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Update* – Rumor: DSi no longer in production in Japan

Kotaku is reporting that a Japanese retail source is claiming that the Nintendo DSi is no longer being manufactured, and that all they have left is what is currently in inventory. The same report mentions that this does not apply to the DSi XL.

This has not been confirmed by Nintendo, so consider it a rumor for now.

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Update* – Nintendo has officially denied stopping production on the DSi.

“We plan to still manufacture and supply DSi consoles in a range of colours in the UK in 2011. On an on-going basis, continuing supply is based on retail and consumer demand.” – Nintendo statement Link

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Nintendo Announces Green and Orange Mario Party DSi Bundles

Nov. 22, 2010 – Nintendo is giving Black Friday a splash of color with two new bundles for its hot-selling Nintendo DSi™ system. For the first time, shoppers can choose an orange or green system, which will be bundled with the Mario Party™ DS game. The new colors go on sale on Nov. 26 and will be available while supplies last at a suggested retail price of $149.99.

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Need for Speed Nitro-X Fact Sheet

Get in gear for the super-charged thrill of driving the world’s hottest cars and the flat-out fun of arcade-style racing!

Access awesome custom features like the Camera Tag Editor. Snap images with the built-in camera and plaster racing environments with your personal tag. DSi-driven touch controls give you the feel of real racing, too. Push it to the limit in up to 18 supercars like the Pagani Zonda R, Porsche Carrera GT, and Lamborghini Gallardo. Also set your siren off in the exclusive Super Pursuit Mode that lets you drive as the Cop! Lay down the law in up to 6 never-before-driven police cars, including the Hummer H2 SUT.

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Nintendo announces price drop for DSi and DSi XL on Sept 12th

A proper pr speak to English translation of this would be “we have to get rid of some of this existing DS inventory before the 3DS comes out”. Full press release below.

Latest Versions of Best-Selling Portable Video Game System in History to be Priced at $149.99 and $169.99

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 30, 2010 – Nintendo is dropping the suggested retail price of its Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™ video game systems. Effective Sept. 12, the new suggested retail price of the Nintendo DSi system will be $149.99, while the new suggested retail price for the Nintendo DSi XL system will be $169.99. The Nintendo DS™ Lite model will remain at a suggested retail price of $129.99. The Nintendo DS family of video game systems is the best-selling in the history of the U.S. and worldwide. The new prices offer consumers tremendous value for their money while providing access to the best portable video game experiences possible.

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Konami announces Divergent Shift now available on Nintendo DSiWare

Award Winning DSi Game Previously Known as Reflection, Brings Exciting Brain-Teasing Puzzles to DSiWare Handhelds Today

KONAMI today announced the availability of Divergent Shift, a new puzzle platformer for Nintendo DSiWareTM. Previously known as Reflection, Divergent Shift is the first Nintendo DSTM title to win the 2009 Independent Games Festival Award and combines 2D puzzle elements with challenging gameplay.

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UK DSi sales soar after price drop

“Since the adjustment in trade price [drop to £129.99] has been passed on to consumers, each of the previous three weeks have seen DSi sales increase by over 40 per cent week-on-week,” said Nintendo’s head of communications Rob Saunders.

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Nintendo Files Lawsuit against Repeat Piracy Offender

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In the ongoing fight against video game piracy worldwide, Nintendo of America Inc. has filed a civil lawsuit against the owner of multiple websites that sell illegal video game copiers. Nintendo filed suit on May 11 in the Western District of Washington against the owner of NXPGAME of Queens, New York.

Nintendo investigated a website owned by NXPGAME and found that it was selling illegal video game copiers that enable the user to download, play and distribute illegal copies of Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ video game software. After multiple letters and telephone calls from Nintendo’s legal counsel, the owner agreed to cease selling game copiers and closed his website. Shortly thereafter, the owner launched an identical business at a different website address, and redirected people who visited his old site to the new one to purchase illegal game copiers.

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The Motley Fool: Will Mario Kill the Kindle?

Video game veteran Nintendo (Pink Sheets: NTDOY.PK) is set to launch a selection of 100 classic works of literature for the DS handheld gaming system — along with a new DS model with a significantly larger screen.

Not impressed yet? Consider that there are more than 120 million DS units in use today, then sit down and figure out how long it’ll take for Apple to sell that many iPads. I don’t think it’ll happen — ever. And each one of those DS systems now becomes a potential e-book reader. If this test catches on, there’s no reason why Nintendo wouldn’t extend the concept with pay-per-download content, a series of packaged compilations like this first one, and more. Every DS comes with Wi-Fi networking installed, and the timing of a big-screen version next to this book-reading product tells me that Nintendo is thinking hard about this opportunity.

The only problem I see with this logic is that not all 120 million DS units out there are going to be able to access a pay-per-download e-book system.  Only those that are either the DSi or the upcoming DSi XL can download software (or books in this case) from WiiWare and while I don’t have the exact numbers I can say with confidence that the vast majority of the 120m DS install base does not have an “i” printed on their system.

However, the author does have a point and if DS e-books do catch on it’s a safe bet that this will be a feature of the DS 2.

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Video game veteran Nintendo (Pink Sheets: NTDOY.PK) is set to launch a selection of 100 classic works of literature for the DS handheld gaming system — along with a new DS model with a significantly larger screen.

Not impressed yet? Consider that there are more than 120 million DS units in use today, then sit down and figure out how long it’ll take for Apple to sell that many iPads. I don’t think it’ll happen — ever. And each one of those DS systems now becomes a potential e-book reader. If this test catches on, there’s no reason why Nintendo wouldn’t extend the concept with pay-per-download content, a series of packaged compilations like this first one, and more. Every DS comes with Wi-Fi networking installed, and the timing of a big-screen version next to this book-reading product tells me that Nintendo is thinking hard about this opportunity.

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Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal (DSi) The Unknown Trailer

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Majesco Entertainment Debuts ‘Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal’ Teaser Trailer at Nintendo’s Media Summit

EDISON, N.J., Feb 24, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — On February 24th in San Francisco, attendees of Nintendo’s exclusive Q1 Media Summit will witness the debut trailer for Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal from Majesco Entertainment Company (Nasdaq: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market. Developed by A Different Game, Ghostwire is a powerful piece of software that bridges the gap between the real world and spirit worlds by transforming the Nintendo DSi(TM) into a portal to the astral plane. At the Media Summit, Majesco will premier the first trailer for this innovative augmented reality release scheduled to hit stores this Halloween.

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