“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 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.
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 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’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