Soon To Be Released Nintendo Dsi XL and Just Announced 3DS

Two exciting new announcements for mobile gamers are Nintendo’s soon to be released Nintendo Dsi XL and the just announced Nintendo 3DS. I have not tried either of them, but the new features are sure to get little and big gamers very excited, especially for those that want bigger screens and input devices or  a 3D mobile gaming experience.

Nintendo DSi XL™ 

Nintendo DSi XL™ features listed from the press release:

  • 4.2-inch screens – 93
    percent larger then the Nintendo DS™ Lite system screens (improved wider viewing angle)
  • Colors are Burgundy and Bronze, including a matt finish
  • 2 cameras
  • Photo-and sound-manipulation tools
  • Larger pen-like
    stylus
  • Parental controls that let adults manage the digital content their
    children can access
  • The press release states: “With a broadband Internet
    connection, you can also upload photos directly to Facebook to share
    with friends or access downloadable Nintendo DSiWare™ games via the
    Nintendo DSi Shop.” Two free applications: the Nintendo DSi Browser and Flipnote
    Studio™ are also included.

The release date is set as March 28 and the suggested retail price is $189.99.

In honor of the celebration, Nintendo has a “What would you
like 93% bigger?” application on Facebook® Platform at http://apps.facebook.com/ninetythree-percent and their Twitter profile: @NintendoAmericaI have a feeling gals may answer that question differently then guys…

Website: Nintendo DSi XL

Nintendo 3DS:

On Engadget today I saw an announcement that they caught in press release from Japan: Nintendo has just slipped out a press release in Japan informing the
world that all-new 3D-capable portable hardware is coming, with a full
unveiling set for E3 2010 this June. Tentatively titled the 3DS, this glasses-free
3D wonder is pitched as the successor to both the DS and DSi, and will use a
“compatible cart” that should ensure backwards compatibility with your
vast library of favorites from the older consoles. Nintendo expects to
launch the 3DS into retail “during the fiscal year ending March 2011
.”CLICK OVER to Engadget to see pictures and more details.

3D gaming without the glasses sounds like a good fit for on the go gaming.

Disclosure: This is not a paid post, it is information from press releases and other tech sites.

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3 Big Nintendo Announcements: Wii Price Reduced to $199.99, World of Nintendo Sampling Tour and new Mario Bros. Game

I had to opportunity to speak with Denise Kaigler, the VP of Corp.
Affairs for Nintendo of America on a press call to find out about 3
announcements Nintendo has just made. Here are some key items from the
conversation:

  1. Nintendo Wii price decrease: Just in time for holiday shopping, the price of the Nintendo Wii will drop $50 from $250 to $199.99 – effective Sep 27.
  2.  NEW Wii Game out Nov. 15: New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a simultaneous
    multiplayer game that “offers a combination of cooperation
    and competition “.
  3. World of Nintendo – Consumer Sampling Tour starting in Oct. and ending in January: Click HERE to see full schedule.
    The World of Nintendo Consumer Tours are firsthand sampling events that
    will showcase the diversity and breath of unique product experience.
    The tour will include Nintendo titles already launched (including the Wii Sports Resort that utilizes the Wii Motion Plus) and new Nintendo
    products (including the Wii Fit Plus )and is expected to reach 1 million consumers in 35 to 40
    markets. The tour will be at different larger venues like Long Beach Comic Con, VGXPO in Philly and Big Apple Comic Con in NYC on Oct 2-Oct 18.

When I asked why Nintendo decided to do the sampling tours Denise Kaigler said “50 million consumers are sitting on sidelines, want to play, but have
not been convinced. They are waiting for that reason. Reducing price of
the Wii, continuing to come out with fun games and then showcasing
these titles will help the consumers
experience.”

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Two New Nintendo Games for DS/DSi: Fossil Fighters and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Professor_coverWhen it comes to screen time, I enjoy offering kids games that challenge them in different ways.  Two new Nintendo games for the DS/DSi do just that. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box "features a riveting new mystery and more than 150 new brain teasers, riddles and logic puzzles". Fossil Fighters  "incorporates elements of discovery, tactics and strategy as players try to get the best vivosaurs (a type of dinosaur – in the game there are 100 types) on their teams to battle it out on the field." 

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Disclosure: I received both games for review. I gave Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box to my chief tester (my 10 yr old son) who has not used it yet because he just came back from camp. My 6 year old twins received Fossil Fighters. One of my twins claimed testing ownership and demonstrated to me how he digs for fossils with the hammer, chip, drill and brush – and Vivosaur battle strategies. My 6 year old was able to understand how to play the game independently and even taught his mother some fossil digging tricks! I receive some Nintendo DS/DSi games as review items but we also buy many on our own…

Fossil Fighter is rated E (Everyone) and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older).

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Nintedo Press Releases: WiiWare, Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong and eXiteBots

We enjoy using our Wii for screentime fun in our own house. Because my friends know I write about technology, they ask me for information about Wii games. So I decided to add myself to the Nintendo press release site to keep up to date. Here are some recent press releases of interest:

"WiiWare™, the downloadable video game service for Nintendo's Wii™ home
console, launched one year ago today. It arrived with a promise to
provide a venue for game developers to showcase their ideas, while
delivering to consumers the newest, most interesting games available at
accessible prices, directly through the Wii Shop Channel in their Wii
consoles. With 81 games in its library, WiiWare ensures that there's
something for everyone. But beyond quantity, WiiWare offers quality
games and experiences for all types of Wii owners.

WiiWare games have been created by more than 40 different development
studios, from large companies to small startups. In fact, more than
half the games in the WiiWare library were created and self-published
by small independent studios, many with five or fewer employees."

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Active Video Games For The Nintendo Wii

I am just about to finish my Nintendo Wii Guide – when I happened to see this game at Target today:
Outdoor Challenge.
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The boy jumping got me at first look. The game has different adventures players interact with using the mat (included) and a Wii Controller. The instructions show very clearly the movements necessary for each game. I had my 10 year old, a male sitter that just got out of college, and my 6 year old twins try it. All had fun, and even broke a sweat. The game had "clean" excitement and gave everyone good challenges. The sitter said that he gets more of a workout from using the Wii Fit because it is set up for workouts – but that this game was "active fun". As it said on the cover, it did get my kids off the sofa during the time after school/sports that they usually like to relax in front of the TV.

Another benefit of this game is that each session is very short – so reminders that the gametime is almost over was not a big deal. Some games do engage players in a longer session, which makes shutting them off harder.

Next I may try the Wii Fit with Wii Ski or Shaun White Snowboarding because my son just learned how a few weeks ago in real snow. While anything Mario (especially MarioKart), Lego, or Super Smash bros seems to be popular with my tweener and his friends, the active games did engage my 10 year old who told me "that he felt like he exercised" with Outdoor Challenge, especially while playing the mountain track and log jumping games.

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