Nintendo DS-i US Release Date and Price Leaked

UPDATE 2/18: Nintendo Announces DSi Release Date!

White Nintendo DSi Photograph of Right Side

Nintendo DSi is now rumored to launch in April this year for $179.99. According to IGN’s sources close to Nintendo the exact release date for the US DS-i is April 4, 2009. The price is the same as the Japanese version and $50 more than the currently available Nintendo DS Lite.

Nintendo is considering the Nintendo DS-i an alternative to the Nintendo DS Lite and will not be replacing the DS Lite with the DSi for the time being at least.

As you no doubt already know, the Nintendo DS-i was announced in October, 2008 and features two 640×480 cameras, larger screens (same resolution) built in SD card support for music playback and other purposes, and lacks a Game Boy Advance cartridge slot.

Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS Set Industry Records – Again

Nintendo just can’t stop breaking records, can they? This time the Nintendo Wii and DS have both earned it by selling 10.17 million and 9.95 million units respectively. This beats the previous record set last year by the Nintendo DS of 8.52 million units. The Nintendo Wii now represented 55% of all next-generation consoles in 2008 with Nintendo DS at a whopping 72% of all portable consoles.

Here are more 2008 Nintendo facts:

NPD data released for December and all of 2008 also included the following:

  • The industry’s top 4 selling games of 2008 were: Wii Play™ at No. 1, Mario Kart™ Wii at No. 2, , Wii Fit™ at No.3, and Super Smash Brothers™ Brawl, at No. 4
  • Industry annual revenues jumped 19% in 2008 over 2007, and Nintendo products were responsible for 99% of those additional retail dollars.
  • Nintendo DS set another industry record for system sales in any month, with 3.04 million units sold in December.
  • Wii broke its own monthly record, set in December 2007, by selling 2.14 million units last month.
  • In December, Nintendo titles filled 20 of the top 30 spots on the best-seller list. Six games made for Nintendo systems placed in the top 10, including Wii Music™ for Wii (No. 9), which has now sold 865,000 units following its launch in October 2008, and Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS (No. 7), which has sold a total of 4.3 million units 38 months after launch.
  • Activision’s Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero® World Tour, and MTV Games/EA’s* Rock Band Special Edition Bundle all sold more units on Nintendo platforms than any other platforms in 2008.
  • More 3rd party units were sold for Wii than any other home consoles in December for the 2nd consecutive month.
  • For the year, more than 132 million games were sold in America for play on Nintendo systems.

Name of the next Zelda Hint in Patent?

Shigeru Miyamoto has filed a patent which might contain clues to the name of the extremely anticipated next Zelda game for the Nintendo Wii. Deep within the patent is the name, “Legend of OO”. Could this be the initials for the next Zelda? Perhaps… for now all we can do is speculate on what OO might stand for.

Virtual Console and WiiWare Update

WiiWare™

Jungle Speed® (Playful Entertainment Inc., 1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Jungle Speed is a lightning-fast card game for the entire family, where quick reflexes and a keen eye will put you on top. Flip your cards, watch your opponents and grab the totem at the right moment to win the game. Just when you think you’ve got it down, a new card can temporarily change the rules and keep you on the edge. Play starts when the first person flips a card. Moving around the table, symbols are revealed until two of the exposed cards match. Players with matching cards must then scramble to grasp the totem in the middle of the table; the loser gets the winner’s cards and anything in the pot. With paws flying, be the first person to get rid of all your cards and win the game.

Planet Pachinko (Allied Kingdoms Inc., 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone—Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): Can you survive the Pachinkeet Temples of Planet Pachinko? In the future of the future, an ancient civilization has sealed away its riches in elaborate temples dedicated to the game of pachinko. Now the Robot family must fight through these dangerous temples in search of their lost puppy. Using their rockets, lasers, grenades and slime launchers, will they be able to survive the challenges? They aren’t the only ones adventuring through the temples. The pirate Vile Vill and his minions are looking to loot the temples and take on the Robot family. Play in single-player mode or with a friend in exciting two-player co-op.

Virtual Console™

Castlevania® III: Dracula’s Curse (NES™, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): This is the third game in the popular Castlevania series and the last of the franchise released on the original NES console. Take on the role of Trevor Belmont, forefather of Simon, and battle Dracula in a time long before the events of the first two Castlevania games. In addition to his trusty whip, Trevor has a previously unseen power—the ability to transform into one of three different companion spirits that he meets during his quest: Syfa, a young vampire hunter capable of powerful magic; Grant, a ferocious pirate who can climb on walls; and Alucard, forgotten son of Dracula, able to shoot fireballs and transform into a bat. Use an assortment of weapons (some specific to each character) as you choose which path to follow in your fight against Dracula and his army. Loaded with replay value and featuring some of the best platform action ever, this title is not to be missed.

Wii Sports Outsells Mario

That was quick! Wii Sports has outsold Super Mario Bros. for the NES. Wii Sports had sold 40.24 million copies by the end of December 2008. Of course, it cheated by being bundled with the Nintendo Wii in nearly all countries the console has been sold in other than Japan and South Korea. It took Wii Sports 110 weeks to oust everyones favorite plumber. Thanks VGChartz.