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Kindle’s Free Internet Support Makes Iwata Interested in the Technology

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has told the Financial Times that his company is “interested” in what Amazon has done with allowing customers who bought the Kindle, the digital E-book unit, have access to the internet without having them have to pay for a service. Amazon allows Kindle users to download books and access the Internet using Whispernet, which is done by communicating with the Sprint EVDO network. Meaning, if someone buys the Kindle, they can download a book for a price from anywhere, without paying for an ISP. “I’m interested because it’s a new business model in which the user doesn’t bear the communications cost,” he told the Times.
People who already own the PSP and/or the DSi and want to download a game instead of purchasing one in a actual store, needs to be connected to a WiFi service. What’s intriguing to Nintendo and other companies (I assume) about the Kindle, is the ability to download a title from anywhere. People who don’t have a WiFi setup, would be able to take advantage of a digital only world and not have to worry about any extra cost.
I also feel this wouldn’t be just limited to a handheld. A big argument some analysts make about videogames or other forms of media being distributed by digital means, is the fact some people don’t have broadband access, especially in rural parts of the country. By having some kind of free ISP or cellular network that the company provides, would solve this glaring problem. Of course for that to happen, the technology needs to become cheaper and more advance because unlike books, the size of the download for a game is considerably larger, although, more so with a home console.

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has told the Financial Times that he is “interested” in what Amazon has done with allowing customers who bought the Kindle, the digital E-book unit, have access to the internet without having them have to pay for a service. Amazon allows Kindle users to download books and access the Internet using Whispernet, which is done by communicating with the Sprint EVDO network. Meaning, if someone buys the Kindle, they can download a book for a price from anywhere, without paying for an ISP. “I’m interested because it’s a new business model in which the user doesn’t bear the communications cost,” he told the Times.

People who already own the PSP and/or the DSi and want to download a game instead of purchasing one in a actual store, needs to be connected to a WiFi service. What’s intriguing to Nintendo and other companies (I assume) about the Kindle, is the ability to download a title from anywhere. People who don’t have a WiFi setup, would be able to take advantage of a digital only world and not have to worry about any extra cost.

I also feel this wouldn’t be just limited to a handheld. A big argument some analysts make about videogames or other forms of media being distributed by digital means, is the fact some people don’t have broadband access, especially in rural parts of the country. By having some kind of free ISP or cellular network that the company provides, would solve this glaring problem. Of course for that to happen, the technology needs to become cheaper and more advance because unlike books, the size of the download for a game is considerably larger, although, more so with a home console.

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Black Wiimote and Motion Plus Announced, Plus 2 New DSi Colors

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So, not too long ago Japan got a really cool black Wii system. While I was envious of the ‘land of the rising sun’ receiving a new ‘color’ to choose from, I was pretty sure us Americans would actually get one, eventually. Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed at the Gamestop manager’s meeting, which is apparently the new E3, a black Wiimote and WiiMotion Plus.

While this isn’t exactly a black Wii console, I suspect Nintendo releasing some black accessories could only mean a black system is on the horizon. Of course, it might not mean anything, but why would anyone buy a black Wiimote to work with their white console? That just seems a tad odd. According to Nintendo, we should see these black options sometime this holiday season.

We should also note that the company announced that two new colors for the DSi is on the way. During Reggie’s same keynote, he revealed that a white and pink version of the popular handheld is going to be in stores. These two colors should be available starting on September 13th.

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E3 09: DSi Photo Sharing to Facebook

Nintendo announced today at their pre-E3 conference that coming this fall, you will be able to upload photos you take with your DSi to Facebook. This is a great because we now no longer need to use our phones to upload photos to our Facebook pages.

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DSi Comes to the States on April 5 and an Extra Color to Choose (Blue)

Nintendo has finally announced the North American and European dates for the release of the DSi. According to a press release, the handheld will debut on April 5, 2009 for $169.99 here in the states. The Europeans will be able to get their hands on the device two days earlier on April 3, 2009, however, no price has been confirmed, although rumors say about ‬£150.

When the system launches in North America, instead of choosing between two colors (white & black), Nintendo will give customers one extra color, light-blue (pictured below). Unfortunately for the people across the Atlantic; they will be stuck with the original two color schemes. No word on why the Big N decided this; but we think the company will make it available sometime down the line.

Besides the one color choice in the North American version, everything else will include the same features as the Japanese system, which comprises of a camera, mic, SD card slot, flash memory and a Wifi Channel to download games.

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DSi North American Box Revealed (Leaked)

Mexican video game journalist Lorenzo Grajales, just received his review copy of Nintendo’s DSi. So what was the first thing he did? Obviously snapped a few pictures of the outside and inside of the box the handheld ships with and threw it online.

A few things that we noticed outside the box were the icons on the front. It seems Nintendo likes Sony’s XMB approach because they look a lot like that.

Can a manual get any bigger for such a tiny device? Although, I doubt the whole thing is in english, Nintendo, like other companies, tend to put multiple languages in their operation manual.

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Rumor: DSi Available in the USA on April 4, 2009

According to IGN’s “multiple sources,” Nintendo plans on releasing their upgraded handheld the DSi Stateside soon. The sources, who are nameless — say the DSi is coming out in April; most likely on the 4th. The same insiders are reporting that the device will for $179.99 when it launches; which is about $60 more than the current DS light. IGN contacted Nintendo who responded with the “we don’t comment on rumors and speculation,” routine.

The DSi features a built-in camera, internal flash memory, SD Slot and can connect to the DSiWare. Since it debuted in Japan for 18,900 yen ($210) in November, the unit sold over a million and still going strong.

If the April date is true, we’re only mere months away from the third different model of the DS.

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Japan: DSi Sells Over 1 Million in 2 Months

If any of you are wondering why Nintendo seems to release a new version of the DS every couple of years this is why; 1 million. That is how many DSi’s have been sold in Japan since it debuted two months ago. These sale number have been reported by both Famitsu and Enterbrain.

Because of the DSi selling so strong in the ‘Land of the Rising Son,’ the number of DS’s sold have reached almost the 25 million mark in Japan alone — which is an incredible achievement.

What’s even harder to fathom is the total number of sales in the future when the DSi is finally released in North America and Europe late next year. The DS is already over the 85 million mark, by this time next year, it should be over 100 million.

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Video: DSi’s Opera Web Browser


Unreleased Opera Nintendo DSi Browser from Nplus on Vimeo

In the video above, someone is showing off the Opera web browser that is featured with the DSi. If anyone used the browser in the older Nintendo DS, they would recognize that the new version of the handheld is exactly the same, but with one one difference — it runs a hell of a lot smoother than it’s predecessor.

So if you decided to purchase the DSi in the future, make sure you bookmark /gamer — so you can receive your latest PSP news straight to your DS.

Source (via gonintendo)

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DSi has 256MB of Internal Memory

When the DSi was announced at Nintendo’s press briefing back in October, Satoru Iwata confirmed the handheld would included some kind of internal flash memory. When it was revealed at the time — no one knew exactly how much it would support. Thanks to IGN who played around with the updated DS we finally know how much we’re going to get when it comes stateside. The unit will include 256mb — which is about half of the memory of the Wii.

However unlike the Wii, if you for some reason run out of room because you consistently purchase games through their new shop channel — you’ll be fine. The device now has the ability to attach a memory stick inside the DSi. Meaning, you’ll be able to own as much downloadable content as you want, without the fear of deleting software.

The DSi is schedule to come out in North America next year.

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Nintendo Introduces the ‘DSi’ to the World

It’s official, Nintendo has announced their plans on releasing a new DS. As expected, the DS — now called the ‘DSi’, isn’t any different in terms of a handheld ‘gaming device’. The focus of the updated unit is to attract people who are interested in a multiunit media player, as opposed to a standalone gaming platform. In a sense, the new DSi is closer to the PSP than the original DS. At this point, Nintendo has labeled the ‘DSi‘ as a “third pillar,” meaning as of now, the DS Light is not going to be phased out.

Some of the features of the DSi include:

-12% thinner than the DS Light, main reason for it being smaller is because there isn’t a GBA slot.

-The screen size is now 3.25 inches, compared to the DS Light’s 3 inches.

- Two cameras, one of which is a 3.0 megapixel camera

-”Better Speakers.”

-An SD slot will be available in the unit and can be used for storage of pictures, play music and downloaded software. The unit will also have its won flash memory.

-A web browser will be included, as well as a DSi Shop Channel similar to the Wii Shop Channel. Applications made available will cost either 200, 500 or 800 Wii points. A select few will be free.

-Photos can synced with the Wii via the Photo Channel.

The ‘DSi‘ is going to be sold here in the states sometime in 2009, while Japan will be getting it in stores on November 1, 2008, for about 18,900 yen ($180). Obviously Nintendo is trying to go after the crowed who isn’t interested in buying just a video game handheld. At this point, the DS is probably only going to have a few years left, and Nintendo is trying to get as much life out of the device as they possibly can. The group they’re going after isn’t just the PSP crowd, but also the people who buy iPods. Although converting them over to a ‘DSi‘ is going to be near impossible.

The most exciting thing about the DSi isn’t the camera or the bigger screen, but the ability to download games through DS Shop Channel. DS games are so small, there really isn’t any reason not to put most-if not all of the library of games they have for the system. And if we’re lucky, we should even see NES, SNES, GB, and GBA games.

After the jump check out more pictures of the ‘DSi.’ (more…)

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