Nintendo has officially announced an upgrade to the DS portable gaming console. It is called the DSi, maintaining the trademark double-screen (DS). The new unit features a larger 3.5″ display, while becoming 12% thinner than the previous DS model. The DSi does not include a GBA cartridge port, which means the console can no longer play GameBoy and GameBoy Advance games. Otherwise, the DSi is extremely feature-packed, including cameras, paint software, advanced web browser, music playback, SD slot, internal storage, and more.
The DSi will launch on November 1st (Japan) with a cost of ¥189,000 (about $178 USD), which is in-line with the current DS model. Dates for International releases have not yet been announced.