Nintendo DSi mystery solved

Nintendo has come out of the closet! They’ve unveiled the new Nintendo DS, the DSi.
Whats different? 0.25″ larger screen, a VGA camera, SD card slot and no longer GBA playback.

What does this mean? That Nintendo doesn’t seem to have any rational thought behind it’s strategy. Alright, the DSi uses only oldish components which should make it cheap. But the DS lite isn’t getting any cheaper so DSi probably wont either.

What are we gonna do with a VGA camera? Probably take crappy pictures. We certainly won’t interact with it as we do with Playstation eye, the DSi just doesn’t have the computational power.

What are we gonna do with the SD card slot? Download games from the Wii. Except Nintendo still isn’t releasing that many games, and third parties are sure to be excluded as ever before.

What are we gonna do without GBA playback? The same thing we do now, ignore it.

What are we gonna do with a slightly larger screen? Well, the difference is kinda marginal so probably nothing at all. Se more of our dreaded pixelation probably.

Oh, and the entire unit is slightly larger then the DS lite. Hurray… Couldn’t they at least make it a bit more sleek?

In conclusion, the DSi is a really weird new SKU of the DS lite… Which could have been dramatically improved just by making it thinner. Strategic design of the DSi seems to have been cut so that Nintendo can squeeze a few extra bucks out of the DS.

Shame Kyoto, this is the old school Nintendo doing it all over again. (i.e. you arrogant pricks!)

E3 big three rundown

E3 is on it’s way and the big three have shown their cards. But who “won”? We can’t be sure until E3 is over but I have a few points to share:
Had a great presentation showing exclusive titles lite Gears of War 2, Banjo & Kazooiey (no I can’t spell it) and Fable 2. They also revamped their Xbox live experience with a modern, and this time quite pretty, interface starring customizable characters for players. Much like Mii’s but better looking. They also showed that Avatars (official name) will be of use to players unlike Wii’s Mii’s.
Microsoft also launched some rip-offs of Sony games such as Lips (singstar) and some camera interaction game thingie (eyetoy).
Overall, Microsoft created a lot of excitement for the platform.

Had an irritating speaker on stage making flat jokes about random stuff. Get her away from the stage. But they also unveiled Wii Motion + which is an add on to the Wiimote (more like a Wiimote 2) that allowes for better movement recognition… So now the Wii will work like… it was originally planned?
Looked pretty good.
They also unveiled some more games, first party of course, each with their own add on. Nintendo, if I hadn’t already sold my Wii I would never be able to afford all these add ons. Stop trying to steal my last cents you evil bastards.

Sony had by far the best presentation. No doubt. But they didn’t show enough content to wow me. Actually it didn’t feel like they showed much new stuff at all. PSN video store is live as of yesterday, very apple of them. Thank god.
MAG is a massive online action game. Great.
What else? Oh yeah, the games are coming. There seem to be a lot of them, but since we didn’t actually see that many it’s hard to tell.
Home will eventually come, but since what I really wanted from the beginning is Microsoft’s Avatars system, Home will probably fall flat.

I want Sony to win this war. Nintendo has proved their point and thats great, we need to focus on a larger market. But the Wii is still a piece of shit and doesn’t have any games I’d like to play. Microsoft is giving consumers plastic boxes that scream with whirring fans and crash ever so often. But they are giving developers what they want. And they are delivering on their promises.
The playstation 3 really is a superior machine for the consumer. It’s quiet, doesn’t require add ons and is a smooth entertainment package.
But Sony is fucking it’s console by not delivering proper support for developers, meaning most games come to the 360. They’re slow in delivering systems for the PS3, even though the systems usually are great in the end. And the PS3 is still expensive like gods own nude pictures.

Come on Sony, stop being arrogant and help yourselves. I don’t want another Windows monopoly destroying the games industry.