Friday, October 03, 2008
Nintendo's Next Gadget: DSi Disappoints at Media Debut
Nintendo's next hand-held device-,the DSi, (an updated DS) was unveiled to the press this week, but it didn't generate much of a buzz. In fact, the bigger story was Nintendo's vow to ship more Wii's for the holiday season. The outrageous demand for Wii makes it one of the most-sought after consoles, and the positive momentum shot Nintendo's profit up 47.7 percent to $2.5 billion last year. As for the DSi, it delivers a handful of new features, but nothing revolutionary.
New features in Nintendo's latest creation:
- A wider screen (From 3 inches to 3.25 inches)
- Camera (.3 megapixel camera)
- SD memory card slot to store music,pics and video
- Functions as an mp3 player
- A web browser
- DSi shop
Nintendo's lackluster overhaul is probably due to the fact that it was thrown together as quick solution to stymie the rising popularity of games for the Iphone. For those Iphone owners who have enough disposable income, they'll probably spend the $170 for the new gadget, but Google's Android, which will boast an open-sourced platform and sell for $180, may seem like the better choice.
By Matt O'Hern at 03:52 PM | Comments (0)