It may have been around for a while, but the Nintendo DSi is still a great way to play. It's small enough to fit in your pocket and play on the move, but with its dual screen and console-style controls, it still feels like 'proper' gaming. There's still a great range of titles ideal for players of all ages, but with a real emphasis on children's and family games, so you can be sure the main focus is on fun!
If you've never tried handheld gaming before, or are looking for the next step up from playing on your phone, then now's the time to start with the Nintendo DSi. We've got great offers on preowned consoles in our stores until 8th March, so why not pop in?
Key Features of the DSi
The DSi has a host of cool features that helped turn handheld gaming on its head. There's the twin screens, one of which is a touchscreen and makes great use of a stylus on a number of games. Then there's the twin cameras - one facing you, and one facing out, meaning you and your surroundings can become part of the fun.
The rechargeable battery is powerful enough for eight hours of gameplay, and the combination of internal storage and an SD memory card slot means you shouldn't have to worry about saving or storing your games.
There's even inbuilt Wi-Fi, allowing for multiplayer fun with of DSi gamers, as well as access to a great range of online features, including a built in web browser and DSiWare - Nintendo's online range of games just for the DSi!
The Top DSi Games
Players of all ages can enjoy the wide range of games available on the DSi. There's plenty of fun to have with grown-up puzzle games to keep your mind active, fun adventure and sports titles to keep your hands active, and plenty of children's titles - to keep the little ones active!
For grown-ups and families:
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training - How Old Is Your Brain?
Stretch those little grey cells with a daily workout, courtesy of this gem that was one of the lead titles for the DSi. Based on the theory of keeping your brain young through quick, mental activities, you'll be faced with a series of puzzles to identify - and improve - your 'brain age', and the more you play, the more new puzzles you can unlock.
42 All-Time Classics
Chess. Draughts. Poker. Bridge. Billiards. Bowling. Darts. And 35 more classic games for you to enjoy. Making full use of the touchscreen and stylus, these games are quick and easy to play with no troublesome cards, boards or pieces to worry about! There are varying difficulty levels to test players of all abilities, and multiplayer mode lets you challenge friends, or players all over the world.
If you're looking for something a bit different, and a bit creative, then Art Academy is the game for you. You don't have to be a great artist as the step-by-step lessons will teach you a range of painting and drawing techniques. With lessons inspired by the likes of Constable and Leonardo da Vinci, if ever there was a game to use the stylus with, this is it!
Professor Layton series
If you like a Victorian adventure twist to your puzzles, then join up with Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke. Combining charming animation with a series of mini-games and puzzle after puzzle, each game has a new setting, new characters and a new mystery to solve. Perfect to play with your children - or cheekily on your own!
Family favourites like Harry Potter, Batman and Star Wars get the building-block treatment in a range of games that put a fun spin on these classic characters. With all-new adventures and challenges based on the classic movies and stories, there's plenty to enjoy for kids and adults alike!
For the children
It wouldn't be Nintendo without Mario popping up, and he's really made the DSi his playground! There's classic adventures in New Super Mario Bros and Super Mario 64, or see him get sporty in Mario Kart and Mario Slam Basketball. You can even see him take on Donkey Kong, or go head to head with Sonic at the Olympics. Whatever you like, this little plumber can handle it!
Moshi Monsters - Moshling Zoo
The global phenomenon has made its way to the DSi. Filled with all-new Moshi Monsters to play with and a whole heap of puzzles and mini-games set across new areas of Monstro City, there's hours of fun to be had for your little Moshling. There's even trophies and super secret items to win which can be used within MoshiMonsters.com!
Combining a way with words with a series of puzzles to solve, Super Scribblenauts will stretch creativity and imagination. Write down the word for the object you think will solve the puzzle, and then use -and even combine- adjectives to make sure it does the job! The game can be played again and again, and the best part is, the kids won't even realise they're learning!
Those collectable creatures are all over the DSi with a host of titles to collect - just like the Pokemon themselves! Collect your Pokemon and take on opponents in your quest to be a Pokemon master - and with the new Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 hitting the DSi later this year, now's truly the time to catch 'em all!
Animal Crossing: Wild World
This is a hugely popular title, set in a world where players make their own stories. Move into a village, buy a house and then... well, it's up to you. As the seasons pass you can make friends, buy and collect new items, go fishing, dig up treasure - it's really up to you! And you can play with friends all over the world, too.
Girls' best friends
There's plenty for young girls to enjoy on the DSi, with games featuring all their favourite characters. From Hello Kitty loving life with her friends, to fun and games with Peppa Pig, to all kinds of adventures and excitement with Barbie, the DSi is one console that is really not just a boy's toy.
DSi has all sorts of accessories that not only help make the most out of your games, but can help you take care of your console too.
We have a whole range of cases and carrying bags to help protect it and keep it safe. From more practical designs to colourful and unique cases featuring your children's favourite characters, there really is a case for everyone - and kids will even want to put the DSi away so they can show off what they keep it in!
We have extra stylus sets, because we know they can go missing(!). We also have screen protectors to reduce the risk of scratching or damaging the touchscreen. Everything you need to make sure you get maximum use out of your DSi.
So, for a handheld console with games - and prices - that make it a great starter unit and suitable for all, give the Nintendo DSi a try.