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Gallery: Nintendo DSi discovers America

It seems like forever for Nintendo fans but the upgraded DSi (dual screen) handheld gaming system will be released on April 5 in the U.S. Here's what to expect.
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After a five month head start in Japan, Nintendo's upgraded handheld gaming system, called the Nintento DSi, finally hits the shores of the United States on April 5.

Nintendo's upcoming handheld system includes new hardware functionality, new software, and an updated menu system, in addition to several physical design changes. The top highlights include dual cameras with editing software; sound recording and playback; and a new menu system.

Check out Gamespot's Nintendo DSi hands on for the U.S. launch.

The DSi will come in two colors (black and blue) and will sell for $169 in the U.S.

Photos: Gamespot

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The official box.

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The DSi has two 3.25-inch screens. It's also powered by 133MHz ARM processor and 16MB Ram. Its predecessor, the DS Lite has a 67MHz ARM processor and 4MB of memory.

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The DSi bottom is slightly longer and wider than the DS.

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But the DSi (bottom) is slightly thinner.

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The dual-screen DSi will come with two cameras - one inside and one outside, of course. You can take pictures and change them on the fly with 10 software-based lenses. Here's a kaleidoscopic effect.

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Kaleidoscopic

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You can play with colors.

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You can draw on the screen.

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The sound recorder lets you record up to 18 10-second audio clips. You can alter them by using your stylus.

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You can also edit the clips with noises.

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The Japanese version with the sound options menu. There are more than meets the eye. You can tap on the parrot several times and hear helium or robot sounds.

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The soundboard.

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You can also play music, however, the system only plays AAC files so you'll have to convert your music library to this format.

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With the default, you'll go straight to the start menu when you boot up the system. Choices are: Settings, DS card, Camera, Music, DSiShop, Network, and PictoChat. You can also adjust lighting to improve battery life.

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The menu from the Japanese version of DSi.

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The DSi D pad.

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The DS Lite D pad stands out a little more than the DSi.

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DSi buttons. Note how the finish is no longer shiny.

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DS Lite buttons stick out a little more.

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The DSi power button.

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The interior camera.

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Headset

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Volume control.

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Exterior camera and SD slot.

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