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.
G4 made an interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, after the Nintendo’s Press Event in San Francisco (which was after the Japanese press conference). They talk about DSi and Wii among other things. (source: GoNintendo.com)
Yesterday I posted some YouTube videoes I found of the Nintendo Conference. Today I found a post on GoNintendo.com with the keynote from president of Nintendo of Japan, Satoru Iwata. The video have English voiceover (and matching slideshow), so it should be very watchable.
On YouTube I found this three part video of the Nintendo DSi announcement made on Nintendo’s Fall Summit in Japan on October 2nd. The video is in Japanese only, but as they say, the pictures speaks for them self.
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.