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New Nintendo DS on the way

Nintendo unveiled the next iteration of its DS handheld this week — the DSi.

The DSi’s new features include two built-in digital cameras, an SD card slot and larger screens. The DSi is also a bit thinner than its predecessor, the DS Lite, but is noticably longer and wider (to account for the larger screens.)

The new screens, which are now both touch-sensitive, measure 3.25 inches diagonally as compared to the DS Lite’s 3.0-inch screens.

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The DSi will play all current Nintendo DS games, but the system will not include a slot for Game Boy Advance games.

Nintendo’s “next big thing” will be available in Japan next month (for approximately $180) with a U.S. release scheduled for some time in 2009.