The Nintendo DSi is the third model in the Nintendo DS family. It was announced by Nintendo on October 2, 2008. It is brighter, thinner, and lighter than the DS Lite, due to the Game Boy Advance slot being removed, which caused a lot of disappointment when it came out. One internal camera and one external camera was added, along with music playback functions, larger screens, an SD Card slot, and a DSiWare shop app (similar to the Wii Shop Channel).


With a cubic volume of only 193.94 cm3 (11.77 in.3), the Nintendo DSi is officially the smallest and lightest handheld in the post- Game Boy line. (Nintendo's smallest handheld ever is the Micro).

Length: 137 mm (5.39 in.)

Width: 74.9 mm (2.95 in.)

Height: 18.9 mm (0.74 in.)

Weight: 214 g (7.55 oz.)

Other Features

DSi Camera

The DSi Camera allows players to take and edit photos using a series of 12 different lenses. The lenses vary from distorting photographs to merging two faces together. The software can store up to 412 photos. Any additional photos can be stored in an SD card.

Nintendo DSi XL

A year later, Nintendo announced and released a larger version, called the Nintendo DSi XL (originally called Nintendo DSi LL on Japan). Its most notable improvements over its predecessor are larger screens, better viewing angles, a longer battery life, and a shiny surface with a matte underside for better gripping. Like its predecessor, it is not backwards compatible with GBA games.


While no DSi-specific game cards have been released, several games and applications (known as DSiWare) can be bought off the DSi's online store using purchased points, in a similar manner to the Wii Points.

DSi Colors

  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Black
  • White
  • Green (Black Friday edition)
  • Orange (Black Friday edition)
  • Lime Green (Japan only)

DSi XL Colors

  • Burgundy
  • Bronze
  • Midnight Blue



  1. IGN: US DSi Release Detailed, accessed 2009-02-18
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