Nintendo DS: Pokémon Black & White Is Region Locked For Nintendo DSi

Popular online retailer PlayAsia has informed prospective customers that the highly anticipated Pokemon Black & White is actually region locked on the Nintendo DSi and the Nintendo DSi XL

“We got the first units of Pokemon Black / White in and confirmed, that the games are indeed region-locked on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL consoles.

Please understand that we are not able to accept returns due to region lock issues. We are sending you this email to keep you informed and to ask you to make a decision based on this information.

First off, if you have a Nintendo DS or DS Lite Console from any region then there is no problem.

However, if you have a Non-Japanese DSi / DSi XL console then the title doesn’t not work at all on your console. The console simply will say: ‘no game cartridge’.”

– Play Asia


Nintendo DS: Nintendo Blocks Flash Carts Via DSi Firmware Update

Nintendo have taken further steps to reduce piracy on the Nintendo DSi by providing a firmware update that effectively blocks the majority of flash carts that are readily available for the popular handheld.

The 1.4.1U update provides a number of system related fixes but according to numerous gaming publications the firmware update goes one step further and prevents the use of unauthorised flash carts.


Nintendo DS: Nintendo Slashes Prices For Nintendo DSi And DSi XL

Nintendo have announced today that they’re planning to cut the recommended retail prices for the Nintendo DSi and the Nintendo DSi XL on September 12th in the United States.

As of September 12th the Nintendo DSi will be reduced to $149 and the Nintendo DSi XL will be reduced to $169. Presumably the price cuts are a result of the Nintendo 3DS, which will hopefully launch later this year.


Nintendo DS: White And Pink DSi Heading To The States?


Popular games retailer, Toys R Us, have added a listing to their site for both the white and pink iterations of the popular Nintendo DSi. Whilst Nintendo haven’t confirmed anything as of yet, it’s more than likely that this duo will make an appearance state-side at some point this year.


Nintendo DSi: Nintendo DSi Finally Gets Facebook Support


Nintendo is now allowing Japanese and European DSi owners to connect to popular social networking site Facebook.

Nintendo DSi owners can now upload Facebook pics and access their accounts when upgraded to the system’s version 1.4 firmware. With Facebook adoption being excessively high in the West it shouldn’t be too long before gamers in the States receive this handy update.


Nintendo DS: Nintendo Had Designed A Brand New Successor To The DS


Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata has revealed that Nintendo had previously designed a successor to the Nintendo DS/DSi but have subsequently decided to scrap it.

Whilst no hints were given regarding the features the console contained or its aesthetics, Nintendo firmly believed the time wasn’t right for it to introduce a completely new hand-held gaming device to consumers.

But when we are launching new hardware, the most important is thing is to sustain the momentum. If introducing new hardware won’t do anything to do that, well…”

– Satoru Iwata