DSi Launches This April Along With Rhythm Heaven

By Spencer . February 18, 2009 . 6:05am


Nintendo will release the Nintendo DSi in North America on April 5. The latest version of the Nintendo DS has a larger screen, two cameras, a music player, and lets users play new downloadable DSiWare games. The DSi will retail for $169.99, a $40 premium over the existing Nintendo DS Lite. An imported Nintendo DSi from Japan costs 18,900 yen or $204 going by today’s exchange rate.


Two Nintendo DSi colors will be ready for launch black and a new bright blue. When the system launched in Japan it was available in black and white plus came with 1,000 free DSiWare points. The announcement made by Nintendo of America does not mention this promotion.


Coming out on the same day as the DSi is Rhythm Heaven The upbeat title already sold 1.6 million copies in Japan under the name Rhythm Heaven Gold. Since Rhythm Heaven debuts here alongside the Nintendo DSi it’s easy to imagine Nintendo pushing both products at once.



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  • xHaseox

    zomg yay

    Day one on a blue DSi.

  • pressstart

    Man, how could they forget white? Didn’t they discontinue the white DS Lite too? I know I read the black DS Lites are discontinued though.

    I was going to get this the week it was released, but no white, no deal.

  • Pichi

    Nice to see blue. Might get one way down the line, but would love more different colors.

  • EX_Zephyr

    $170? No thanks Nintendo.

    • jarrodand

      Honestly, it’s cheaper than I expected. I’m more annoyed by the no show of Virtual Handheld releases. DSiWare is nice, but it’s way too puzzle/card game focused at this point…

      • daizyujin

        It may be cheaper than I had expected as well but compared to the PSP it seems particularly high. I know this has a touch screen and a minor amount of built in memory but from what I can see, it don’t appear that it comes even close to the technical capabilities of the PSP.

        • jarrodand

          Granted, though I don’t think PSP really makes for the best comparison (it’s vastly overpiced itself given the tech). DSi packs quite a bit in it over the DS Lite, more than I’d think a $30 bump reflects… truth is, Nintendo could get away charging far more.

  • Chow

    Whoo! Rhythm Heaven!

    DSi? Meh.

  • Kaoro

    I can’t seem to find information on whether this is a DS with new features, or a more powerful DS + new features with backwards compatibility.

    I’d consider an upgrade if this was a more powerful system with dedicated DSi games.

    • Pichi

      Not sure on how this measures up for you in that it has added features like the camera and a somewhat larger screen(probably more features than that, but can’t remember), but there is no GBA slot for backwards compatibility.

    • MadMirko

      You’d consider it an upgrade then. It has a faster processor, more RAM, and dedicated DSi games, as well as the new features like the cameras, SD card slot, better speakers, larger screens, etc.


    • Personally, I would consider it an upgrade without backwards compatibility. There are DSi dedicated games on DSiWare, but no full retail DSi only games have been announced. It sounds like they’re coming though.

      • MadMirko

        The press release confirms retail DSi games.

        “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. ”


        • Cool so retail games will show up. ^_^
          Honestly there isn’t much DSiware games that interest me so I do hope the retail ones would.

      • jarrodand

        It really seems like a half step successor imo. Much like GB Color was.

    • daizyujin

      Well Nintendo has kinda done this to themselves. Maybe the system is considerably more powerful but in the absence of software, it is impossible to know just how much of a jump the DSi is over the current system. DSiware is probably not a very good guage but since it is all we have to go on, I am not getting my hopes up. Afterall, it isn’t like the GC to Wii jump was anything significant either. Still, Nintendo didn’t sell the Wii while telling people to just buy Gamecube games for it so I am reserving judgement. It still seems to me to be more of a DS Micro than a DS2.

    • Kaoro

      Thanks guys!
      The prospect of enhanced DSi software sounds good. I doubt it’ll be any amazing increase in visuals but I just find that all these great games come out for DS while the awful 3D kills the immersion for me.

      Will be neat to see if/when developers take advantage of the (according the the Wikipedia page) much improved specs.

  • SteveJ

    My big question is, will downloaded software be tied to the hardware, just like the Wii, or will we be able to move the software from DSi to DSi? I think this is a huge issue. Maybe the Wii can get away with tying the software to the hardware, but that doesn’t work for something like the DSi. Sure, if you are single, it’s fine, but if you’re a Dad with two kids and they want to play some of your games and you want to play some of their games, just picture the pass the DSi hilarity. You have to pass DSi around to make sure you have the right DSi for the right game. It’s ludicrous. Yeah, you could buy the game multiple times, but then the value is lost. Compare to Apple where they allow you to install downloaded games (and other software) on up to 6 different iPhones/iPod Touches. You can even run the software on all of them at the same time. You can even play network games between them.

    • daizyujin

      This is pretty much the way Sony does it for the PS3 and PSP. Whenever you buy something it is valid on up to 5 separate machines. I can pretty much be sure Nintendo will not go this route. It is unfortunate, but not enough people seemed to care when the Wii was done this way so I don’t know what would make them want to change their minds. You are right though, it is not a very sound method. In fact it keeps me from purchasing downloadable games on the Wii. I have had the unfortunate fate of getting a defective system and I can attest that getting these switched over was a pain. That one was under warrenty so Nintendo switched them over but I was told on the phone under no circumstances that if I REPLACED my current system with a new one in the event that it dies that they would transfer any of my purchases. Considering both Microsoft and Sony have plans implemented for such a situation, it begs the question of why it hasn’t became a problem. At any rate, don’t hold your breath. They have yet to fix even the smaller issues like Wii storage. I don’t think they will go through the work of setting up user accounts that can tie purchases together.

    • Kaoro

      While I agree it would be nice to be able to use the downloaded software on multiple DSi’s in a household, if you consider the downloaded software just as any other physical media, it shouldn’t be that foreign to you. You’d have to buy multiple copies of the same DS card to play it that way.

  • Anna

    I like all of the things that it has. Cuz it is the best!!!!!!!!! lol!!!

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