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New Nintendo DSi is out now

Last week the new Nintendo DSi handheld gaming console was released in the UK. The new device has been revamped and Nintendo is hoping for the new console to maintain its handheld console dominance.

The original Nintendo DS sold over 100 million devices worldwide and the new DSi is set to continue the trend. The DSi continues the same form factor of the original device, sporting the familiar folding style with two screens; the screens are slightly bigger: 3.25 inches compared to the 3 inches on the DS.

The Nintendo DSi is also 12% thinner than the DS and has two integrated cameras; a rear mounted 3 megapixel camera and a front facing VGA camera mounted on the hinge. There is also an advanced audio player to listen to your favourite tracks.

Nintendo has also stated that it will be extending their application shop, which will have programs specially made for the DSi for a small fee, and the DSi has an SD card slot to store them on.

Although the DSi is an upgrad from the original DS there are some downsides; the charging cable has been changed, so owners of the DS and DS Lite cannot use their cables as spares. The front mounted VGA camera is only a woeful 0.3 megapixels and probably won’t be used that much and the device is now no longer compatible with GameBoy Advance games.

The Nintendo DSi is available now in either white or black for £149.99 from all major retailers.

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