Nintendo DSi

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Nintendo DSi
Designer Nintendo IRD
Manufacturer Nintendo
CPU 67 MHz ARM946E-S
33 MHz ARM7TDMI
Graphics N/A
Memory 4 MB
Media cartridge
256 kB internal flash memory
SD card
Released Nintendo DSi
JP: November 1, 2008
AU: April 2, 2009
EU: April 3, 2009
NA: April 5, 2009
China (iQue DSi): December 2009
Nintendo DSi XL
JP: November 21, 2009
EU: March 5, 2010
NA: March 28, 2010
AU: April 15, 2010
Added to Museum DSi: November 3, 2018
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The Nintendo DSi is a variant of the Nintendo DS that lacks the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot but has a front-facing and rear-facing camera, and has internal and external storage (the latter of which uses SD cards). It was released in Japan on November 1, 2008, in Australia on April 2, 2009, in Europe on April 3, 2009, and in North America on April 5, 2009. It was released in China by iQue as iQue DSi in December 2009.

The Nintendo DSi XL is an updated version of the Nintendo DSi that is slightly larger with larger screens. It was released in Japan on November 21, 2009, in Europe on March 5, 2010, in North America on March 28, 2010, and in Australia on April 15, 2010.

Games for the Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DSi supported all Nintendo DS games. However, due to a lack of the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot, it did not support Game Boy Advance games or Nintendo DS games that required the Game Boy Advance slot.

As the Nintendo DSi had upgrades such as a more powerful ARM7 CPU, both a front-facing and rear-facing camera, and internal and external flash memory support, games made exclusively for the Nintendo DSi would not run on the Nintendo DS. These came on white cartridges and were labeled as "Nintendo DSi Exclusive" games.

In addition, there were games that would run on Nintendo DS systems but were optimized for better performance on the more powerful hardware of the Nintendo DSi. These came on black cartridges and were labeled as "Nintendo DSi Enhanced" games.

Due to internal and external flash memory support, the Nintendo DSi, like the Wii, could connect to an online shop called the DSi Shop. The games and applications sold on the DSi Shop were called DSiWare and could be purchased with Nintendo Points (previously known as Wii Points). The DSiWare games and applications were also sold on the Nintendo eShop (the successor to the Wii Shop and DSi Shop) for the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS.

After September 30, 2016, Nintendo Points Prepaid Cards could no longer be redeemed, and the DSi Shop closed on March 31, 2017.

Retail Nintendo DSi exclusive games

These titles cannot be played on a Nintendo DS. They can be played on Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS, and New Nintendo 3DS systems (as well as Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 2DS systems).

Title Developer Release Added to museum Notes
Face Training Intelligent Systems 2007 Not yet Only available in Japan and Europe.
Foto Showdown Alpha Unit 2009 Not yet Only available in Japan and North America.
Picture Perfect Hair Salon 505 Games 2009 Not yet Only available in North America and Europe.
System Flaw Storm City Games 2009 Not yet Only available in North America and Europe.
Released on DSiWare as System Flaw Recruit

Retail Nintendo DSi enhanced games

These titles can be played on a Nintendo DS. However, they have additional features when played on Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS, and New Nintendo 3DS systems (as well as Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 2DS systems).

Title Developer Release Added to museum Notes
1000 Cooking Recipes from Elle a Table Agenda 2010 Not yet Only available in Europe.
Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to include a picture with a recipe.
Alice in Wonderland Étranges Libellules 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to detect colors and trigger unlockables.
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader: Back to School THQ 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to take a picture and import it into the game.
Art Academy Headstrong Games
Nintendo SPD
2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to import photographs into the game.
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery Griptonite 2009 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to put on wanted posters.
Barbie: Jet, Set & Style! Game Machine Studios 2011 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera for T-shirt designs.
Bejeweled Twist PopCap Games 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to battle with owners of the DSiWare version.
The Biggest Loser Webfoot Technologies 2009 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to take pictures and share weight loss progress on Facebook.
Brainstorm Series: Treasure Chase Bitfield 2011 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to add extra puzzles by using the camera to scan QR codes.
Bratz: Fashion Boutique Glam Workshop 2012 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to add content by using the camera to scan QR codes.
Camp Rock: The Final Jam Gamestar 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to take a picture that will appear in the scenery of the game.
Cars 2: The Video Game Firebrand Games 2011 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to take a picture that will appear in the game.
Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life City Interactive 2011 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera for puzzles.
Classic Word Games Ubisoft Divertissements 2009 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the extra memory for additional themes such as international idioms and quotes, and unlimited crossword grids.
Crime Lab: Body of Evidence City Interactive 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera for optional minigames.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Unsolved! Other Ocean Interactive 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera for lab and field work.
Daniel X: The Ultimate Power Griptonite 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to take pictures of people which will be scanned by the game which will determine whether they are an alien.
de Blob 2 Halfbrick Studios 2011 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera for optional minigames.
Dolphin Island Underwater Adventures Ubisoft 2009 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera for a picture which will be used in game.
Emily the Strange: Strangerous Exozet Games 2011 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to scan QR codes which will create zonster parts in-game.
Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! Webfoot Technologies 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to take pictures which can be decorated in-game.
FIFA Soccer 11 Exient Entertainment 2010 Not yet Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera to create in-game trading cards.
The Curse of Easter Island
(Der Fluch der Osterinsel)
SevenOne Intermedia 2010 Not yet Released only in Germany. Nintendo DSi-enhanced to use the camera for puzzles.