In one of those 'worst-kept secret' moments, Nintendo has today confirmed the rumours that it would be updating its DS handheld. Announced in Japan this morning, the Nintendo DSi will boast a slimmer design, bigger screen sizes, two cameras, and new image and music players. It will also lose the GBA cart slot, but adds an SD card slot for storing music, images and downloadable content.
The chassis of the new console measures in at 2.6mm (or 12 per cent) thinner than the DS Lite. The LCD screens have been pumped up from 76mm (3 inches) to 83mm (3.25 inches). As for the console's new features, Nintendo has packed a 3-megapixel camera on the exterior of the case, with another lower-resolution camera on the interior hinge.
The cameras integrate with new multimedia features for the DS, with images and music stored on the SD card, and software on the console lets you play multimedia content. A new Internet browser will also be installed on the machine, allowing people to browse the Web and the new DSi Shop, where you can download games and applications over Wi-Fi.
The DSi will launch in Japan on 1 November for ¥18,900 (£100). International releases will follow in 2009, but Nintendo Europe would not confirm the rumour on GamesIndustry.biz that the console would launch next spring. -Guy Cocker