An April 5, 2009 release date has been set for the next-generation Nintendo DSi portable gaming system, which will be available in blue and black colors for $169.99. Built into the system are the Nintendo DSi Camera, Nintendo DSi Sound and Nintendo DSi Shop. In fact there are two interactive digital cameras, one on the exterior and one located inside when the device is flipped open. The cameras feature 10 different interactive “lenses” which you can use to manipulate your photos, and then share the photos with friends. Another new feature, the Nintendo DSi Sound application, is both an interactive voice recorder and music player that allows you to play with music while you listen to it. For instance, you can manipulate audio filters, control the pitch and speed of recorded voice or music files, and change the tempo of a song. The device also has a mic located between the two screens, a stereo headphone output, and SD card slot for adding music. Expect game developers to take advantage of the interactive abilities Nintendo DSi in forthcoming games for the device.
The Nintendo DSi includes the Nintendo DSiWare application to help in downloading software and games using Nintendo DSi Points, with most Nintendo DSiWare games and applications to be available starting at 200 points. The DSi system can also play most Nintendo DS games, giving you about 850 titles to choose from.
On the April 5 Nintendo DSi release date, a new Nintendo DS game called "Rhythm Heaven" will also be released for the device.
Having sold more than 1.6 million copies since its July 2008 launch in Japan and still increasing sales today, this infectious game challenges players to tap and slide the stylus on the touch screen in time to original music created by legendary Japanese pop-star producer TSUNKU♂. Simple gestures with the stylus combined with fun music and quirky visuals make Rhythm Heaven a completely unique musical experience for players of all ages.