Or so Nintendo would like to remind us. They just announced a new DS model: click here for more details

In a nutshell, this is what has changed:

  • No more GBA slot
  • The unit is thinner, and the screens are slightly bigger
  • 3-megapixel camera
  • MP3 player
  • In-built web browser
  • SD card slot for storing photos and MP3s
  • Onboard storage…and this will apparently be used to download games from a DS game store, much in the vein of the Wii Virtual Console or WiiWare.

The price has also gone up, to about USD180, and the new version will be launched on November 1st. To be honest, this new version will only be a must-buy for me if they managed to work WPA encryption support into the device…I really don\’t want to run WEP on my router. Other than the addition of internal storage and the online store, I\’m not sure the other additions are really worth the asking price.

At the same event, they revealed that the Wii will allow you to download games to SD cards starting next year. It\’s not as good as a hard drive, but given the unit\’s limited capabilities it will have to do. The Wii can only read non-SDHC cards, so the maximum storage capacity will be 2.5GB – not great, but better than nothing.

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