Nintendo announced this week that their much anticipated DSi launches in the United States on April 5th with a sticker price of $169.99. Initially, there will only be two colors available at launch - Blue and Black.
Features that come built into the system include two cameras (one on the external body and the second pointing at the user when the DSi is opened) Nintendo DSi Sound and Nintendo DSi Shop. The DSi Sound feature serves as both an interactive voice recorder and music player that allows users to play with their music while they listen to it. Users can access different audio filters or control the pitch and speed of recorded voice or music files to alter voices or change the tempo of a song. The microphone is located between the two screens when the device is flipped open, and there is also a stereo headphone output that lets users listen to music saved on an SD card, even with the screen shut.
Direct game downloads will also be a big part of the DSi’s future. Nintendo is spending a great deal of time, money and effort on their direct download approach. The Nintendo DSiWare application will allow users to load Nintendo DSi with games using Nintendo DSi Points directly to the portable system, just as WiiWare has with Nintendo’s Wii console. Look for their direct download library to grow rapidly.
Nintendo will also be rolling out Rhythm Heaven for the DS and DSi on the same day. While we at MWN haven’t seen it yet, the game has sold more than 1.6 million copies since its July 2008 launch in Japan. It is a touch screen “tap and slide” game where you