

| | See all callan24's reviews (31)

For an extra £60 the DSi really isn't worth it. I don't know about you but i think DSlite is the perfect size, making it thinner and lighter in my opinion was a bad decision. This is one of the reasons why i don't like the PSP3000, it feels cheap. The DSi comes with a slow internet browser and childish photo editing software(Which is kinda pointless if you ask me). The camera isn't great either its just like your average mobile phone camera. Nintendo in my honest opinion have been lazy releasing this onto the market.

One positive to come from the DSi is that the DSlite's should be coming down in price in the future.

 new dsi

| | See all KRider's reviews (8)

wow it is fantastic apart from the same design from its older brother , other wise, nice touches to it , watch the trailer for it !

 Fantastic Console!

| | See all OliverMatthews's reviews (46)

Top 100 PC Reviewer

Hi, this is one of the best gadget around, but that is my opinion i will let u make up ur own mind with these points i have put together.

The dsi ware shop-Buy games with points from a card or bought with a visa card on the dsi using the internet. At the moment (when i wrote this review) there are only about 8 game in the Uk store, but in the future many more games are expected which utilizes the cameras.

Bigger screens-The screens are slightly bigger than those on the ds lite but slightly smaller than those on the original ds.

The cameras-Not only are they going to be amazing in new games expected to come out soon, but there are lots of affects u can play with built in to distort faces ect, the cameras that high quality but for games and fun tweaking they are fine.

Better Processor- sorry i cant be more helpful but i am aware the the processor is better shortening loading times ect.

Music-You can record your self and play with it in the music section or just play around with music you already have. You can play music but it does not play mp3 file music :(,

Better interface-The start up menu now contains lots of empty slots which u put games and apps in u get from the dsi ware store, much like on the wii. The interface overall looks nicer as well. You can move which apps u like better to the front e.g if you really liked the camera app u could put at the front so when u turn the console on it is on that app.

The memory card slot-You can now take photos and music with on a sd card as the gba slot has been replaced with a sd slot.

Internet browser-The browser does not come with the dsi but u can get it 4 free from the dsi ware store. It work fairly well with nice ds unique features it would be to complicated to try and explain so if u r interested look it up.

No gba slot-Yep for those of you who like their game-boy games there is no longer a gba slot. This also means that ds games that use the gba slot such as guitar hero are not compatible.

R4 not compatible-for those of u who used to use an R4 to get their games u will not be able to use them anymore.
Battery life shorter-The battery life is better on the ds lite than on this.

Much more expensive-At the moment the console is £50 more than the ds lite u r paying a lot of money. I see it as investment, at the movement £50 for a camera and a set of 8 games seems a lot, but in less than a year the shop will be full of games using the camera and music facilities. But if u r new on the gaming and tech scene i wud buy a ds lite as it would be cheaper and better, as all the main games r the same 4 all three ds's.

New accessories- Some people might look on the longer console and the bigger stylus as a good thing but it is highly probable that this has been done to make you buy dsi cases and dsi stylus instead of just normal ds accessories.

New look and no logo-The finish is now a rough plastic instead of the sleek look. In my opinion the smooth finnish is nicer but that is me. one good advantage of the rough finnish is that it prevent scratch and finger marks easier. There is no longer the ds logo on the front making it look slightly plane.

Slightly longer-The console is a little bit longer than the ds lite.

Button moves-The on button has been moved from the left side of the console to the top next to the touch screen. The volume button is now on the side instead of the bottom. The bumper buttons are also flatter, 4 those who use a playstation a good example would be saying the ds lite bumper buttons are like the r2 button and the dsi bumper buttons are like the R1 button.

Thanks for reading i hope that this review has helped decide to make the right choice for u.

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