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Nintendo drops DS Lite to $100, Mario games go red

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Out with the old and in with the new. That’s what Nintendo is thinking with an official price cut on the DS Lite from $129.99 to $99.99. Very nice of them. The DSi’s price is still $149.99 and the DSi XL is $169.99.

Aside from the DS Lite price cut, Nintendo is also playing with colors. Red in particular. They will be re-releasing six classic DS Mario games with red boxes. They hope that the red color makes them easier to spot when customers are shopping for games. These games include New Super Mario Bros., Mario Party DS, Mario & Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem, Super Mario 64 DS, Mario Kart DS and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. So who is buying a DS Lite now?

Very Convincing Fake Nintendo DS Lite Purchased On eBay

Posted in Nintendo DS by Reuben Drake on May 12th, 2011

That DS Lite above looks pretty genuine right? That’s what the buyer thought too when he purchased it on eBay. When he opened the package he knew something was wrong. The corrugated cardboard box was the first suspicious giveaway. Then on the back of the box there was pixelated English text.

When he opened the package he found that yes it was a fake, however, it still played DS and GBA games in their proper slots. The surface of the system has some small pockmarks, which is not up to Nintendo’s high quality assurance standards and the inner bezel is also discolored.

DS Lite discontinued at GameStop

Posted in Nintendo DS by Reuben Drake on April 22nd, 2011

Out with the old, in with the new. An internal GameStop memo has surfaced announcing the discontinuation of Nintendo’s DS Lite. With the 3DS now available, the old DS Lite is being put out to pasture. The memo tells employees to remove displays of Crimson, Black, and Metallic Rose models, once the stock is gone.

It is a five-year-old system. There’s no official word from Nintendo yet, but we imagine that will be coming soon. If you want one, you better grab one while you can.

Nintendo DS to enter the classroom

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

Nintendo of America has announced a partnership with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) where they will introduce the Nintendo DS into classrooms in selected schools across the country. The idea is to give students a fresh, fun way to learn drawing and painting techniques.

Art teachers in elementary, middle and high school classrooms have been given Nintendo DSi XL systems and copies of Art Academy. These teachers will use the game console and the game to make classroom activities more engaging and fun. This should definitely make the classes more fun for kids.

Pokemon typing game for Nintendo DS to come with Bluetooth Keyboard

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

Typing isn’t involved in any of the Pokemon games that I’ve ever seen, but the upcoming Pokemon typing tutor game for the Nintendo DS, Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS, will come bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard.

The cartridge will have a built-in Bluetooth chip, since the DS itself doesn’t have Bluetooth. Our guess is that a game that comes with it’s own keyboard will not be a hit since kids want to play games, not type, but who knows. The Pokemon typing game will be released in Japan this April for an unknown price.

Doctor Who Nintendo DS Case with Sonic Screwdriver Stylus

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Do you love Doctor Who, but lack a sonic screwdriver? Well if you have a Nintendo DS, you can now use a Sonic Screwdriver as a stylus. It compliments the Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Wiimote quite nicely.

This one is for your DS. It will make you look like the Doctor trying to pry open the Pandoricon with two thousand Daleks on your tail as you tap tap away. These are only available in the UK right now, but maybe they will hit the US soon.

Nintendo portables getting new colors, lower prices in Japan

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

Nintendo plans to lower the price of the DSi and DSi XL in Japan on the weekend following E3, but that’s not all. They will also be releasing three new colors for the DSi XL: Yellow, Blue and Green.

I like that they didn’t try to go for any fancy names: Just Yellow, Blue and Green. They kind of look like little child toys now. Right now these are only for the Japanese market, but maybe we will see them soon here as well.

Nintendo DS Stylus and Projector

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Thrustmaster is at it again, making the scene with yet another wacky gaming accessory. What looks like a heavy and super thick DS stylus. The reason for that extra girth is that it also doubles as a projector.

It projects a picture of Buzz Lightyear, since Toy Story 3 is all the rage. Don’t worry, it still does touch-input too. The bulb even lets you control where the image is aimed at. Only £4.99 (or $7).

Puppet Pouch puts roadkill on your DS / DSi

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

From CTA Digital, the Puppet Pouch is a furry case for your Nintendo handheld, with a felt interior and elastic straps to keep your Nintendo nice and warm. Like Luke in a Tauntaun. But not as neat.

There’s also a zipper compartment for storing games and accessories and if you must, it also acts as a puppet. So feel free to shove your hand up it’s butt and put on a show.

Bayer Didget blood glucose monitoring system DS game

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

It isn’t cool or convenient for kids to check their blood glucose levels normally, but kids love videogames, so Bayer’s Didget is the perfect solution. It’s based on the company’s Contour glucose meter, but instead of connecting by USB it’s shaped like a Game Boy cartridge, which let’s kids put it into a Nintendo DS or DS Lite.

Kids can upload their scores to a custom game to unlock new characters and items, but the One problem with this plan is that it isn’t compatible with the DSi or the XL, so it is already obsolete.

Nintendo 3DS Additional Details

Posted in Nintendo DS by Darrin Olson on March 24th, 2010

Nintendo DSi 3DS announcementNintendo Japan announced that they will be unveiling a new 3D version of the Nintendo DS at E3 2010 in June, called the Nintendo 3DS. We’ve found some more details in addition to it being a glasses-free 3D device and backwards-compatible with your DS DSi games.

These are rumors mind you and we probably won’t know for sure until the unveiling in June. There’s talk that the 3DS could have a number of additional features giving new dimensions to the gaming possibilities on the device. These include an accelerometer allowing it to sense tilting and motion, a higher-resolution LCD screen from Sharp, and possibly both the top and bottom displays working together as a single display.

Nintendo officially announces 3DS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Nintendo has now unloaded a press release in Japan that lets the world know that some new 3D-capable portable gaming is in our future, with an unveiling set for E3 2010 in June. Right now it’s called the 3DS, a glasses-free 3D upgrade to the DS and DSi.

Don’t worry about all of those games that you bought. It will use a “compatible cart” for backwards compatibility. At the moment Nintendo sees the launch of the 3DS sometime around March 2011.

McDonalds Japan to train employees using Nintendo DS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2010

Looks like McDonald’s is embracing Nintendo’s portable gaming console to train it’s employees. The fast food company is developing a Nintendo DS training program for its part-time employees, called eSmart. It will cost ¥200,000,000 (or about $2.2M USD) to develop, which is apparently no big deal for the mega-giant.

The company hopes that the software will reduce training time by at least half. And everyone in Japan is already familiar with the Nintendo DS and plays it all the time, so it seems like a marriage made in heaven.

Nintendo DS2 to be unveiled at E3 with accelerometer and higher-res screens

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

Blogger Raymond Padilla has supposedly gleaned some news about the DS2. The DS2 will have two screens, just like every other DS, but they can be used as two separate screens or one giant screen, displaying the same content across both LCDs. They will be bigger, with “higher resolution,”. No word on if they will be HD.

It will of course have an accelerometer for tilt-motion and supposedly the DS2 will perform similarly to a GameCube or Wii, based on the dev kit. It may also run on a Tegra chip, so we can expect some good speed.

Next Nintendo DS may get tilt controls

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

The DS2 development kit is in the hands of a few select companies, the hardware as well. And according to one developer, Nintendo says that the DS2 was the first version, not the final version, nevertheless he’s impressed. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s genuinely the best thing I think I’ve ever worked with. I can tell you that it’s got a ’tilt’ function that’s not dissimilar to iPhone, but does a lot more. We know that The Pokemon Company are getting special attention with it.