featured reviewjamacinman (1) on 31, Mar. 2009 23:50 (HKT)
This is much better!
I bought a original DS when is came out and it was big, heavy, and tough. I also bought a DSL and all the buttons broke on me. And i just bought the DSi and it is an amazing improvement. Its tougher lighter and all around better. I recommend this for anyone with JUMP ultimate stars. It makes it a lot funner.
- Enlarged screen (17% bigger at 3.25 inches)
- Reduced size (about 12% thinner)
- Two cameras built-in
- SD memory card slot (Allows you to save pictures and display them on the Wii™)
- Built-in browser function
- Built-in music playback function
- Download and store games on your SD card (Japan only!)
- Plays all Nintendo DS™ games!
- Does NOT support Gameboy™ Advance anymore!
descriptionThe Nintendo DSi is the long-awaited successor to Nintendo's popular handheld video game console. Compared to the Nintendo DS Lite, the NDSi features a 17% larger screen and a 12% reduced size at a weight of only 214 grams.Further enhancements include two built-in cameras, SD memory card slot (allows you to save pictures and display them on the Wii™) as well as built-in browser and music playback function.The new Nintendo DSi plays all Nintendo DS™ games. Gameboy™ Advance game playback is no longer supported though.
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I have recently been spending a lot of time with my older DS Lite and thought it would be nice to upgrade it to a DSi. After trying to get a second hand one in good condition I thought to check PlayAsia - and it turns out you can still get the Japanese language models new.
It truly is new in box like it has fallen through a time portal from 2009. It is also running it's original firmware, which is convenient for homebrew. I had forgotten what a fantastic upgrade the DSi was from the DS Lite. You lose a little battery life but it is still far more long lived than any of the current 3DS / 2DS handhelds. For that you get bigger screens, nicer layout, slimmer body and the ability to adjust the brightness on the fly. It's also great that it takes the same charger as my 3DS so I no longer need to carry the one for my DS Lite.
Setting up the Japanese model was quite easy - I managed to guess my way through although once I loaded up an English game I realised I had the date backwards. Easy enough to fix, and I can now recognize the Japanese symbols for day and month ;). One thing to note is that you can't use the camera unless you go through a very long tutorial on taking an image and making edits to it. Again, I had to guess my way through but it really wasn't that bad.
There is no region locking on NDS titles so now the console is set up I use it to play English games without needing to understand the UI.
Bought a second game console at a discount as a spare. Very pleased with the purchase.
Play-asia has been very supportive with my requests regarding this order, and the shipment has arrived even earlier than I expected. The product is brand new, factory fresh. The price was perfect too.
Amazing quality of product and the price was perfect. This console is a collectors item and comes beautifully packaged in bold red to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Mario.
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