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DSi Release Date Set for Australia

by Francesca DiMola - February 20, 2009, 10:03 am PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Press Release

The system will be available for purchase this April with an AU SRP of $299.95 and a NZ SRP of $375.

Nintendo of Australia officially confirmed yesterday that the DSi will release in Australia and New Zealand on April 2. Featuring 17 per cent larger screens than the original DS, upgraded speakers, SD memory card slot, and the ability to download original titles through the DSi Shop, the DSi offers significant improvements of the prior iterations of the DS. In addition to the exclusive DSi Shop titles, DSi-specific retail games will also be released.

Players will be able to take use of the various new software upgrades of the DSi as well. An enhanced version of PictoChat will be available where users will now have the option of drawing with a rainbow colored pen in addition to the standard black. Players can also use the included camera to take and store photographs as well as utilize the camera's eleven different lenses to, among other options, distort and morph images.

Finally, users can play and store music through use of the SD card slot and will have the option to slow down tracks. The microphone will also allow players to record and edit their own sounds.

The DSi is compatible with all original DS and DS Lite titles, but due to the removal of the GBA slot, those games will no longer be supported. Available in matte white or matte black, the DSi will be on shelves for AU SRP $299.95 and NZ SRP $375.

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Nintendo DSi is Coming…

February 19th, 2009 / News

Nintendo Australia announces that Nintendo DSi™ – an upgrade to the Nintendo DS® hand held console – will hit shelves in Australia and New Zealand, and you can get your hands on one on 2 April 2009.

Nintendo DSi has something for everyone, containing more functions to bring you more fun! Keep a photo diary via your Nintendo DSi Camera; store and play music with Nintendo DSi Sound; or why not browse the web on your Nintendo DSi via the Nintendo DSi Shop! New features include larger LCD screens, SD memory card slot, improved speakers and a slimmer unit.

Take photos with your Nintendo DSi Camera and manipulate and play with the images – real-time interactive imaging software makes the photo taking experience different from that offered by any other portable device. With 11 different types of lenses to choose from, edit, morph and distort your photos. You can even use the merge lens to blend two faces together! Watch slideshows of your photos, store your photos on your Nintendo DSi and exchange photos with other Nintendo DSi users.

Store and play music with Nintendo DSi Sound. You can also play with any music that you have on an SD memory card – make your favourite songs play faster! Learning a foreign language? Slow down the playback of someone speaking in that language so it’s easier for you to learn! You can also record sounds using the microphone, and edit them to create new sounds.

Get your Nintendo DSi online via the Nintendo DSi Browser which will be available as a free download at launch. You can then purchase Nintendo DSi software via the Nintendo DSi Shop. By purchasing a Nintendo Points Card – formerly a Wii Points Card – you can then use your points to download software – Nintendo DSiWare – in the Nintendo DSi Shop. Nintendo DSiWare will be available in four different price categories: free, 200 points, 500 points, and 800 or more points.

Nintendo DSiWare will not only be games you can download, but also practical applications. Nintendo will launch a variety of applications, giving you the option to download the applications that work for you. This will further personalise and enhance the functionality of your Nintendo DSi.

The new features also include the dual LCD screens being 17 per cent larger than those on the Nintendo DS and PictoChat is now available in colour as you can choose between a black or rainbow pen!

Nintendo DS software is compatible with Nintendo DSi, except for software that requires the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot, as this has been removed resulting in a slimmer Nintendo DSi.

Available in matte black or matte white, inclusive of built in memory, Wi-Fi functionality, calendar with memo function and touch screen, Nintendo DSi is a more portable, personalised experience.

It’s your Nintendo DSi.

AU SRP $299.95 / NZ SRP $375.00 (NZ price is based on current exchange rate

Talkback

TJ SpykeFebruary 20, 2009

For those wondering, those prices in US dollars are $193.46 (Aus) and $191.99 (NZ).

RABicleFebruary 20, 2009

Fucking joke price. iPod Touches are $325 and PSPs $300

Mop it upFebruary 20, 2009

Why do even Australia and New Zealand get this before North America? That's not even fair!
...Not that I really care, just pointing out an injustice.

TJ SpykeFebruary 20, 2009

Maybe Nintendo wants to even it out after we got the Wii and the original DS first. Nintendo of America sucks lately though. No Disaster: Day of Crisis, no Fatal Frame IV (yet). Not to mention we never got the Tingle DS game, Doshin the Giant for GameCube. They seem to be slacking off.

Off topic, but I FINALLY managed to get a copy of Wii Fit. I was at Best Buy and they had a stack of like 4 or 5 copies, first time I ever actually saw any copies in stores.

Man oh man the DS is actually going UP in price just like the XBox 360 was a while ago!

blackfootstepsFebruary 23, 2009

Quote from: Chessa

An enhanced version of PictoChat will be available where users will now have the option of drawing with a rainbow colored pen in addition to the standard black.

+1 sale.

Seriously the DSi is $110 more than the DS? There's no way that I'm getting one.

And Mop_it_up clearly you've never experienced Aussie release date delay syndrome. 3 days is nothing compared to, for example, the 5 months for the N64, the 4 months for Brawl.

NinGurl69 *hugglesFebruary 23, 2009

What about Trauma Center: Second Opinion?

blackfootstepsFebruary 23, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

What about Trauma Center: Second Opinion?

Ahaha yes it was like 2 years or something!

KDR_11kFebruary 23, 2009

300 AUD come out as 150 EUR according to Google, that's what a DS Lite costs here.

RABicleFebruary 23, 2009

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Why do even Australia and New Zealand get this before North America? That's not even fair!
...Not that I really care, just pointing out an injustice.

Get the fuck out. You think you're entitled to electronics earlier because you're American?

StratosFebruary 23, 2009

I glad to see you guys get to have something before or at the same time as us Americans.

It is ridiculously unfair; both your release imbalance and current pricing issues. Didn't Rock Band 1 come out after Rock Band 2 did everywhere else and cost a ridiculous amount more? I thought things like digital D/L's were supposed to make the different territories more balanced playing fields.

On the matter of Aussie gaming, do any of you follow Yahtzee? I know he is currently based in Australia and has done several events around the country from time to time.

Mop it upFebruary 23, 2009

Quote from: RABicle

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Why do even Australia and New Zealand get this before North America? That's not even fair!
...Not that I really care, just pointing out an injustice.

Get the fuck out. You think you're entitled to electronics earlier because you're American?

Calm down dude, I was being facetious. Or at least I thought I was, as most people don't seem to appreciate my humour... :-\

StratosFebruary 23, 2009

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Quote from: RABicle

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Why do even Australia and New Zealand get this before North America? That's not even fair!
...Not that I really care, just pointing out an injustice.

Get the **** out. You think you're entitled to electronics earlier because you're American?

Calm down dude, I was being facetious. Or at least I thought I was, as most people don't seem to appreciate my humour... :-\

The internet filters out around 70% of what we say thanks to the loss of our non-verbal cues.

blackfootstepsFebruary 24, 2009

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Quote from: RABicle

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Why do even Australia and New Zealand get this before North America? That's not even fair!
...Not that I really care, just pointing out an injustice.

Get the fuck out. You think you're entitled to electronics earlier because you're American?

Calm down dude, I was being facetious. Or at least I thought I was, as most people don't seem to appreciate my humour... :-\

Us Aussies are touchy as when it comes to release dates.

vuduFebruary 24, 2009

They also don't like you making fun of their funny accents or the babies getting eaten by dingos.

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