It's official! Nintendo has announced that the DSi will be available to consumers on April 5th. It plays all DS games, plus includes the added features of a built-in web browser, slightly larger screens, and two cameras. Yup, it now has two screens AND two cameras. One is on the outside and one is on the inside hinge. Should be interesting. Also, it has a DS Shop, which is like the Wii Shop Channel, where you can download games directly to your DSi. Very cool. The only downside is they took out the GBA slot, so if you have games that use it (like Guitar Hero On Tour), then you'll need your trusty DS lite. Personally, I don't really care about that part.
There will be two colors available at launch: Black and Blue. The blue is sort of a sky blue, which is cool. I'm not sure which one I like better. Naturally, there will be many colors available later on.
The DSi will cost $179 when it is released, which falls in line with the cost of the Japanese DSi, which was released a few months ago.
My hope is that there are loads of new games ready for download from the DS Shop on launch day. Then I'll definitely want to get one. If not, then I'll still probably want to get one. Just because I'm a rabid Nintendo fanboy. And there ain't nuttin' wrong wit dat.
For the official press release from Nintendo, click here. Also, you can go to NintendoDSi.com if you want to stay up to date on the DSi and its related announcements.