The Nintendo DS Gets a Facelift


dsill1030Since its release in 2004, the Nintendo DS has been changing the way that we play. With its extremely portable dual-screen technology, which incorporates a touch-screen interface, the DS has opened the doors for many innovative (and sometimes gimmicky) games. While there have been some challengers in the portable-gaming arena, mainly the iPhone and the PSPgo, Nintendo’s new contender shows that they can adapt to the changing market, and that they’re ready for the fight.

The Nintendo DSi XL is the fourth incarnation of the DS hardware. Very similar to its DSi predecessor, the DSi XL has some familiar features. It still lets you play all of your favorite DS cartridges, but the slot for your old Gameboy Advance cartridges is


All the power of the DSi with a few sizable boosts

still gone (and has been since the DS lite). On the front cover, you will find one small camera, and opening the system reveals another camera placed between the two enlarged 4.2 inch screens (almost 1 inch larger than the original DSi screens). These interactive digital cameras are used to take pictures, and also provide a video-capture program that is used in many games. Nintendo claims that the battery life has increased, and like all DS systems, it comes equipped with a stylus to use with the touchscreen.

The software specifications of the DSi XL are identical to those of the DSi. It still allows you to access the internet through the DS browser, download and save games on the system memory or on an SD card, take and edit pictures, synchronize with Facebook, plus record and play audio files (although it still doesn’t support MP3s).

But while this iteration of the DS doesn’t make any changes to the software, it is much more aesthetically pleasing and accessible. The thing that is great about the DS is that it is built for gaming, and all of its features tie back to that central idea. If you want to learn more about the Nintendo DSi XL, check out this overview of the features at Joystiq, and look for the system’s release early in the first quarter of 2010.

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