According to IGN, the quasi-successor to the DS, the Nintendo DSi, will be available in North America in early April. The projected cost for the DSi is $179.99. Hit the jump to find out the good news and bad news regarding the DSi’s release.
So what is the DSi? It’s a newer model of the Nintendo DS, and plays the same games. It’s smaller, has an SD Card slot, some internal memory, a digital camera, and my favorite feature, the DSiWare store. As a DS owner, if you’ve ever been jealous of the Playstation 3’s PSN and the Xbox 360’s Live Arcade, don’t fret. You’ll be able to download and enjoy a bunch of games this year over Nintendo’s service. The advent of the DSi also means that the 2nd gen DS models will most likely be getting a price drop. There is a catch: No Gameboy Advance (GBA) slot, so it would be wise to get a backup Gameboy SP in case you want to play your current games. Personally, I’ll sell my DS and upgrade because I’m sure the DSiWare store will have add-ons for released games in addition to brand new titles.