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Nintendo DSi

Platform(s): Nintendo DS
Genre: Hardware
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

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Electronic Arts Bringing Casual Games to NDS As Downloads

by Rainier on Sept. 21, 2009 @ 3:53 p.m. PDT

The Nintendo DSi is 12% slimmer, sports 3.25-inch screens, does away with the GBA slot but adds an SD card adapter (download from the web and load off the card), allows you to play music and has two 3-megapixel cameras (one on the inside, the other on the outside). The DSi will become available in Japan on Nov. 1 for 18900 yen ($180) and will also be able to surf the web and catalog your photos in a flipbook or port them to the Wii. Nintendo will also launch a DSi Shop where you can download titles for free, or purchase them for either 200, 500, or 800 points (DSi comes with 1000 points free).

“EA has fully embraced the Wii and the Nintendo DS, bringing custom-built DSiWare games to the Nintendo consumer is an exciting opportunity for us to reach DSi owners with easy to play games that they can download and play whenever they want,” said Rod Humble, Head of the EA Play Label. “The lineup of games we have in development will appeal across the diverse DSi consumer base so whether players want to showcase their creativity and humor using MySims Camera or sharpen their math and word skills with Sudoku or Scrabble – our first games in the DSi Shop will deliver a quick and fun experience.”

MySims Camera is a camera application that utilizes popular MySims characters. You can take photos and overlay 3D MySims characters to bring them into the real world. The 3D characters can be animated, moved, scaled, rotated and cropped. You can also draw on the photos with the stylus pen or use the stamp tool to add more art and style.   Create a unique frame and save the photos to the DSi photo album to share with friends.   With MySims Camera, you make picture taking with MySims a fun creative experience for the entire family.

Sudoku offers hundreds of number-crunching puzzles that will stretch your brain to the limit! Play the exclusive Newspaper Mode, adding puzzles from your favorite black & white and starting your own collection! Sudoku features a host of grid designs, stat tracking and an in-game timer to test your reaction time. Play on 5 different levels from Easy to Insane. This engaging game has been polished to perfection and renders a sleek design that’s easy on the eyes. 

Littlest Pet Shop allows you to experience your favorite Littlest Pet Shop pets in a whole new way! Collect lots of pets, each with unique personalities and new, super cute animations.  Interact with your pets and watch their adorable reactions to their favorite toys and activities and dress them up in fun accessories.  You can also throw a dance party for your pets and watch them groove to a cool song.

 Scrabble comes to DSi with several unique gameplay experiences such as Scrabble Classic, which is the original crossword game that fans know and love as well as SCRABBLE Tools, which helps players hone their skills by strengthening their vocabulary, pattern recognition, and score strategies through fun and interactive training exercises. Each version will be sold separately.

Additional EA titles in development including: Downtown Texas Hold’em and unannounced original titles will be available later this fall.

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