Nintendo DSi

Nintendo DSi
ニンテンドーDSi Nintendo DSi
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Nintendo DSi
Release dates
Japan: November 1, 2008
North America: April 5, 2009
Europe: April 3, 2009
Australia: April 2, 2009
South Korea: April 15, 2010
China: December 19, 2009
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Technical specs
  • Dimensions: 74.9 mm long × 137 mm wide × 18.9-mm tall
  • Top Screen: A backlit, 3.25-inch, transmissive TFT color LCD, capable of displaying a total of 260,000 colors.
  • Touch Screen: Same specifications as top screen, but with a transparent analog touch screen.
  • Backlight brightness can be changed, but it cannot be turned off. It has five settings, from dimmest to brightest.
  • Battery: 3 to 14 hours of play on a three-hour charge; power-saving sleep mode; AC adapter. Battery life depends on the brightness setting.
  • RAM: 16 MB
  • Cameras: Two 0.3 megapixel digital cameras
Related information
Console generation: Seventh generation
Pokémon generations: III*, IV, V
Console type: Handheld
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The Nintendo DSi (Japanese: ニンテンドーDSi Nintendo DSi) is the second redesign of the Nintendo DS, after the DS Lite. The system was released in Japan on November 1, 2008 in the colors matte black and white. It was released in Australia on April 2, 2009, in Europe on April 3, 2009, and in the United States on April 5, 2009. Initially, the white was replaced with blue in the Americas, however currently the white as well as pink are available. An upgraded version, the Nintendo DSi XL, was announced on October 29, 2009.

Changes from Nintendo DS Lite

  • 12% thinner than DS Lite
  • Screens are 3.25 inches, an increase of .25 from DS Lite
  • Two 0.3-megapixel cameras inside and on the back of the system with a maximum resolution of 640×480
  • Doubled main CPU clock rate (133 MHz in comparison to 67 MHz of the previous systems)
  • Four times as much RAM (16 MB in comparison to 4 MB of the previous systems)
  • Game Boy Advance slot has been removed
  • SD card slot added to transfer photos and music between DSi, Wii, PC and digital cameras
  • Music playback for AAC music files
  • Record sounds with the microphone
  • Enhanced speakers and audio
  • Nintendo DSi Shop from which DSi applications can be bought using Nintendo Points
  • Free-to-download Opera Internet browser available at launch
    • In later models this software, along with Flipnote Studio, is already installed
  • Power button relocated below D-Pad
  • Stylus relocated to below SD card slot
  • New user interface similar to that of Wii
  • Integrated Photo application and music playback
  • Applications from the Nintendo DSi Shop are region-locked
  • Certain DS game-card games are region-locked on the DSi and later models, such as the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White
  • The startup tone no longer differs on the owner's birthday
  • The sound changing button has been moved to the left-hand side.

Game Boy Advance incompatibility

The biggest change, perhaps, between the previous models and the DSi is the removal of the GBA port. This causes the system to be unable to play the Generation III games as well as other Game Boy Advance games. Because of the Generation IV games' use of dual-slot mode, the incompatibility makes it impossible to capture Pokémon of previous generations, and impossible to use Pal Park for migration of Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, or FireRed and LeafGreen.

DSi-enhanced features

DSi-enhanced games are DS games that have additional features when played on the Nintendo DSi or 3DS. Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 can utilize the camera when using the Xtransceiver, and they and Pokémon Conquest can connect to WPA and WPA2 protected wireless networks, when played on a DSi or 3DS. However, these five games are also region-locked, though only on DSi and 3DS due the lock being enforced by the system software rather than the game software and no such enforcement existing on previous DS designs.

Pokémon games

All releases listed are the year in which the Japanese version was released.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Dash Racing game 2004
Pokémon Trozei! Puzzle game 2005
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team Dungeon crawler 2005
Pokémon Ranger Action RPG 2006
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Core series RPG 2006
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness Dungeon crawler 2007
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Action RPG 2008
Pokémon Platinum Core series RPG 2008
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Dungeon crawler 2009
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Core series RPG 2009
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Action RPG 2010
Pokémon Black and White Core series RPG 2010
Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure Typing 2011
Pokémon Card Game: How to Play DS Card game 2011
Pokémon Conquest Turn-based strategy 2012
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Core series RPG 2012


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Special Pokémon editions

Both of the DSi bundles

A special DSi bundle featuring Pokémon Black and White was announced by The Pokémon Company. The bundle includes a copy of either Pokémon Black or Pokémon White as well as a special DSi with Reshiram and Zekrom on it. The DSi will be colored black or white, depending on which Pokémon game is chosen. It was released in Japan on November 20, 2010. A similar bundle was also announced for Europe and was released on March 4, 2011. The bundle was also available in the United States in limited edition starting on March 6, 2011.

The Explorers of Sky-themed DSi

Nintendo held a competition in 2010 to give a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky-themed DSi to whoever made the best piece of physical artwork of a Nintendo or Pokémon-themed Christmas landscape. The competition ended on January 10, 2010 and the winner was announced to be Mattis Jensen on January 23, 2010.[1]

See also

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Game systems with Pokémon games
Nintendo handheld consoles
GB (Pocket · GBL · SGB · SGB2) • GBCminiGBA (SP · GBm · GBP)
DS (Lite · DSi · DSi XL) • 3DS (XL · 2DS · New 3DS · New 3DS XL · New 2DS XL)
Switch (Lite · OLED)
Nintendo home consoles
SNES (BS-X · SGB · NP · SGB2) • N64 (DD) • GCN (GBP)
Wii (Family Edition · mini) • Wii U
Switch (OLED)
Sega consoles