Con il comunicato stampa di seguito allegato, Nintendo ha ufficializzato la data di lancio e il prezzo consigliato per la sua nuova console portatile DSi.
In accordo al produttore, la nuova DSi sarà lanciata in esclusiva mondiale negli Stati Uniti il prossimo 5 di Aprile; il suo MSRP sarà pari a $169.99 mentre saranno due, blue e nero, le colorazioni almeno inizialmente disponibili.
La console DSi sarà retrocompatibile nella misura in cui i game scritti e commercializzati per l'attuale Nintendo DS saranno utilizzabili anche con la nuova DSi, che potrà vantare un pacchetto di tool con i quali gli sviluppatori potranno cimentarsi nella scrittura autonoma di giochi per questa piattaforma.
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Nintendo pioneered hand-held entertainment in the ’80s and made it fully
mobile with the Game Boy video game system. Now, Nintendo is
transforming the way people access, experience, create and share content
with the new Nintendo DSi system, the third iteration of the world’s
best-selling portable video game system. Nintendo DSi launches in the
United States on April 5, 2009, at an MSRP of $169.99. The colors
available at launch will be Blue and Black.
"Ever since the arrival of the first Game Boy, consumers worldwide have
turned to Nintendo for their portable gaming," said Cammie Dunaway,
Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.
“Nintendo DSi builds on Nintendo’s commitment to bringing fun and
creative entertainment to everyone, and will allow consumers to
personalize and share their very own experiences.”
Some features that will be built into the system and ready to enjoy upon
purchase include the Nintendo DSi Camera, Nintendo DSi Sound and
Nintendo DSi Shop. The most noticeable feature of the slim Nintendo DSi
system is its two cameras – one camera is on the external body, and the
second one points at the user when the device is flipped open. As the
first truly interactive digital camera in a video game system with 10
different interactive “lenses” that can manipulate your photos, the
Nintendo DSi Camera offers an easy way to take and share your photos
with family and friends. The cameras also present people with
unprecedented ways to interact with their games while giving developers
a new tool to devise creative games and experiences. If the touch screen
gave Nintendo DS a sense of feel and the microphone allowed it to hear,
the two cameras give Nintendo DSi the sense of sight.
Another enhanced feature is the Nintendo DSi Sound application, which
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 mic 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.
In the world of software, Nintendo DSi will be the platform for the most
relevant and fun on-the-go games and applications. The Nintendo DSiWare
application will populate Nintendo DSi with software that can be
downloaded using Nintendo DSi Points directly to the portable system,
just as WiiWare has with Nintendo’s Wii console. Developers big and
small are invited to create software that makes use of the properties
and functions of the hardware. Nintendo DSiWare games and applications
will be available at a range of values, starting at 200 points.
In addition to downloadable games, Nintendo DSi is able to play games
made specifically for the system and sold at retail. The system can also
play most Nintendo DS games, and will have access to a library of more
than 850 titles originally made for that system.
Also on April 5, a new Nintendo DS game, Rhythm Heaven, will join this
roster of games available for both Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DS owners
in the United States. Having sold more than 1.6 million copies since its
July 2008 launch in Japan and still increasing sales today, this
infectious game challenges players to tap and slide the stylus on the
touch screen in time to original music created by legendary Japanese
pop-star producer TSUNKU♂. Simple gestures with the stylus combined with
fun music and quirky visuals make Rhythm Heaven a completely unique
musical experience for players of all ages.
Additional features and news of Nintendo DSi will be revealed as April 5
approaches. For more information about Nintendo DSi, visit www.nintendodsi.com.
Source: Nintendo Press Release