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Nintendo offers two new DS Lite bundles

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2008

Nintendo offers two new DS Lite bundlesIf you haven’t got yourself a DS Lite by now, I don’t know if these two new bundles are going to lure you in. And if you already own a DS lite, chances are you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the DSi here in the states.

But if Nintendo has the urge to bundle, at least a few of you will have the urge to buy. The bundles come in an Ice Blue Brain Age set with custom carrying case and a Mario Red New Super Mario Bros set with “M” logo. They’re pretty nice looking and are being released this Friday for $150.

Overclock your DS Lite with XCM Hyper Gear case

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2008

Overclock your DS Lite with XCM Hyper Gear caseOverclocking your DS Lite, without having to open it up or use software? The new XCM Hyper Gear case for the DS Lite not only gives your handheld a new look, it also turbocharges your DS Lite games thanks to a switch on it’s bottom right corner. Just flip it, and your DS Lite will run at 140% or 170% of its normal speed.

Seems like it won’t kill your DS, but your battery will die pretty fast. It speeds up your game’s graphics and audio, making everything seem like your DS has a coke habit. XCM expects to release the Hyper Gear case within the next few weeks. So when Mario says Wa-hoo! he’s gonna mean it this time.

Nintendo’s pedometer is for the DS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2008

Nintendo’s pedometer is for the DSSo, we have more info on that pedometer we told you about the other day. It’s not just a crap Wii-Fit add-on that threw our way to pacify us. It’s called the Life Rhythm Counter and is apparently for a fitness game on the DS (and new DSi?). The price is about $17, and interestingly the title lets you transfer Wii Miis to the DS. It traps their souls in there or something. Looks like it will be out in November.

Nintendo announces the DSi

Posted in Nintendo DS by Darrin Olson on October 2nd, 2008

Nintendo DSi announced by Nintendo to launch in Japan November 1After numerous information leaks about an updated version of the DS, Nintendo has now officially announced the release of the Nintendo DSi. The DSi, is the third iteration of the handheld game console and the company has managed to pack even more features into the device while even making it slightly smaller.

The new DSi looks very similar to the DS Lite with the same clamshell design and dual screens but the chasis is about 2.6mm thinner. They’ve also made the dual screens a little larger, bringing them from 3 inches to 3.25 inches, but that’s those aren’t the most interesting features of this new handheld console.

Are these the new DS screens?

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

DS screens?This allegedly leaked photo of new Nintendo DS screens has everyone scratching their heads. Apparently the difference in the updated display is a screen size from 3 inches to 3.25 inches. Though it’s not the widescreen system that many of you were hoping for, the new screen size shouldn’t mess with the aspect ratio of existing DS titles. Could this be a sneak peek at the new DS’ upgraded screens? We’ll find out soon enough.

Nintendo launching new DS with camera, music player and more

Posted in Nintendo DS by Darrin Olson on September 28th, 2008

Nintendo to launch new DS with camera and music playerNintendo has plans to launch a new version of the popular Nintendo DS handheld game console by the end of this year, and it sounds like they are doing more than just adding new colors this time. The new model, yet to be named, will feature a camera and music player, putting itself in competition with a larger number of portable devices and opening up a whole mess of new game possibilities.

This news does not come straight from Nintendo, or at least not yet. It does however come from the Sunday edition of The Nikkei Business Daily, which is a well renowned newspaper in Japan. The new DS from Nintendo is expected to cost around $190 in Japan compared to the $158 price tag on the current DS. The DS goes for $129 currently in the United States.

Nintendo rocks a pink ribbon to fight breast cancer

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2008

Nintendo rocks a pink ribbon to fight breast cancerIt happens to all popular gadgets and now it’s the Nintendo DS’ time. The Limited Edition Pink Ribbon to help fight breast cancer, which doesn’t just affect women, men can get it too. In shocking Wii white with a pink ribbon, you won’t get any games or accessories, but five dollars of the $129.99 purchase will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with Nintendo promising a minimum donation of $100,000. If you haven’t already jumped on the DS bandwagon, this is your chance to do so and do some good.

New widescreen DS on the way?

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2008

New widescreen DS on the way?Nintendo may have all kinds of DS Lite colors available, and a metallic silver will be available soon in the U.S., but according to IGN, they have something bigger on the horizon. A third version of the DS. One with dual touchscreen displays, one of them even widescreen. They aren’t sure whether the redesign will be simply another DS iteration or the DS 2. IGN says the rumored release date is April or May 2009, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The above pic is just IGN’s mockup.

Metallic Silver DS on the way

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2008

Metallic Silver DS on the wayWe had thought that Nintendo had ran out of color ideas for the DS in North America, but there was at least one we hadn’t thought about. A Metallic Silver DS so you can look at your reflection now and then. Just like the one you own, just shinier and able to blind others on sunny days.

The Metallic Silver variety has been in Japan and Europe for almost a year, so I guess the big N figured it was time we had a crack at it. It should be available in all it’s shining glory on Sept. 7.

11 cool Nintendo DS mods

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2008

Obama DS Lite
While we’re waiting with bated breath for a possible new updated Nintendo DS model that has been rumored, we thought we would take a look at some of our favorite DS mods. Like the Wii, modders love to spice up Nintendo’s boring design and put their own personal touches on the device. Some are weird, some are awesome, some will make you wonder what’s in the modder’s local water supply, but all are creative.

DSvision service launches in Japan

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on August 14th, 2008

DSvision service launches in Japan
Those lucky Japanese have one-upped us again. The DSvision service will let DS owners download and watch Japanese anime series and probably other strange programming on their DS. You do have to buy special hardware to view the downloaded episodes though. The service will go live next Wednesday and each downloaded movie will cost $4.80. They are stored on a microSD memory card. When do we get some of this action? If this keeps up I’m going to immigrate to Japan so I can have some cool stuff too.

Limited Edition Pokemon DS Lite at GameStop

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on August 8th, 2008

Limited Edition Pokemon DS Lite at GameStop
This one is a few years late and about a hundred pokemon short, but look what finally showed up in the U.S. No wonder Pikachu is acting all weird. This first appeared in Japan almost two years ago and this pic was apparently snapped at a gamestop store in the U.S.

Looks like there’s no game bundled with it, but you do get a matching carrying case, 22-minute Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DVD, a Grovyle poster, and a Pokemon t-shirt. So, if you’ve got to catch them all, rush out and find one for $129.99 as soon as you can. That’s about all the info we have on this one.

Nintendo DS replacement lightsaber stylus

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2008

Nintendo DS replacement lightsaber stylus
C’mon guys. We all love lightsabers, but there are limits to even your dorkiness right? Probably not. I can practically hear you just drooling over these trinkets and mouthing a firm OMG. Basically your DS stylus can now be replaced with Star Wars lightsabers. It will make it look like a tiny Jedi is attacking your touch screen.

They’re officially licensed and everything. And especially appropriate when playing Star Wars games. It should be noted that they are too big to fit in the DS stylus slot. But who cares, you’ll be too busy geeking it up. Get a 3-pack of the standard ones for $7.99, or you can splurge and spend $16.99 on a pair that actually light up with LED blades.

DS Paddle is the perfect Arkanoid controller

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2008

DS Paddle is the perfect Arkanoid controller
If you’re a fan of the classic arcade game arkanoid, then like me you’ve been waiting for it to hit the Wii. Until it does, you can at least play it on your Nintendo DS. And if you remember playing the classic NES version with the special paddle controller, then you know there’s no other way to play it.

Taito has made a limited number of these plug-in accessories for the DS, so you can up your high score. They’re available in white, black, pink and silver. Unfortunately they aren’t officially available in the US so you’ll have to find an importer. At only $26.90 each it’s well worth it..

Guitar Hero: On Tour DS bundle

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2008

Guitar Hero: On Tour DS bundle
Rock on brotha! Toys ‘R’ Us gave us a first glimpse at the latest way to be a rock god on the go. It’s priced at $179.99 and the limited edition Nintendo DS Guitar Hero Bundle includes the game, Guitar Grip, and a two-toned silver & black DS Lite with Guitar Hero logo. (You know, so that even when your DS is not in use, you’re branded and can spot other wannabes)

It will be available on June 29. Chalk up yet another variation on Nintendo’s handheld. Did someone go a little approval crazy regarding colors and themes this season, or are they themselves too busy rocking out?