Nintendo announces DSi with dual cameras, “DSi Shop” content store [update]

3 10 2008

Nintendo has announced the new DSi at its Fall presentation in Japan. The device features a dual touchscreen layout almost identical to the DS Lite, though the company is calling it a “third platform,” which means it’s complementing the existing system, not necessarily replacing it. Looks-wise there’s not much different happening, but it’s some 12 percent thinner — partly because it omits the GBA cartridge slot. The displays are slightly larger, at 3.25 inches apiece, and there’s an external three megapixel camera as well as a front-facing camera located on the inside hinge. The DSi has an SD slot and internal storage — we’re not sure how much at the moment — but photos can be taken directly to the Wii Photo Channel on the card. Nintendo’s also launching an online “DSi Shop,” which will sell content directly over WiFi, including a free browser app and “DS Ware” game — and the company will offer free wireless connectivity at “Nintendo Zone” hotspots located in Japanese McDonalds. The shop will take the newly-renamed Nintendo Points (formerly Wii Points), 1000 of which will come free with the handheld until March 2010, and content will be priced in 200 / 500 / 800 point brackets. The DSi will come in white or black finishes, and will cost ¥18,900 ($178) when it launches in Japan on November 1st — the rest of us will have to wait until next year.

Credited to Engadget.com and Nintendo

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy

1 10 2008

For Edward to possess the Philosopher’s Stone, he has to go through the evil Homunculi in the first Fullmetal adventure for Nintendo DS!

Features

* Six playable characters: Edward or Alphonse Elric, Roy Mustang, Alex Louis Armstrong, Izumi and Scar
* Perform devastating melee and combo attacks
* Release powerful alchemy attacks with the Nintendo DS touch screen
* Explore the Fullmetal Alchemist story that features the same voice cast from the Cartoon Network TV series
* More than 10 touch screen mini-games, including “Whack-A-Homunculus” and “Fullmetal vs. Flame”
* Tons of unlockable content including talking character alarms, image galleries, and video and sound libraries

Who knew science kicked so much butt? Brawling is the formula for Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy, a side-scrolling action game that puts players in the role of Edward Elric, the Fullmetal Alchemist, on a journey to combat the evil Homunculi and acquire the fabled Philosopher’s Stone.

Alchemy might be hard, but controlling Fullmetal Alchemist is easy. You press A to attack and B to jump. Players can execute different attack combos, but make no mistake: the game’s formula calls for tons of brawling.

The most valuable attacks come from the DS touch screen. Each of the six playable characters have special attacks, and to activate them, all you’ll need to do is touch the appropriate icon on the touch screen. Edward, for example, can put up walls and produce an explosion from a cannon. To activate these attacks, you’ll just need to touch the respective icon.

As you fight through each level, you’ll occasionally come across touch-screen challenges. You won’t need to do this on-the-fly, which is important to note. The game will stop and let you prepare for the challenge. In one challenge, for example, you’ll need to untie a kidnapped person.

Bottom Line
Although this game will mainly appeal to Fullmetal Alchemist fans, those who like brawlers should give it a look.