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Nintendo DSi

Nintendo DSi
alaScore 98

5577 reviews

Feb, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5577 reviews of Nintendo DSi. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, portability, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo DSi is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 716 user reviews of Nintendo DSi from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good reviews.

usability, price, portability, design, size

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo Handheld Console DSiNintendo DSi Handheld Console (White)Nintendo DSi XL Handheld Console (Wine Red)

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Nintendo DSi


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2364 user reviews of Nintendo DSi from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Views about the size and portability are overall positive. The design and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, design, portability, size

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo DSi XL - Midnight BlueNintendo DSi Console - BlueNintendo DSi XL 20 in 1 Starter Kit - White

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Davies (

Nintendo DSi XL Review


It's the DSi on steroids, the portable console for the poorly sighted, for your grandparents, for anyone with big hands and big pockets. On sale in Japan for several months now, the Nintendo DSi XL has only just arrived on North American shores. Not so...

Unless you’re having significant issues seeing the displays on your DSi, or demand better audio quality, it’s hard to suggest existing owners upgrade to the DSi XL. Of course, with Nintendo taking the lead in promoting casual or “educational” gaming to...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Carol Mangis (

Nintendo DSi XL


Apart from its larger size and bigger screens, Nintendo's newest handheld gaming device, the DSi XL ($189.99 list) isn't all that different from its smaller sibling, the DSi ($169.99, ). In fact, it's almost identical. If you're looking to get into...

Larger screens are easier to see. Side-angle viewing is much-improved and makes for better group gameplay. Louder, clearer sound. Pen-size stylus is bundled

Not as pocketable as the DSi. Screen size has increased from the DSi, but resolution remains the same. Low-resolutions cameras have not been upgraded from the DSi. Comes in two odd colors

Larger, but otherwise very similar to the DSi, the Nintendo DSi XL is a great choice if you're getting your first portable Nintendo device, especially to share among family members. The larger screens alone, though, don't provide enough incentive for...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (

Nintendo DSi XL review


Since Nintendo first asserted sole domination over the handheld gaming market with the release of the paperback-sized Game Boy in 1989, the company has striven time and again to make its pocket systems smaller, meeting fantastic financial success along...

Unmatched durability ; Fills a room with sound ; Slightly improved battery life

Some games look pixelated ; Stiff, shallow buttons unsuitable for longer play ; Fingerprint magnet

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Marc Saltzman (

Nintendo DSi XL Review


If you subscribe to the belief that bigger is better, then you'll be plenty happy to wrap your hands around the new Nintendo DSi XL.

Larger screen size ; Still very portable ; New matte finish offers better grip ; Compatible with DS cartridges

Weak and overpriced titles ; Same screen resolution as the DSi and DS Lite ; Small number of preinstalled titles

Nintendo’s blown-up DSi XL offers a more immersive experience, but may not be worth the upgrade for existing DS owners.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Jeff Bakalar (

Nintendo DSi XL (burgundy) Console reviews

Mar, 2010

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Nintendo DSi XL (Midnight Blue)


There's no debating it, the Nintendo DS is by far the best-selling portable system ever released. With approximately 128 million units sold worldwide, no other gaming handheld comes close to the success of the franchise. Even the Sony PlayStation...

Adds two supersized screens; improved viewing angle; fantastic battery life; great new pen-shaped stylus; preinstalled games and software

A bit bulky and heavy; size makes device less portable; no improvements over DSi's cameras and internal storage; networking hiccups found in DSi remain; text-based games may look slightly blurry; old DSiWare games can't be transferred over to the XL

At the end of the day, the DSi XL is exactly the same as the DSi, so unless you're desperate for more touch-screen real estate, or your vision is impaired, we can't recommend a purchase over the original DSi.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Chris Kohler (

Size Certainly Matters With Nintendo's DSi XL


An extra inch of screen real estate takes Nintendo's newest portable from mere novelty to drool inducing must have.

Big, gorgeous screens and comfy Sharpie-sized stylus prove it: Size matters. Better battery life than DSi ; TIRED Blown-up art looks a bit pixelized. Where are we supposed to store that giant stylus

Blown-up art looks a bit pixelized. Where are we supposed to store that giant stylus

Feb, 2010


Expert review by: Damon Brown (

Nintendo DSi


Nintendo isn't known for upgrading systems without reason, and the new DSi adds considerable power to the company's handheld line. Fresh features like brighter/bigger screens, Secure Digital (SD) Memory card support and twin digital cameras prove cool...

Intuitive to use; fun multimedia options; slick WiFi gaming; online shop

Weak camera; no editing of non-DSi photos; lacks GameBoy Advance support; limited music compatibility

WiFi gaming capabilities and fun camera and sound activities make the DSi a welcome upgrade for most Nintendo fans.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Daniel S. Evans (

Nintendo DSi


The new Nintendo DSi portable game system ($169.99 list) follows Nintendo's new tack of making its consoles less about a given game and more about the overall playing experience. Other handheld gaming consoles, such as the Sony PSP focus on flashy...

Improved Wi-Fi access. Dual cameras. SD Card Slot

No Game Boy Advance slot. Small library of downloadable games

The New Nintendo DSi is a lot of fun, but, like the Nintendo Wii, it's not for the hardcore gamer.

Apr, 2009

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Nintendo DSi BrainAge Bundle (White)


Just four and a half years after its initial release, the Nintendo DS has sold more than 100 million units worldwide, solidifying itself as the best-selling portable video game console of all time. Even the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), which is...

Adds two larger screens; two 0.3-megapixel cameras; a bit thinner than the DS Lite; exclusive access to the DSi Shop for downloadable games and applications

No longer supports Game Boy Advance games; lower battery life than its predecessor; Internet security settings are buried and confusing

While not all previous DS owners should upgrade, the DSi is an ambitious and solidly designed portable gaming system.

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

The Nintendo DSi is the third model of the Nintendo DS platform, following Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite, and Nintendo has developed Nintendo DSi with the aim to further expand the Nintendo DS audience. Some typical functions include the ability to change the pitch and the speed separately by using the touch screen. The ability to freely manipulate the audio pitch and the speed can expand how the audio player can be used in more practical ways as well. You can fast-forward a podcast to economize the time. When you use the repeat-run function with the stylus, it becomes easier to copy the music, to play a musical instrument or to practice foreign languages. Also, since Nintendo DSi has a microphone, Nintendo is incorporating the DSi sound function to make use of it. Nintendo DSi has internal memory, just like Wii. After storing the data there, you can choose to activate this data from the menu screen.

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode:Stereo


Run Time (Up To):14hour(s)

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.25in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.3cm
Output Type:Color
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Game Console

Color Support:Color
Form Factor:Handheld
Name:Nintendo DSi
Type:Handheld game console/Handheld game system/Handheld game system / Handheld game console


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nintendo

Input Device

Type:4-way cross keypad