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    Wide Screen DSi - Japan Release



    Nintendo to Release New DSi in Japan, the DSi LL (DSi XL in the USA)

    US, October 26, 2009 - A new Nintendo DSi LL with a larger screen will be available by year's end in Japan, reports website Nikkei (subscription required).

    The report states the screen will now be close to the size of Sony's PSP, nearly double that of the current DSi screen area. This will not only allow for higher display of graphics and text, but possibly new applications as well, such as reading electronic books and watching video.

    The new DSi will be priced at 18,900 yen ($205 USD), the same as the current model at retailers. The report states Nintendo is considering releasing the new DSi overseas.

    Source - ign.com


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    On another note, Nintendo has reportedly selected Nvidia's Tegra processor to power its next-generation DS/DSi console.

    "Given the fact that Nintendo DS hardware is based upon 16-bit and 32-bit ARM cores, it looks like next-gen DS could be backwards compatible with the DS application library," Valich wrote on Bright Side of News.

    "All of the apps that came for old DS could run on a single ARM11 core, yet alone the next-gen CorTex-A9-based Tegra, leaving graphics subsystem to do 'something smarter.'"

    Valich explained that the second generation of Tegra chips could make an "excellent base" for the next-generation DS.

    "With Gen2 Tegra offering quite a graphics punch; GeForce 9 based hardware [CUDA-enabled design] should offer immense experience on small screens - we see no reason why you could not have4x Anti-Aliasing and 8x Anisotropic filtering on a dual-screen system," said Valich.

    Unsurprisingly, Nvidia has declined to either confirm or deny the rumored Tegra deal.

    Source - http://www.tgdaily.com
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    Here are some specs on the new DSi LL/DSi XL

    Basics
    The Nintendo DSi LL will be released in Japan on November 21 at a price of 20,000 ($218.50). It will be released in Europe and North America in Q1 2010. It is functionally identical to the current DSi, but features a larger body and larger screens.

    Size
    The DSi XL measures 161 x 91.4 x 21.2 mm (6.34 x 3.6 x 0.83"), 1.61x the total volume of the DSi, and 1.48x the volume of the DS Lite. It weighs 314 grams, compared to the DSi's 214 and the DS Lite's 218.

    Screens
    The screens are 4.2 inches diagonal. For comparison, the DSi's screens measure 3.25 inches, and the DS Lite's screens are 3 inches. Though there hasn't been a specific announcement about it, there is no reason to believe the screens will have a different resolution from the current DSi.

    Colors
    The Japanese version will launch in three colors: Wine Red, Dark Brown, and Natural White. No announcements have been made regarding color for any other region.

    Included software
    Preloaded on the internal memory: the DSi Browser, Flipnote Studio, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Meikyou Kokugo Rakubiki Jiten, a dictionary program.

    Accessories
    The DSi XL, like every other DS, includes a stylus that fits into the unit. The DSi XL stylus is 96mm long, just 4mm longer than the stylus on the DSi. The XL also includes a 129.3mm-long pen-shaped stylus, which does not fit inside the console. In addition, for the first time in the DS line, two DS models will share a common AC adapter. The DSi XL will use the same AC adapter as the DSi.

    Battery
    Despite the increased size of the displays, the battery in the DSi XL supposedly outlasts that in the DSi. Nintendo claims 13-17 hours of runtime on the lowest brightest setting, compared to 9-14 on the DSi. On the highest brightness, the DSi XL supposedly lasts 4-5 hours, one hour longer than the range for the DSi.

    Compatibility
    As a DSi, the XL will be able to play DS cartridges, including those designed only for DSi and those enhanced for DSi. It will also be capable of downloading and playing DSiWare. Like the current DSi, there is no slot for Game Boy Advance cartridges.

    Transfer of existing DSiWare
    Don't expect to transfer DSiWare purchases to the new system if you plan to upgrade. There is no end-user mechanism for transferring content from one DSi to another, and, at least in Australia, the process involves sending both a new DSi and your (broken) one in to have the company do it.

    Source - http://www.joystiq.com/2009/10/30/dsi-xl-faq-sized-up/
    Last edited by Stomp_442; 11-16-2009 at 03:32 PM.

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