5 things you need to know about the Nintendo DSi

Its screens are bigger than the DS LiteThe 3.25in screens are noticeably bigger than those on the old–school DS Lite, although only one is a tou

The 3.25in screens are noticeably bigger than those on the old–school DS Lite, although only one is a touchscreen. This means hurtling around the track on MarioKart is even easier on the eye and will make checking out the web nice and easy.

It's got camera skills

The pair of 0.3MP snappers are designed not only for using in–game, but also for taking snaps on the move. Ok, the resolution might be akin to a five–year–old mobile, but there are hours of fun to be had farting about with pictures of yourself. Think Apple's iSight, but on a console

It's pricier in the UK

The £149.99 price tag makes the DSi pricier here than anywhere else. You can nab one for £136 in Japan and £119 over in the States. The reason? None. Apparently us Brits just like paying more. Wait a while and you can bet that will drop sharply.

It's 12 per cent thinner than the DS Lite

The lack of a GBA port means that the DSi is nice and thin, slipping into your pocket (if you happen to love baggy jeans). Despite that, you'll find an SD slot so you can stash music and movies for when all that Pokemon and GTA Chinatown Wars action gets too much.

It's region locked

The region–friendly DS Lite is being replaced by a machine which doesn't like us buying our games in different territories. Pick up a game in the States and it won''t play nice on your British machine. We call this lunacy, but don't expect it to be the state of play forever.

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Essentials

Nintendo DSi

Price: £149.99

On sale: 3 April

Contact: Nintendo