Nintendo inks 'Spring-Summer' DSi launch for Europe
Eairlier than expected
First shipments of Nintendo’s DSi handheld console could arrive in Blighty slightly earlier than expected, a company document has revealed.
An extract from a Nintendo document reveals the updated European DSi launch
The DSi – the latest model in the DS range – will now reach Europe and North America in “Spring-Summer 2009”, according to a product briefing document on Nintendo’s website.
Although the DSi was launched in Japan last November, the company’s President, Satoru Iwata, had previously said that it would land overseas as late as the summer of 2009, though he admitted that "an autumn or year-end launch would probably be too late” for the console.
The DSi beefs up the regular DS Lite's media capabilities with a three-megapixel camera integrated into the lid, a smaller one in the hinge, and a SD memory card slot built into the side. The console’s audio capabilities have been improved too, adding in the ability to adjust pitch and playback.
Although it’s still unknown how much the DSi will be sold for over here, it launched with a guide price of ¥18,900 ($195/£116/€154) in Japan. ®
Not too shabby.
I honestly would have preferred these advancements as a new crop of accessories for the Lite, this ain't a bad deal all things considered. I had, however, hoped that the third iteration would be a slightly taller, hi-res version, which integrated both both screens on one display panel, eliminating the hinge.
Battery drop is a disappointing, hey at least they let you change it out. I wonder if the base level is limitation of the lighting circuit or software imposed.