Shippin' Out April 5-11: Nintendo DSi

Camera-equipped portable launches busy week at retail including further Chronicles of Riddick, The Godfather II, Ninja Blade, and Rhythm Heaven.

The long-awaited North American launch of the Nintendo DSi is finally here. The camera-equipped iteration of Nintendo's popular portable system hit US shelves Sunday morning, trailing its Japanese launch by nearly half a year.

Having to wait five months for a new platform? What do you think this is Nintendo, Europe?

A new system launch ordinarily means a flood of new games at retail, but the DSi's exclusive debut lineup is available strictly through Nintendo's DSi Ware downloadable store. However, the new-fangled system will play the newly released DS game Rhythm Heaven just fine.

On the non-portable front, things are looking grim in tone, if not in quality. The M-for-Mature-rated EA game The Godfather II puts players in the thick of the cinematic storyline, while Starbreeze Studios' The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena takes the original Escape From Butcher Bay and amps it up for the current-generation systems with extra single-player content and new multiplayer action. Both games are set for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Not fast, but almost certainly furious.

PC users can also look for Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor, the second stand-alone expansion to Relic Entertainment's critically acclaimed real-time strategy game. As might be expected from an expansion, Tales of Valor includes more single-player campaign missions, as well as new units, multiplayer modes, and maps.

For gamers who like real time but prefer action to strategy, there's the Xbox 360-exclusive Ninja Blade. Developed by From Software, Ninja Blade puts players in the tabi of a modern-day shadow warrior on a quest to cleanse Tokyo of a legion of monstrosities.

The PSP is also getting a bit of Japanese flavor this week in the form of Dragon Ball: Evolution and Hammerin' Hero. The former is a fighting game tie-in for the upcoming feature film starring Chow Yun-Fat and is based on the popular animated series. The latter title, published by Atlus, is an old-school beat-'em-up starring a hero who uses his massive mallet to crush corporate greed.

Check back later in the week for GameSpot's reviews of the week's debuts. For a full rundown of every new game, check out the New Releases page.

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Discussion

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PS2FIGHT_28
PS2FIGHT_28

My friend said it sucked and sold it a little after he bought it, what do you guys think?

roan23
roan23

I used to own, the original silver DS, Original red DS, 2 White DS Lite, and now I might try the new DSi. It look awezome, and I am glad they took out the GBA slot. That thing is useless. Is the DSi still support rumble?

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

It's very impressive (checked out one today at Target) but way too pricey for me.I ended up picking Grand theft auto ChinaWars game for my DS instead...:P

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

I'm wondering why the price of the DS Lite has not gone down?? I don't have any plans to pick up the DSi but I think they need to drop down the prices if they want people to justify spending that much for the DSi.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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kris1975
kris1975

The DSI in impressive but not enough for me to trade in my lite. I like BC feature to much. To Be honest I would like to see a next gen DS come out soon with better graphics and 2 D-pads

player_leo
player_leo

Ninja blade is an awsome game. I'm still needing my ninja hit after beating NG2.

InsultToInjury_
InsultToInjury_

I'm refusing to buy a DSi till I see a vitrual console come out for it similar to the wii. Apart from that my little lite has done me proud and well. I will be purchasing another lite in the next wee while just incase my current one conks out and it'll give me GBA play. The Dsi seems rushed and gimmiky not my kind of thing. And the adverts with annoying people playing with the camera are starting to get on my nerves.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

this damn piece of junk is worth well under $100, no way i would ever pay more than $50 for it. just import your stupid goofy photos to your PC, or in my case Mac PC and edit them with photoshop or whatever...

geomyr
geomyr

i don't need to buy the new dsi cause i am already contented on my ds lite i have no need of camera coz i have my iphone and nokia n73. and about the ds games it is just the same you can play the new and old ds games on the old ds lite so what's the use buying the new dsi.

Cobalt_Spartan
Cobalt_Spartan

The browser's not useless. I've found plenty reasons to use it and it worked great. It's a good browser, just not an all-purpose one. It's best when used for checking email, weather, or just looking stuff up. P.S. The stuff in the Shop is actually really good. At least Aquia, Birds and Beans, and Brain Age are. They may just be puzzle games, but they're really good ones.

ahpuck
ahpuck

I decided to get me a DSi, because of the lack of RPGs on the big machines, i'm enjoying dragon quest V at the moment, it looks great on the new larger screen. the internet browser is. . to put it mildly, useless, but the camera can be fun and hopefully the new store will have some good stuff soon, as it's full of free (1000 free points) trashware at the moment.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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Pete5506
Pete5506

I will be getting soem news games this week

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@okassar Thats great for people who live in MS dream land where the Zune has replaced the ipod but, most of us live in the real world and have to choose from different variations of the DS or, variations of the PSP. I for one have never owned a DS or a PSP until 4-5 at about 12 o'clock.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

It is really a good news-2009-04-06 19.42.32.578000

okassar
okassar

Who doesn't already have a DS?Lol.Comeon,give us the next gen Gameboy--same goes for Sony with its PSP and...MS with a new device of its own??ooooo.Just imagine the possibilities(XBLP--Xbox Live and Portable--add 10 dollars to a Gold subscription or pay 20 if you don't have Gold,awesome graphics,ability to play Xbox 1 games ON TOP of its own games,a lot of memory now that it's really cheap,big screen,great controls,two thumbsticks,cell phone built in and used via a touch screen part of the screen,Halo,GoW,Fable--portable--SWEET!).I should work for Microsoft...

viewtiful_jay
viewtiful_jay

Ugh rough week. I know Riddick is a definite buy at some point in the future. I might even pick up GF2 after I've read some reviews - I liked the first one but there was a lot of repetitive grinding type actions to get your character built up and I had to push myself to finish it. The DSi I keep flip flopping back and forth on whether I want one or not. I hate losing the GBA slot, and I don't know if the cameras will really be something developers will use effectively. But SD cards, the DSi Ware store, and the fact that it FINALLY supports WPA have me thinking about it...

Flint247
Flint247

I want a DSi, but I am going to wait till I see more awesome features.

socnorb777
socnorb777

I got my DSi yesterday, and it's nice. Not sure it's worth upgrading if you already have a light, but it's a pretty cool little toy. My biggest issue with it is that the texture is very rough feeling, almost like a chalkboard or something. I'm glad it's not as glossy as the Lite, as that always got fingerprints all over it, but this texture is WAY too textured.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I'll probably be getting a DSi because my original launch DS's sound is starting to randomly cut out, then suddenly come back on. The touch screen is also disgusting (even with cleaning). Plus, I don't have an iPod or cell phone, so I'll be one of the few people who actually uses the music player and camera. :D

Dante2710
Dante2710

and the nintendo domination continues :O

Hayden10Noah
Hayden10Noah

Not a good buy if you already have a DS. the camera is good, but if you have a decent cell phone. then that should have a camera.

Memoryitis
Memoryitis

I think the camera is a gimmick to distract people from thinking its just a "Hardware Upgrade DS" and by that I mean the extra ram

FrontLinePlaya
FrontLinePlaya

i was thinkin about getting a dsi then both of my friends who got thiers yesterday showed them to me and they both had freezing issues. they couldnt even get past the startup message screen. I guess nintindo has some bugs to work out think I might wait.

metalkid9
metalkid9

@missonrs, the feeling's mutual

chappy_man
chappy_man

not sure i like anything here cept the dsi

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

So... Is that it? Just a DS equipped with a camera? Nothing else? Seems like a waste of money if you already have a normal DS, if you ask me.

SonicTheMonkey
SonicTheMonkey

Just got my DSi yesterday. It's actually pretty damn cool. I bought it for DSi Ware and Virtual console, but I've gotten a lot more enjoyment than I expected out of all the other new features.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

looking forward to riddick...glad i didn't buy a DSi...i've got a DS without cameras and it works fine. my cellphone can do the rest.

Hekynn
Hekynn

Man I hope Riddick gets onto Steam! :D

missonrs
missonrs

hey metalkid9 guess what WE DON'T CARE.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I just got my xbox 360 today, its awesome! oh wait ... I got it a couple of years back ... and its still awesome!

gnbfd
gnbfd

EDIT: okay it's not boring We get Rhythm Heaven! lol they made a game for that crappy Dragonball movie

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

@ K0r3an_pR1d3 I would rather have no cameras on my ipod than 2 crappy ones on my ds. If you want a camera get an iphone.

k0r3aN_pR1d3
k0r3aN_pR1d3

The DSi is just a representation that Nintendo is not grasping the changing market of portable devices which Apple currently is excelling in. Why pay $170 for a DSi with a weak music player and weak camera when you can pay just a little bit more and get a iPod Touch that has a strong music player, can go on the Web, can go on YouTube, has quirky and free games, and does a whole lot more (but no camera I'll admit that).

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

No regrets?? You payed $200 for a music player ( you probably already have an ipod ) and camera ( you probably already have one of these too ). Give me a break. DSi = DS +ignorance.

towelie892
towelie892

I got the DSi yesterday, and it's great. Buttons are much improved, music player is nice, cameras work well. No regrets whatsoever.

BUCK3TM4N
BUCK3TM4N

got my dsi yesterday and its a blast

DonTonyDeluca
DonTonyDeluca

I want a DSi but will have to wait a bit, and im pretty excited to play the godfather 2 and the new riddick game

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Ninja Blade and Godfather should be great. Thou they'll have to wait like the rest as I'm still playing Lost Odyssey. Which is a great game but whats with the limit of five people in a party? Boo.

Tomboy_666
Tomboy_666

By the way, can dsi play videos?

across1
across1

Traded DS for the DSi and was well worth it! Just the camera and music player alone are worth it, but downloadable content and extra memory cards take the cake!

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Please put in list form what is going to be released Gamespot. Everyone who agrees make the same comment please.