Archive for March, 2010

Stupidity Is everywhere. From individuals to large corporations, to governments, stupidity is one area where supply is on the increase. If only we could power the planet with stupidity.

Despite the huge amounts of stupidity scattered around, you’ll find a piece of stupidity that is so pure, so unbelievable that you just have to stand back and admire the minds that came up with it.

Today I got my first look at the new Nintendo DSi XL.

I’m a big fan of the DS Lite. I’ve had one for years, it’s gotten me through many long flights, many delays at airports, rainy days stuck in hotels. It’s a great little device.

It did always have one annoying problem. I couldn’t connect it to the internet when I was at home. I like many people use WPA security on my router, and the little Nintendo DS Lite didn’t like WPA encryption.

Option 1 – Change the security on my home network to suit the DS (not something I was willing to do).
Option 2 – Buy a little USB dongle from Nintendo to allow the DS Lite to connect through a computer.

I’ve decided to stop paying companies for solutions to problems that they create, it just encourages them so option 2 was also out.

Option 3 – Learn to live with the fact that I don’t use the internet features of games on my DS Lite.

Option 3 has worked reasonably well for me.

Nintendo released an update to the DS Lite a while back, the DSi, and what do you know, it claimed to handle WPA security settings for connecting to the internet. I must admit, that feature and a camera weren’t enough to get my interested so I ignored the DSi.

Now Nintendo have released a further update, the DSi XL, which is basically a bigger DSi.
So, for those who perhaps have a DS Lite and are wondering if the DSi or DSi XL are worth upgrading to, let me help you out. The answer is an emphatic No.

Here’s why.

1. Yes, the DSi now handles WPA security settings. But, it has been implemented in such a way that existing games, and indeed many new games won’t be able to use it.

In short, unless a game is specifically written for the DSi it must still connect to the internet through the old connection mechanism.

As stupidity goes this really takes the cake. I can not fathom what kind of people sat in a room and came up with that kind of solution and gave it the all clear.

2. DSi specific games (the ones that will be able to use WPA security settings) will be region locked.
Let me explain something about the Nintendo DS. It’s a small portable gaming device. The
kind you might bring on holiday, or on any long flight. The kind of device you might use to occupy your self for a few hours while waiting for a plane.

I’ve bought more than a few games while on holiday or while actually at an airport.

And because the DS was always region free, you could do that. But, no more.

Now unless you think to buy the games at home before you travel, you can forget about buying them at all.

I don’t know what commercial implications or benefits there are for Nintendo from making games Region free, but using myself as a sample of 1, it will mean less games being bought.

In perhaps the most ironic twist, the built in SD card slot on the DSi will make it much easier to download cracked pirated games for the DSi. Something that I would never have considered up until now. Games were usually cheap enough, and on the DSLite using pirated games involved a bit of hassle.

If Nintendo push forward with trying to region lock their DS games then they will be pushing people who would otherwise have bought a game towards pirated games. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.

In a nutshell. The DSi (and DSi XL) doesn’t fix the one issue I had with the DS Lite, and it introduces a whole new kind of problem in the form of region Locking.

Bye Bye Nintendo, you’ve lost a fan. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.