My DS was stolen a few days ago. Pity me right now, please.
I was originally going to replace my Lite with an identical one, but I began looking into the DSi. The initial reason I became interested in the DSi was purely superficial. I hate gloss electronics with a passion (I blame Apple), and the slightly smaller, sleeker, matte finish beckoned me
The major complaint people have is the lack of GBA support, and to be quite honest, Iím not interested in that noise. I donít mean to sound like a DSi apologist, but I never really liked or played my GBA games on my Lite. It stuck out of the console awkwardly. I also had a Micro. If I ever felt like playing a GBA game Iíd bust that out. Itís not like Iím ever in a situation away from home where I get the urge to play an older game. I never carry one around, anyway.
This thing comes fully equipped with a lot of gimmicky features. A horrible music player that doesnít support the dominant MP3 format, a silly audio recorder, and a camera that can only really compete with the one on my phone (which isnĎt really good - 2.0MP).
The upgraded firmware does come with some noticeable fixes, including the ability to update it. You can load a game when the console is on, you can change system options without having to restart the system, you can change the screenís brightness in-game, and it has WPA support. Unfortunately, WPA will not work on older games, so that really hasnít helped much. I donít think itís possible for Nintendo to fuck up online on any of their consoles anymore.
The prospect of the DSiware shop is probably the only noticeable thing, but itís riddled with shit. Calculators, cell phone caliber games, and clocks. Even the Nintendo developed games are awful. WarioWare: Snapped is one of the most atrocious unresponsive games Iíve ever played. It tries using one of the cameras on the DSi in place of buttons or a touch screen, but it does not work. My skin is brown and my wall is white, and yet it canít seem to find me. Am I going to need some bright orange Natal jumpsuits to play it?
At least I got Dr. Mario out of thisÖ
I myself am satisfied with the purchase, but you can probably tell that itís not necessarily because the console is $50 better. It could be once the store begins to find its stride, or if Nintendo decides to continue upgrading and improving the firmware. A DSi version of the Virtual Console would be exquisite.
I did appreciate the free 1,000 Nintendo points, of which IĎm sure will not entice all of you R4 owners. Even if people design a cart similar to the R4 for the DSi, the fact that Nintendo can patch the console whenever they please can be troubling. It could render your $30 thief machine useless. I donít really care, though. Buy games, you jerk offs.
So, I really paid $50 for aesthetics and $10 worth of fixes - satisfied, though!