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Nintendo DSi software – region locked

Well, there goes my hope of importing Nintendo DSi. DSi software will be region locked, you will still be able to play DS games (they are region free). A Nintendo spokesperson told CVG (Computer & Video Games) that:

DSi software (software that is only compatible with DSi) is region locked, eg: European DSi software can only be played on European DSi consoles.

DSi is region locked because DSi embeds net communication functionality within itself and we are intending to provide net services specifically tailored for each region. Also because we are including parental control functionality for Nintendo DSi and each region has its unique age limit made by different independent.

I was hoping the DSi would be region free. So there’s goes the chance to import cheap DSi titles.

The new DSi announced

Today, Thursday October 2nd, Nintendo announced on a press conference (Fall Summit) in Japan, the new DSi. The new DSi will be 12% thinner than the DS Lite. The GBA slot is removed, it will have two cameras (one VGA), the screen is 3.25 inch (about 17% bigger than on the DS). The DSi will have a SD card slot for storage, a built-in browser (I read somewhere that it was Opera). You will be able to download DSiWare at 200, 500 or 800 Nintendo points (GBP 1.70 / 4.25 / 6.80).

The Nintendo DSi will be out in Japan on November 1st, 2008. And it will probably hit Europe some time in the Spring 2009. It will cost around ¥189,000 (approx. US $178) and the DSi will come in Black and White.

Source: IGN.com, Kotaku.com, Eurogamer.net, Joystiq.com

Official DSi page

DSi details, taken from N-Europe.com:

  • Two 3.25-inch screens – 17% bigger than the DS Lite model.
  • One 3-megapixel camera, maximum resolution 640×480 (photos editable using stylus).
  • No GBA support…
  • … replaced by an SD slot!
  • Overall 12% thinner than the DS Lite.
  • Opera web browser now built-in as part of the firmware.
  • Downloadable games, known as DSiWare (storable on SD)
  • Some DSiWare free, others will cost 200/500/800 Points, with 1000 initially free to all.
  • Improved audio capabilities – pitch and playback options added.
  • Releasing in black and white “flavours”.