Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nintendo DSi gets 5 stars!

Where were this hand-held game wonders when I was growing up? The Nintendo DSi, a personal video game system, gets 5 out of 5 stars in my book. It brings handheld gaming to a whole new level.
Amazon lists the product features here.

**Enjoy the largest screen size, best audio quality and thinnest design of any system in the Nintendo DS family.
**Download exclusive games, clocks and calendars via the Nintendo DSi Shop.
**Take pictures using either an inward or outward facing camera and chose from 11 different lenses to customize your shots.
**Connect wirelessly to browse the internet, share photos and play with others. Even connect to the Wii console for more fun.
**Access your music in the AAC format off any standard SD Card.
**Chat locally with PictoChat with pictures, even rainbows.

My son and I came up with a list of what we love about the DSi and what we don't.

We love that we an buy games at the Nintendo DSi Shop. Many games are free or less than $10. A regular priced game costs $15 to $40.00. A side note about games, there are over 1,000 games made for the Nintendo DSi. Over 200 of them are educational, puzzle or strategy games. Mario games are a favorite at our house.

The DSi doesn't just play games. The PictoChat feature is fun. You can chat with your friends like your parents do on their phones. The DSi has a cool flipbooks creator. It also lets you go online to your favorite websites. It can even download sounds.

The DSi take pics of your friend and yourself. There are settings to change them, lots of special effects and you can use them in downloaded games.

The only things we don't like about the Nintendo DSi is that it is hard to put down after you get involved in a game. The game cartridges are small and easy to lose. Invest in a hard plastic case to keep them safe and sound. And, most importantly (according to my son) it is not 3D.

Compared to the Nintendo DS, the DSi is easier to hold has a bigger viewing screen and has many more features to make game playing more exciting. The Nintendo DS does not have 2 cool cameras, it does not have internet connection which means you aren't able to download games.

Is the Nintendo DSi right for you or your children? It's a solid yes for children aged 6 to 96. There are games for all ages and stages. Do your kids ask you "Are we there yet" on car rides? They'll be asking "Are we here already" when they have the DSi to keep their brains and hands busy. The Nintendo DSi can be bought at your local WalMart, Target, Best Buy, or on for around $150.00. Be sure to invest another $14.99 for the Nerf Armor to protect your DSi from damage.

How do you feel about the Nintendo DSi? How do you feel it compares to the GameBoy or Sony PSP? Please share your thoughts about the greatness of the handheld gaming.


BarbaraB said...

I remember the first Mario my oldest granddaughter had when she was about eight. Now she's twenty-five. Those old games were terribly frustrating. I'll bet the new ones are much more fun.
I did get my grandson to teach me a new game for my novel, WOUNDS. Check it out in September.

Ty said...

Yes, that DSi can be addictive! But if the kids are learning from it at least half of the time they spend using it, I'm okay with that.


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