If only the DS Store would evolve into something more like PSN so you could buy older DS titles that you can't find anymore online. Now THAT would be awesome.
The Cameras and Picture Editing
The Nintendo DSi comes with two built-in cameras. One camera, located in the top cover, is designed to point outward, while the second camera, sitting on the inner hinge next to the microphone, points right at you. The DSi comes with new camera software that lets you take and save pictures on your system. The resolution for both cameras isn't very high at 640x480, but it's enough for the DSi display screens.
Hitting the left or right shoulder buttons from the menu screen takes you into snapshot mode, where you can take pictures. A button in the lower right corner of the touch screen lets you swap between the inward- and outward-facing cameras. You can also take pictures from within the camera software.
The software gives you several photo editing options that can make manipulating images even more fun than taking them. The editing options run along the top of the screen, making it easy to jump to each effects menu while working on a picture. The draw option lets you free-write on pictures and add premade graphics, such as hearts, stars, or chat bubbles.
Other menu options allow you to distort the image, add a Mario mask, adjust the tint, and add kaleidoscope effects. The software can also locate faces automatically. One feature lets you add graphics, such as a mustache, cat ears (with whiskers), or sunglasses, on a face that will track the subject as he or she moves around the screen. A second option lets you take pictures of two people and morph them together. However, the morphing effect looks more like a dissolve wipe video cut than an actual A-to-B morphing sequence.
The DSi's new menu system considerably improves on the original. By default you'll boot into the menu screen, and from there you'll initially be able to choose between Settings, DS card, Camera, Music, DSi Shop, Network, and PictoChat. You can use the touch screen to scroll left or right along the menu and rearrange the layout by dragging around the icons with the stylus. System menus and programs each get their own spot on the menu bar similar to how programs get their own Wii channel slots on the Wii. New programs will appear on the menu as they're installed. The menu comes populated with Settings, DS card, Camera, Music, DSi Shop, Network, and PictoChat. Swapping games in and out is also easier now because you don't have to power off the system. New games will automatically appear in the DS card area in the system menu. The DSi supports both WEP and WPA security over Wi-Fi.
Gonna get one for Christmas. I'm going to piss off everyone on the bus when I screw up their photos.
decided to get this for my birthday, I've never tried a ds, always had a psp so yah. December seems to be sooooo far. =[
I'm going to be going to college soon, and I was wondering if anyone knew wether or not you can set a password so no one can ascess your DSi? Please answer!!!
to moonlightbass it helps to go this link http://www.askvg.com/how-to-convert-mp3-wav-and-other-media-files-into-aac-or-m4a-formats-using-itunes/ it will tell you how to use itunes to turn your library of music from mp3 to AAC, hope it helps. p.s Just got my dsi it really is a cool system that I can see myself playing for a while.
This looks like it rocks, I just have to wait for my birthday (so far away I feel so cold......so.....col...d)
Does anyone know if DSi Points a separate thing from Wii Points or if they are interchangeable like Microsoft Points (Xbox/Zune)?
I have a DS Lite, and have loved playing it. I think, however, I would enjoy the DSi more because all the new functions, as well as, being able to switch cartridges while on. The DSiWare feature seems really cool. I want one!
i have a DSlite and my girlfriend bought a DSI. Sorry Nintendo but these cosmetic changes dont justify me spending another $170 on ANOTHER DS. Besides ill just play my girlfriend's.
i love it more than my PSP, which is a feat, as you can probably tell by my screen name btw, i would like to see a world of goo port go to the DSi store, that would be awesome
I'm happy with my DSi, it feels much easier to hold for me and the different screen brightness settings are great. I'm a little disappointed about the fact that current DS games don't work with the WPA2 encryption which means I'm still using the USB adapter.
I'm honestly happy with the original DS. I know the Lite has a brighter screen and longer battery life, and the DSi has all these brand-new updated features, but when you think about it, the Lite is too small for some people (like myself), and the DSi's battery won't last nearly as long. Add to that the fact that the DSi removes the GBA slot (what will happen to Guitar Hero?), and I've concluded that neither are worth buying to me right now.
At first I thought it wasn't enough difference than my original DS to invest in, but how wrong I was!
dsi vs. ds lite/orginal ds? i had my hands-on feel and look and experience on the dsi from my cousin, who owns it, and i was a tid bit impressed. i looked all around, and felt the dsi. i think this system has no change other than the new apps. there are some good things about the dsi. one of those things are the new features added on the dsi such as the two cameras, voice recognition/music, nintendo ds shop.im especially impressed with the ds shop. now, in my opinion, there may not be anymore R-4's to redistribute. the camera. another thing is that the screen is much bigger and wider.many people can not see the good quality it has now. the last good thing is the power button is not a slider anymore and is located at the lower left of the touch screen. i never liked those sliders. anything can happen. the bad thing is the power button is too small, is no gba slot. most of the good games are on the gba.... why take that out nintendo. now pokemon fans cannot get magby or elekid anymore since the gba slot is gone, unless you could buy leafgreen and firered on the ds store. and for the power button, its too small my fingers cant turn it on. its like for small handed people. all in all, i think that the dsi is for people who do not have a wii and not planning to buy one because of the ds store.... thats what i think.
i didnt buy any of the ds or ds lites, so today i desided to get a dsi and man im really happy with it :D definitly not knocking the old ones but if you dont have any def get the DSi
The only reason I may consider buying a DSi would be for the new games that incorporate the "fancy" camera(s). Other than that, it just looks like another money making brick for Nintendo. If it could boast a processing power and graphical capabilities equal to a PSP then by all means buy it. Otherwise, fanboys should just be happy with their Lite, or Chunky DS.
The DSI looks like an interesting console but I think most people will be just as happy with their DS Lite.
the only thing that im going to worry about is teh boosted ram and processor, because that means it will be able to handle more in gaming. people are already saying they are going to put zelda OoT and zelda MM on the line and it should be able to with 16mb ram. the only reason i would really even bother getting this is to mod the hell out of it xD but im happy with my crimson black lite and my original silver i got first release, i think i can wait awhile before ill need to bother getting this and by that time teh price will fall and a new ds will be out fixign the things this one should of fixed and added but they always need something for the next release to make it at least APPEAL to be more - Camra: pfft, who doesnt have a cell, and it goes higher res - wii shop thinger?: cool but you've been able to do that with certain cards for years on normal ds's, and they play mp3's not just those crappy itune formats. just doesnt seem like i should bother because theres just going to be another one in a year or two, might as well wait for the better and hope its BETTER
OK, I see everyone's point. To the cell phone comment, you will pay 300 to 400 for a cell plus the fees pre month to the cell company. So this is a cheaper alternative to that. Yes, it freezing but every new system has it bugs. You can surf the internet, for quick thing. I'm going on a trip i really don't want to lug my laptop around to be just checking email and surfing the internet. I upgraded from the old (fat ds) to this one and i'm very happy.
Generally I consider Nintendo innovative, but with this I would have to say it's nothing amazing. Most cell phones have internet, camera, and/or music playability. The small modifications you can do to media is limited and really isn't worth the \\$170 dollars it costs in the United States. Maybe the shop will show some enlightenment for me, but as it stands its not worth upgrading if a DS I already have lasts longer in battery life and still plays DS games (which is what you buy a gaming system for) freakbabyblues-- "So far I've yet to see an unsatisfied customer" thedragon99-- "i agree with MasterKarl i mean i got mine yesterday and its like a rubish pc that keeps freezing i can play games but use the internet i dont think so come on nintendo the DS was better than this" I would have to say that you didn't read lower freakbabyblues. :D
@vincentga Wow, did you just call Bill Gates miserly? The man quit his job at Microsoft to do philanthropy work full time. He's given half his net worth ($28 bil) to charity according to Business Week. http://bwnt.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/philanthropy_individual/