167 posts tagged dsi
Publisher Dream, an upcoming DSiWare title that has you running a game company. You’re in charge of developing, licensing, and publishing “cShop” games in this Circle Entertainment sim — if the premise sounds familiar, that’s because Kairosoft made a splash last year with a very similar smartphone release, Game Dev Story.
A few details posted by Nintendo Life:
“You’ll be able to develop up to four games at the same time, publish games from smaller studios, and make staff happy by adopting a cat. Fans of indie games on DSiWare may also get a kick from some other developers making a cameo as employable staff: these will include Keith (Tanukii studio), Peter (Moragami), Seigai (Flyhigh work), Chris (CIRCLE) and Hugo (Goodbye Galaxy games).”
Circle Entertainment laid the groundwork for this kind of sim with Bookstore Dream a few months back, which was decent and inexpensive at 200 Points. I’m hoping the company keeps this cheap, while somehow finding ways to improve upon Game Dev Story’s formula.
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See also: More DSiWare news and media
Nintendo DSi making a cameo in Summer Wars. I’ve not seen the film, so I don’t know why he’s plugged something into the side, around where the SD card slot should be.
Apparently the DSi is featured in the anime quite a bit!
Buy: Summer Wars
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[Via everyone was born with wings]
Workers testing, repairing, and cleaning Nintendo DSes at GameStop’s Refurbishment Operations Center in Texas, preparing them to be re-sold as pre-owned systems.
Buy: A new Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue, Nintendo 3DS See also: This is how Nintendo tests your DS [Via Kotaku]
The 3DS XL is about two weeks out, so naturally it’s time for a couple new DSi colors. Man, I don’t know.
The Matte Red and Matte Blue DSi variants are shipping to US retail “as early as this week,” Nintendo announced on Twitter. The current retail price for a DSi is just $100, which is a pretty nice argument in its favor.
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Smileboom’s Petit Computer, that neat DSiWare app that lets you code games right in your own handheld, is coming to North America this summer thanks to Go Series publisher Gamebridge, bless their hearts.
Some of you might remember us writing about this before, noting how users have re-created classics like Tiny Trek and After Burner with the BASIC programming app. This is the mkII edition that came out in Japan in February with new features like voice synthesis, SD Card saving, and QR code sharing for your games.
It probably won’t be as approachable as WarioWare DIY when it comes to making your own video game snapshots, but it’s perfect for making an epic RPG starring Tiny.
3DS and DSi customized with a 16-bit Sega Mega Drive/Genesis look by Nicolas Verlet (click for larger images). Very cool! Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for someone to make a real version of this Famicom-inspired Nintendo 3DS.
Starting May 20, you’ll be able to pick up a Nintendo DSi for $99, and a DSi XL for $129 — a pretty big markdown for their previous prices, $149 and $169 respectively.
I’m not sure how gamers can justify buying one of these over a 3DS, now that the new handheld is receiving a steady stream of quality titles, but this deal is for kids or parents who balk at spending $169 on the latest device.
It’s not like DSi is completely dead yet — interesting games like Amoebattle are still releasing to DSiWare, and Pokemon Conquest is releasing to stores soon.
Plus, the DSi XL massive screens are a beauty.
Club Nintendo (U.S.) updated its selection of downloadable games, which you can grab by trading in the coins you receive from registering titles you’ve purchased.
The new rewards include Kirby’s Dream Land (3DS Virtual Console), Dr. Mario Express (DSiWare), Dr. Mario Online RX (Wii), and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Wii Virtual Console), all available until January 31, when Nintendo will introduce a new set of games.
See also: Previous Club Nintendo rewards
While a (relatively small) portion of the DS playing world has moved onto 3DS, a group of hackers has still been toiling away at the DSi, releasing the “final” version of the DSiWarehax exploit.
This program uses one of four DSiWare games (Sudoku, Guitar Rock Tour, Legends of Exidia, or Fieldrunners) to enable homebrew in DSi mode, meaning it has access to the DSi’s extra RAM and the SD card. You can run it straight from the DSi menu when installed.
"This update comes with a catch!" according to GBATemp announcement. “If you currently do not have one of the 4 exploitable titles you will not be able to get them.” This is because you have to update your DSi firmware to download them, and you need an older version of the DSi firmware to operate the hack.
The usual caveats apply. DS hacks are useful and cool when used for things like running homebrew software or translation patches for games you own. But if you use them for piracy-related reasons, you are breaking the law, and you are also just the worst. Seriously, I cannot stress enough what a dick move that is.
See also: More Nintendo DS homebrew
Nintendo has put out a new 1.4.2 update for DSi models, and while it’s unclear if the new firmware adds any new functionality to the system (e.g. DSiWare migration), many report this release blocks several popular flashcarts.
Scoffing at these new anti-piracy countermeasures, at least one flashcart manufacturer, R4iDSN claims to have found a workaround and will release an update for its device this week. Expect other teams to follow with similar news.
New DSi and DSi XL covers from Gametech’s WaSaBi line. These are all polycarbonate covers overlaid with Japanese-style fabric, and all cost between ¥3,150 ($39) and ¥3,570 ($44). Which is, yes, really expensive for a case for now-outdated hardware.
Gametech also announced new cases featuring the same fabrics for iPhone 4 and iPad.
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New DSi hack can reportedly install channels and launch content — could we soon see a Homebrew Channel setup for DSis? How great would it be to have Moonshell installed on your portable, allowing you to watch videos from you SD card? Or to boot homebrew games (e.g. the Lone Wolf series) just like any DSiWare app?
This is a teaser image for now, so you can’t try it out on your DSi just yet. The unnamed team working on this hack intends to show off a video within a week. Note that the group inserted a new image for the icon, unlike that old RAM patch trick that simply re-used the Flipnote frog.
According to OzModChips, this team has been working on this hack for a year now. For those of you doubting its authenticity, keep in mind that this seller was also the first to show off the PS3 Jailbreak, the Acekard 2i on a non-Japanese DSi, and more.