Thursday, March 19, 2009
Demand this year is weakening and I don't think that people will be hoarding these anytime soon for the holiday season. Even if they do, we'll be seeing ridiculous 50+ item bundles that will sell for $599.99+.
Receive Date - 3/24-3/25
Price - $249.99
The Nintendo DSi is the third iteration of the Nintendo DS handheld developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on November 1, 2008 and is scheduled for release in Australia on April 2, 2009, Europe on April 3, 2009 and North America on April 5, 2009.
The Nintendo DSi is about 12% thinner (2.6 mm) than the Nintendo DS Lite. The new handheld has one VGA (0.3 megapixel) digital cameras; one on the internal hinge pointed towards the user and the second one in the outer shell. It also has larger screens (3.25 inches, instead of the previous 3 inches) and improved speakers. Yui Ehara, the designer of DSi's outer shell, wanted to keep the unit "neat" and "simple" with its new features. The power switch has been replaced with a power button, as the original DS had, now located next to the bottom left side of the touchscreen. For DS software its power button also serves as a soft reset to return to the main menu. While for DSi software, Kentaro Mita who is responsible for relaying ideas from the company to the team commented "you can move around, return to the menu, or play a different game, without shutting down the power every time". Once at the main menu, DS cards can be hotswapped. The DSi has a matte surface to prevent fingerprints from showing up, as opposed to the glossier finish the DS Lite has. The speaker apertures were altered due to the redundancy of circular perforations on its shell and since the change can be noticeable while keeping the unit neat. Ehara pushed for this alteration to also make consumers see more of a distinction between the DSi and its predecessors. Excluding North America, Nintendo will release the handheld in both matte black and matte white. Japan will receive pink, lime green and metallic blue colors on March 20, 2009.
The DSi has five brightness settings compared to the DS Lite's four; however, battery life is reduced to 9–14 hours on the lowest brightness setting compared to the 15–19 hours of its predecessor. The unit uses a 840mAh battery compared to 1000mAh for the DS Lite.
Nintendo stated that to improve portability without sacrificing durability, the front slot for Game Boy Advance (GBA) cartridges has been removed. As a result, the unit has lost its backward compatibility with GBA Game Paks and its compatibility with accessories that require the GBA slot, such as the Nintendo DS Rumble Pak, as well as the Guitar Hero: On Tour and Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades grip, which is required for those games.
For various reasons, the popularity of the Cho Aniki games has endured since the series' debut. Depending on which specific title one looks at, highlights include in-game music, innovative control schemes or sheer kitsch value. In Japan, these games are examples of baka-ge, a type of kuso-ge. "Baka-ge" literally means "idiot game" while "kuso-ge" literally means "shitty game" or "shit game". Baka-ge's appeal lies in its campness. Indisputably, the game's aesthetic sense — semi-nude men in suggestive homoerotic poses — is a unique one, certainly a quality that has given the series a cult popularity among Western gamers. Though the graphics are more risqué than pornographic, the series references homosexuality and gay sex more directly and more often than perhaps any other video game series in history.
Occasionally, the title is transliterated as "Choaniki", "Chou Aniki", or (erroneously) "Cho Eniki".The right of the series is currently owned by extreme Co.,Ltd., whom had obtained the rights of NCS Corp. and Masaya products and trademarks.
PlayStation Network Card / Ticket (5000 YEN / for Japanese network only) [retail packing] - $69.99
PlayStation Network Card / Ticket (3000 YEN / for Japanese network only) [retail packing] - $49.99
Musou Orochi Z (Japan) - $79.99
Last Blade 2-in-1 -SNK Best - $39.99
DSi Compact Pouch by Hori - White - $14.99
Tenchu Shinobi Taisen, The Best - $39.99
Ganbare Goemon: Toukai Douchuu Daiedo Tenguri BEST (IMPORT) - $39.99
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2009 (Import PS2) - $59.99
PSP 3000 PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Piano Black Spirited Green Carnival Color - $299.99
PSP 3000 PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Bright Yellow Carnival Color - $299.99
PSP 3000 PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Bright Yellow Core Pack Carnival Color - $249.99
PSP 3000 PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite - Spirited Green Core Pack Carnival Color - $249.99
Rei Choaniki - $64.99
Sunsoft Collection - $54.99
Bleach Blade Battles 2nd - $68.99
DSi Compact Pouch by Hori - White - $14.99
DSi Compact Pouch by Hori - Black - $14.99
DSi Compact Pouch by Hori - Light Blue - $14.99
DSi Compact Pouch by Hori - Pink
Pikmin 2 (Wii de Asobu) - $49.99