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Nintendo DSi £99.99 @ WH Smith [DS Hardware]

Jonathan Lester
DSi, Games deals, Hardware, Nintendo DSi

Nintendo DSi £99.99 @ WH Smith [DS Hardware]

With the 3DS only a few months away (either in mid-March or his holiday season if myriad retailer rumours are to be believed), we can expect the price of the DS range to start falling fairly quickly. However, WH Smith have reactivated their excellent £99.99 price tag for the Black or White DSi, which will save you around £12 compared to Amazon (the cheapest rival).

The Nintendo DSi retains the dual screen, touch-sensitive design of the DS Lite, but throws a few new features into the mix. SD Cards can now be inserted into the device, essentially providing the DS with a hard disc. This means that games and DLC can now be downloaded directly onto the DS and also opens up a whole new world of gimmicks possibilities!

Two 3MP cameras allow photos to be taken, stored and manipulated using the built-in imaging software; and an integrated sound playback/editing suite lets you take your music on the move... though don't for a moment believe that it's some kind of iPod killer. The reliance on AAC format music and the limited functionality of its software (which, let's face it, is designed primarily for entertainment) doesn't really stack up against its audiovisual peers.

So... is it actually worth upgrading at this stage? The jury's out on that one. Whilst the DS currently reigns supreme over the much more advanced PSP thanks to a greater range of games and, frankly, a greater sense of fun- the 3DS is just around the corner. The incremental upgrade from DS Lite to DSi is only worth doing if you genuinely need to connect to WPA2 wireless networks (which the DS Lite simply can't do... stupid thing...), this price could make a lot of sense for original DS owners who want to swap their ungainly fat models for something a little more pocket-friendly. Newcomers, on the other hand, will find the DSi to be a fun and stalwart companion to those long boring commutes.

Thanks to deanos at Hot UK Deals

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