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Nintendo DSi facts for kids

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The Nintendo DSi (ニンテンドーDSi, Nintendō Dīesuai) is the third version of the Nintendo DS handheld. It was first available in Japan in December 2008, and in other regions in April 2009.


The DSi is about 12% thinner (2.6 mm) and the screen is about 17% bigger than the Nintendo DS Lite. It has two Video Graphics Array (or VGA) 0.3 megapixel digital cameras; one is pointed at the user and the other is in the outer shell. The power switch is now a power button like the original Nintendo DS instead of a switch and is moved to the bottom to make it harder to bump by accident. It no longer has a slot to play Game Boy Advance games in and one will not be able to play games such as Guitar Hero: On Tour on the DSi because the game requires the slot.

Differences between Nintendo DS lite and Nintendo DSi

  • Bigger Screen : The DSi Screen is one quarter of an inch bigger than the DS lite screen.
  • Lighter : The DSi is 4 grams lighter than the Nintendo DS lite.
  • Battery Life : The battery lasts between 1–5 hours less than the DS lite.
  • Extra memory : The Nintendo DSi has a SD card slot, on which photos and music can be stored.
  • No Gameboy Game Slot : The DSi cannot play Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games; this caused a lot of disappointment when it came out.
  • Camera : The DSi has two cameras, one on the inside and one on the outside and the photos can be put on the SD card and later printed.
  • Music Player : The DSi has a AAC player, for playing music, much like an iPod does.
  • Internet : The DSi has an internet browser that cannot watch videos, but can do everything else.

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See also

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