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For $179.99 according to IGN rumor

According to IGN, three independent sources have told them that the revamp of the DS Lite is coming on April 4 for $179.99 for the United States.

Over a million have been sold in Japan, where sales were flagging due to so many Japanese citizens already owning a DS or DS Lite.

Nintendo's DSi handheld console looks similar to previous DS versions, but has two built-in 0.3 megapixel cameras.

Other features include a SD Card slot that can enable AAC audio playback, 256MB internal memory, as well as downloadable DSi games through the DSi Shop.  The two screens are also slightly larger at 3.25 inches. Battery life is reportedly lower by 25%.

The front slot for Game Boy Advance cartridges has been removed, removing compatibility for GBA games as well as the Nintendo DS Rumble Pak and Guitar Hero: On Tour series which use the handheld grip for playing.

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By Alphafox78 on 1/16/2009 1:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
is it just me or does that seem pricy? I know everyone just buys the newest DS (or gameboy) for some reason (I always used to!) but with the price of a PSP or even 360 (I know you cant really compare it to a console, but still) it just seems like way to much. maybe $120, but $180?? cumon

RE: $$
By mmntech on 1/16/2009 2:59:32 PM , Rating: 2
I always thought the DS was expensive given that past Gameboy models were usually around the $99 mark or dropped to that not long after release. For $20 more, you can get a PSP that includes a 1gb memory stick and two games. Nintendo's products are getting overpriced from a value perspective.

The DSi is also incompatible with Guitar Hero: On Tour since the Guitar Grip uses the GBA slot. Not exactly the smartest move given how popular the game is, unless Nintendo is going to release a new DSi specific grip.

RE: $$
By sprockkets on 1/18/2009 5:05:32 PM , Rating: 2
They probably will keep selling the DS lite alongside the DSi.

RE: $$
By shaw on 1/16/2009 10:24:00 PM , Rating: 2
Couldn't it be at least 1 megapixel?

By KingOfOldSkool on 1/17/2009 6:53:17 PM , Rating: 2
How does this make any sense at all? The DSi has marginal features that do not really appeal to its intended demographic.. and the ones that it would appeal to could spend an extra $20-$50 to get a more competent and fully featured handheld in either the PSP or iPod Touch. I mean, is it enough to really convince anyone who already has a DS to shell out even more than they did before for 0.3 megapixel camera, no GBA slot(add SD support only to take away other other game related compatibility..), and a lot less battery life?

By Fireshade on 1/21/2009 8:27:24 AM , Rating: 2
As always, content is the thing that drives sales of (handheld) consoles. Price of the console itself is not as important to sales as does available content.
I expect Nintendo to come up with some killer apps/games for the two cams to generate sales and so commercially justify the higher price.

BTW, the battery life of the DSi is not less, it's 25% more than the DS.

By Fireshade on 1/21/2009 8:28:20 AM , Rating: 2
BTW, the battery life of the DSi is not less, it's 25% more than the DS.

Strike that remark. I misread the article.

Two cameras?
By Steele on 1/17/2009 8:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
Why two 0.3M cameras? Why not a single 1M camera? Hell, why not one 0.3M camera? Why any cameras at all? I know cameras aren't really that expensive anymore, but I would never use the things. I never use the one in my phones... I know some do, but why would they need a pair of them?

RE: Two cameras?
By icanhascpu on 1/20/2009 4:18:34 PM , Rating: 2
One as a webcam, and one pointed as a normal picture camera.

A few things
By icanhascpu on 1/16/2009 4:20:21 PM , Rating: 1
Stop complaining about the price. Either youll get it, or you wont, Stop whining about it.

I do agree that the lack of the GBA port is a minus, but i would much rather have the memory port and music abilities and the bigger screens.

However the screens really should have been widescreen.

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