Infendo Live Blog – Japan Nintendo Media Conference 2008

Click the “read more” link below for a constant live feed from several sources covering the event currently going on in Japan. The amount of blogging depends on just how much, or if we even get any news at all. At the least you will see headlines tomorrow morning.


[1:45]-Nintendo has announced “Nintendo DSi” Details coming…

[1:52]-Iwata talks about DS sales and how they have hit a peak with current model, and market plan…

[1:57]- Supports SD cards. There is a DSi Shop.


[2:02]- 12 percent thinner (no GBA slot), Larger screens 17% bigger (3.25″), 2 cameras with one at VGA resolution

[2:05]-Has pitch/playback options with improved speakers

[2:05}-3MP camera

[2:06]- Now two touch screens, pics can be edited via touch control

[2:07]- SD card slot included which allows pics and other stuff to be saved to cards and moved to Wii.

[2:07]- DSi has built in internet browser and allows you to save downloaded games

[2:10]- download DSi Ware with Nintendo Points

[2:10]– Apps cost Free, 200, 500, 800 points

[2:10]– get them via DSi shop

[2:10]– owners that connect by March, 2010 will receive 1000 Points as a gift in Japan only

[2:10]– Hits Japan on Nov 1st for 18900 yen…2009 release for rest of the world

[2:15]-At the same time as release a free opera internet browser for the console.
Opera and Nintendo are tuning the DSi so that it can allow for the fastest browsing possible.
in addition to DSi dedicated software that can communicate faster wirelessly

[2:18]-Miis on the DSi

[2:20]-Launch games: Valk Profile DS, Kirby, Kyotaro, Rockman, World Food, Phantasy Star Zero, Momotaro Dentetsu

[2:20]- Talk of possible Mario and Luigi 3


[2:24]- Final Fantasy CC for Wii and DS due out Jan 29th in Japan with connectivity

[2:25]- Wii presentation: To save the wii with the memory shortage the SD memory card can directly download Wii software and VC titles, also the Wii console software can easily copy and use the SD memory
This firmware update due Spring of 2009

[2:30]- Nintendo of Japan starting campaign to get Wii/DS/DSi owners online via Wifi adapted, etc…
Giving those who can’t connect to net 500 Nintendo points

[2:32]- In order to raise the speed of the Wii’s internet connection by 3 and a half minutes. Your wii can be sent in a fixed for free

[2:32]- more DSi screens

[2:37]- DSi hinge will not change

[2:38]- Animal Crossing Wii demo shows data transfer through the DS (Miis included)

[2:40]- Enhanced Gamecube Software to be released with additional Wii functions

[2:42]- More DSi games :3D Picross, Gyakuten Kenji, Infinite Line

[2:45]-Nintendo launching “Play on Wii Selection” with has titles such as Pikmin GCN

[2:47] – PUNCH-OUT for Wii is announced!

[2:48] – More Japan titles which are poor to translate

[2:49]- Wii titles include: Punch Out, Another Code, Sin and Punishment 2, Sangoku Musou 3, Monster Hunter 3

[2:53]- Uh-oh…Miyamoto on stage playing Wii Music….run!!!!

-Pitch editor on DSi

[2:59] – Trace Memory DS announced (Another Code: two memories?)


[3:01] – Miyamoto morning death of GBA


Miyamoto: “I wanted the Wii to be a game console that makes your living room bigger,”

[3:06] – DSi site launches

[3:12]- Ouch! Max brightness comparison DS: 5-8 hours battery life , DSi:3-4 hours battery life

-another layout image of DSi

[3:19]- Punch-out Wii off screen pic

[3:19}- DSi vs DS stat chart

[3:26]- Shiggy is still talking about Wii Music…”If only I had this video game when I was a kid. If kids play with this, what will they become?”

[3:30]- I think it’s over! Quite a night, eh? Thanks, Will for the help! If we missed anything just check back at Infendo tomorrow. Remember we have NOA conference in the morning!




  2. DSi confirmed

  3. wow, that was quickly into business

  4. GBA slot is excuded from the DSi. BAD MOVE!

  5. Bigger screens, better speakers system, 300,000 pixels cam.

  6. WAIT!! It’s only a DS Lite with more functions. Screw this. Where’s my DS 2?!

  7. Oooh a DSi Shop? Tell me more…

  8. Well, the SD card support kind of cements Nintendo’s storage plan for the Wii… but at least it will encourage Wii & DS(i!) connectivity. Glad that the camera is true; indifferent about the mp3 player; I would love a portable web browser but it would have to be tons better (read: faster) than the Opera one they released before.

    Because of the smaller size and added abilities this might be the first portable gaming device where I actually walk around with it a lot of the time (I rarely take my DS Phat out of the house.)

    Oh man I can’t wait; I’m so glad right now that I never bought a DS Lite. I think I’m going to lord that over my friend who has about 4 of them.

  9. DSi Shop? As in DS Virtual Console. Ohhhhh DANG!!


    This is gonna be awesome, better then the time i learnt to wipe my own ass

  11. You guys are updating faster than almost every other website tonight. You guys rock.

  12. So let’s see….they now have a dedicated browser, app store, internal memory, mp3 player, and camera.

    Yeah…they didn’t consider the iPhone a threat at all.

  13. Possible Mario & Luigi 3? *Stands still shaking with excitement* OH HELLZ YEAH!!!! I was WAITING FOR THIS BABY!!

  14. I’m kinda wondering….why wasn’t all this stuff at least teased at E3?? They might not have had the prototype for the DSi, but at least they were developing it.

    Weird. Pumped about M&L 3 though. Those games rocked.

  15. Fuck yeah, you guys are faster than Slowtaku.

  16. Makes sense that one of the slots would be on the side to avoid confusion between DS carts and SD cards.

  17. Any ideas what that third indicator light is on the left shoulder of the DSi?

  18. neko, but DS carts are SD cards, only in disguise as Game Cards. And at Rush, I’m not sure either. Maybe everyone at E3 2008 wasn’t ready for this BIG of an announcement.

  19. I’m still trying to figure out if the Blue small light is the power light. The yellow and black lights have me curious.

  20. yay ports…

  21. @Wii Luigi: Right, I know, but I’m sure Nintendo has a specific slot in mind for each. It’d be a pain to switch SD cards and game carts instead of just having one of each in at the same time.

  22. I’d guess the third light might be an SD activity light… maybe

  23. DLC for Guitar Hero: On Tour??????

  24. Mmm, Phantasy Star 0. I hope it’ll be out sooner rather than later, given the December release date in Japan. Don’t want to see it pushed back for the DSi launch. PS0 and Order of Ecclesia will be in my DS for quite a while, especially since there are very few other games on any platform I want to play.

  25. PUNCH OUT….YEAH!!!

  26. Well, all I can say is. This MORE THAN MAKES UP for the crappy E3 2008 Conference of Nintendo’s. Pefectly excusable apology accepted in my book.

  27. And here I was thinking, “They don’t make megatons like they used to…”

  28. Forget the Guitar Hero comment.

    That add-on plugs into the now defunct GBA slot….

    I wonder how they will handle that.

  29. Screw Punch Out (okay, not really, that’s awesome), Sin and Punishment 2! If it’s as good as the first one, it could be a true killer app for the Wii.

  30. I would love to see Wind Waker and Metroid Prime 1 & 2 redone with Wii controls as part of this new “Play on Wii” selection.

  31. Remember though…Sin and Punishment was a Japan only title. Here’s to hoping sales were good on the VC in the states to warrant a release in the US.

  32. Mostly Metroid Dark Jinjo…but hot damn Pikmin (I personally hope it’s Pikmin 2) or maybe they’ll throw both Metroids on one disc, as well as both Pikmins on one disc….who knows?

  33. Dark Jinjo: I’d love to see a Wind Waker port on DSi :p

  34. Although why do I have the feeling that DSi will have GCN graphics now?

  35. As long as this new “Play on Wii” thing doesn’t give them an excuse to avoid making new entries in these franchises it sounds great to me. Also, what in the world is up with them waiting until Spring of ’09 to update the storage mess. They have proven tonight that they have some intelligence with the Sin and Punishment 2 announcement but they must lack plain old common sense.

  36. I might be missing something, but what is a “pitch editor”?

  37. Jinjo, why complain about the Spring 2009 storage solution problem? Let’s just be glad something was announced to be done about the WHOLE DAM thing. Who knows, maybe they have other stuff planned for Wii already and didn’t have room until Spring 2009 to do this.

  38. I know, I’m grateful that they are finally doing something. I can appreciate the effort. Just wish it could come a little sooner is all. 🙂

  39. Still no footage of the rumored Kid Icarus.

    Good showing overall though it seems the big reveal was the ds2 (now DSi). They kept it hidden from everyone fairly well. I’m impressed.

  40. Nintendo delivered.

  41. Man, that was a fun 3 hours of searching, and translating Japanese stuff. Hope I didn’t mess up on a lot of the translations, great to be of service Jake.

  42. I only have one question: do I still need to fear of a next-gen DS or DSi is the next-gen system of the Ninty Portables. If it is next-gen; sign me up.

  43. Im thinking, SSBB DSi
    Brawl On DSi

    That would be amazing, and you can download chars and maps, and you can play with the wii as well,

    And from DSi to DSi

  44. I figured out Nintendo!!!!

    they stop making games 6month before annoncing a new console handheld and stationary

  45. Why does nobody see this as a new DS console. it has so many more features people will be making games exclusively for this, 2 cameras, 1 VGA and 1 3MP, added SD slot, SECOND TOUCH SCREEN!

    this isn’t just an updated DS, it’s the same as between Gamecube and Wii, graphically not much change but the interface gets an improvement!
    to me, this is a new console with backward compatability to DS games.
    It’s a DS 1.5, just as the Wii once was a GC 1.5

  46. Woo hoo! Trace Memory’s back! =P

  47. im gay

  48. The NEW DSi Shop is what has me SOLD on the Nintendo DSi. I mean, you include the fact that the new little portable has 2 touch screens instead of 1 now, camera feature, SD car slot on the side to save data and such, AND MOST IMPORTANT TO ME, the possible release of a Mario & Luigi 3 to come out for the system hopefully. Count me in. I’m all for it. Although, I do wish Nintendo gave the DSi a couple more of hours of battery life on it instead of 3 – 4 hours of gameplay. All in all, I say I’m rather impressed so far. 😉

  49. DSi shop is cool…but I have the app store for my iPhone and unless the software is far superior to it, I don’t see a reason to get too excited.

    Also I’m pretty sure it does not have 2 touch screens. I think they corrected that piece.

  50. Anyone no what the i in DSi stands for?

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