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A black Nintendo DSi.

The Nintendo DSi (ニンテンドーDSi Nintendō Dīesuai?)[1] is the third version of the Nintendo DS handheld.[2] It was first announced in October 2008 and was available in Japan in November of the same year and worldwide in 2009/2010. Development of the DSi began in late 2006, shortly after the release of the DS Lite. A larger version of the DSi titled the Nintendo DSi XL was released in 2009/2010.


The DSi is about 12% thinner (2.6 mm) and the screen is about 17% bigger than the Nintendo DS Lite.[2][3] It has two Video Graphics Array (or VGA) 0.3 megapixel [2][4] digital cameras; one is pointed at the user and the other is in the outer shell.[5][6][7][8] The power switch is now a power button like the original Nintendo DS instead of a switch and is moved to the bottom to make it harder to bump by accident. It no longer has a slot to play Game Boy Advance games in and one will not be able to play games such as Guitar Hero: On Tour on the DSi because the game requires the slot and the download games.

Differences between the Nintendo DS Lite and Nintendo DSi

  • Bigger Screen: The DSi Screen is one quarter of an inch bigger than the DS Lite screen.
  • Lighter: The DSi is 4 grams lighter than the DS Lite.
  • Battery Life: The battery lasts between 1–5 hours less than the DS Lite.
  • Extra memory: The Nintendo DSi has a SD card slot, on which photos and music can be stored.
  • No Game Boy Game Slot: The DSi cannot play Game Boy Advance games and DS games that require the use of the GBA slot; this caused a lot of disappointment when it came out.
  • Camera: The DSi has two cameras, one on the inside and one on the outside and the photos can be put on the SD card and later printed.
  • Music Player: The DSi has an AAC player, for playing music, much like an iPod does.
  • Internet: The DSi has an internet browser that cannot watch videos, but can do everything else.


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