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Nintendo DSi
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Created: 11/05/09

A great little piece of entertainment

From a gadgeteers perspective, the Nintendo DSi doesn't seem like it's all that: the cameras are incredibly low resolution, the internal memory is shockingly low to today's standards, and the system's capabilities couldn't hold a candle to the pure power of the iPod Touch. But from a gamer's point of view, the Nintendo DSi is a great little piece of entertainment, and an evolution of the immensely popular DS Lite handheld with additions that make a whole lot of sense. I'm a huge fan.

Nintendo and many of its third-party developers have proven that the existing Nintendo DS has what it takes to provide a unique, handheld gaming experience: by combining traditional D-pad and buttons with touch screen control and offering up a second display all in a portable form, Nintendo has created a unique platform that has the potential for game ideas that stray from the usual formula.

The Nintendo DSi doesn't break away from what's been working for the platform. Instead, the system adds functionalities that advance the platform and give it new capabilities that make sense. The cameras, for example, seem like a gimmick at first, but in the right hands they can open up brand new opportunities. While other systems have toyed with the camera idea for years, the DSI is the first gaming platform that includes cameras as standard. This means that developers can focus on its capabilities as a primary goal in their DSi titles instead of as an optional side project. The potential is there – it's a little disappointing that the Japanese system's been out for nearly four months and really only has Wario Ware Snapped! to show, but with the worldwide launch out of the way we're expecting big things out of the DSi's eyes in the near future.


The internal memory of the Nintendo DSi opens up the bigger picture: downloadable games. Now that developers can get their ideas into systems without having to go through the usual publishing chains, expect even more "out of the box" ideas to hit the handheld platform. For years game designers have been toying with the DS hardware in a variety of ways, but having their projects nixed by the higher ups because cartridges are expensive to produce and retailers aren't willing to risk stocking experimental products. Though the launch offering is a little uncreative, it won't be long before we start seeing some great concepts using the system capabilities.

Nintendo added functions to the DS platform without hurting what made the handheld popular: the size and shape of the system has stayed just as small, sleek, and durable as the DS Lite platform, something I consider already a great design. The only hard complaint I have is in material: the shift from the glossy surface to the matte finish makes fingerprints less obvious, but it's now more prone to scratches if you toss the device carelessly into a bag. It's still one tough little system, but it will now show battle damage more prominently.

The DSi is initially a tough sell to those content with the DS Lite – after all, the DS cartridges are still flowing to shelves at a steady pace and will continue to do so for months if not years from now. But when you look at the bigger picture – exclusive downloadable games, the ability to carry games and software inside the system, the opportunities for camera-based DS gaming – it's hard not to recommend putting down the cash for the new system.

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Created: 10/04/10

Nintendo Dsi

The Nintedo Dsi is a lot of fun. It's nice to have a game console to use while traveling or in your free time. It has a wide selection of games, including the ever historical collection of mario games. The graphics are quite impressive considering the size of the ds. Overall, I believe the ds is worth the price because the games and it's user compatibility make it simple and fun at all times.

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Created: 03/30/12

Would buy again

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Touch screen worked, software up to date, internet wifi properly functioning, game that came with it worked. It was well worth the value of the price. My daughter loves it and has been playing everyday.

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Created: 06/20/10

Nintendo DSI

me personally i don't care for the DSI or hand held game systems,but for what it is and if your into hand held systems this is a really good product. My girlfriend loves it,she also loves the PSP,by sony. These things last forever and never have problems,great for any age,lots of games and different.

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Created: 07/06/11

great product

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

My daughter was elated with her brand new dsi. She is 5 and uses it like a pro. I bought the dsi because of the different features and the cameras. I like that it is a fairly easy to use device.

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Created: 07/11/10

Excellent Game

My Granddaughter loves this game. She spends many hours on it. I approve of it,because it has numerous learning skills and the fact that she can take pictures, record and listen to music. Great compact all in one gaming system There are also many games available to use on this sytem.

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Created: 03/20/11

nintendo dsi

Very easy to use, my 7 year old breezes through it. Has parental controls to keep your kids safe :) Keeps the kids busy on long outings. Battery life is about two hours. Would recommend a car charger if you travel alot.

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Created: 09/09/10

Works great; a good buy

The used Nintendo DSi Pink was delivered as I expected. It was in good shape and worked as advertised. I decided to buy it because of the reduced price versus buying a new unit.

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Created: 03/14/11

good product dsi game

I liked it the game is fun and it is a good product. The only problem was that it took long to get to me since it came from china.

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Created: 01/09/12

Excellent

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

My daughter use it all the time. It is a great distraction for kids. Altough I do not like very much videogames, nintendo dsi is a great help when you are traveling, or when the kids are going to be many hours in the car. They never get boried playing with the dsi.

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