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DSi pre-order offers with Gamestation and Game - £75.00

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I was in my local Gamestation today in Cwmbran, South Wales and happened to come across what seems to be a very good deal! The DSi is set for release on April 3rd 2009 for a RRP of £149.99 If yo…
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I was in my local Gamestation today in Cwmbran, South Wales and happened to come across what seems to be a very good deal!

The DSi is set for release on April 3rd 2009 for a RRP of £149.99

If you trade in either a normal DS lite, regardless of colour, you can get a whopping £75 off your purchase of a DSi on launch day! All you need to do is place a £10 deposit which you get off your DSi anyway :D
There is also a PSP 3000 deal in which if you trade one in you get the DSi for around £80 cheaper, if someone would like to confirm I would be grateful

Seeing as the DS lites have been around for some time now, I was very suprised when I saw that they were giving such a good trade in price for the DS lite against the new DSi and aswel they are giving a DSi starter pack with a bunch of little goodies (worth £15) that includes a case, a couple of extra stylus', DS game cases and lots more, with every sold DSi, the guy even said that they might include a free game too :P

Edit: Thanks to information from Dealdiva, you are able to do the same'ish deal with the Game website, main difference being instead of actually having £75 off your console, you pay the whole price online and then get a £75 game voucher in which you can spend instore, so essentially you are getting £75 to spend instore for your DS lite, not £75 off a DSi.
I would stick with the Gamestation deal because although its not much, the free accessory kit is worth a little something...:D






Details on Nintendo DSi:

The Nintendo DSi will be available in black or white and is the thinnest and lightest member of the Nintendo DS family. The console is packed with new features that will excite fans of and newcomers to the Nintendo DS range.

There are many ways to have fun with the Nintendo DSi, from creating, customising and sharing photos with friends & family or listening to and experimenting with your favourite music, to playing more than 1000 Nintendo DS games and downloading new DSiWare games directly onto your console. The Nintendo DSi also features built-in internet capabilities, meaning the fun begins the moment you switch it on!

Nintendo DSi brings motion-detecting cameras to handheld gaming

The Nintendo DSi incorporates two cameras adding an entirely new dimension to gameplay on the Nintendo DSi. The cameras are able to accurately detect facial features and players' movements. Moving the upper body, hands, arms and head in front of the camera now means play can be directed by movement alone, bringing a whole new way of interacting with the handheld.

Play with your pictures

The Nintendo DSi's cameras face inside and outside; mounted on the console's flip-up lid, so, users can snap themselves or their friends and families just as they choose. What sets the Nintendo DSi's cameras apart, however, is that the Nintendo DSi Camera software comes fully loaded with 11 special camera effects so that users can take shots using a range of special effects.

Users can edit their images during or even after they're taken. Choices include a distortion tool which allows users to use the Stylus to distort their image in a variety of quirky & fun ways, the ability to turn any face into fans favourite Mario with his famous moustache and hat, or frame the image beautifully. All of which can be saved into a personal photo album which in turn would allow you to use your Nintendo DSi as a personal digital photo frame! Users can share their snapshots with friends and family wirelessly. Or by saving the content onto an SD memory card, users can upload to their personal computer or to their Wii and share with friends and family using WiiConnect24!

Play with sound

The Nintendo DSi has enhanced volume and sound quality so that users can experience the Nintendo DSi Sound application, as well as in-game music, at its best. As well as bringing portable music to the Nintendo DSi (as players will be able to play AAC-encoded music files on their console), Nintendo DSi Sound introduces new ways for Nintendo DSi users to experiment and play with sound and music - changing the pitch, speed and even apply effects to sound files that are played on the console.

For example, users can slow down a phrase in a foreign language to get the pronunciation just right. But they can equally have fun recording their own voices and manipulating the play-back - adding sound effects to create new fun with sound. Players can also change the speed or add sound effects to songs, enabling them to create their own unique mixes, as well as learn words and instrumental solos more easily.

Download DSiWare and customise your Nintendo DSi with a whole host of new titles and applications...

Your can customise your Nintendo DSi by downloading games and applications from the DSi Shop, in addition to being able to carry around your Nintendo DSi with your very own unique photos & music files. A variety of fun software will be available for download in the forthcoming months. Examples include an application which enables users to make animated cartoons or by combining photos to create mini-movies (incorporating both sound and moving images); or the fun-filled WarioWare software which utilises the motion-detecting camera for a completely interactive experience. Users will also be able to download the Nintendo DSi Browser for free from launch that will enable users quick and easy internet access from their Nintendo DSi.

All of this and more can be downloaded directly from the DSi Shop using the internet and thanks to the Nintendo DSi's in-built flash memory these can be saved directly onto your console, meaning you can take all of your games and other applications with you wherever you go.

Packed with features, but thinner than ever

In addition to all of the new features, the Nintendo DSi comes in a matt finish and is a full 12% thinner than the Nintendo DS Lite, making it Nintendo's most portable handheld ever. However, it also packs a punch with a bigger, brighter, 3.25" screen. The Nintendo DSi has been designed to enable players to use almost all of their existing games on the new console, so those who already have a Nintendo DS (but would like to upgrade to Nintendo DSi) won't have to re-stock their library.
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#1
£75 would be a decent trade-in value, but against a DSi? What's the point? I won't be doing this, but voted hot anyway.
#2
The DSi seems like a really good new piece of hardware. Sure they shoulda made the graffics in the console a bit better but they still need to keep the price low for the younger target audience, so thats why they could only make little improvements hence the not-so-good cameras, but its still a improvement on the older model.
I for one will be trading in my old and picking up a new on launch :)
#3
Game are doing this too as part of same company in case anyone doesn't have a Gamestation near them.
#4
Ok, I didn't know that, thanks :)
#5
As you can buy a 2nd hand DS lite for much less £75, that's a pretty good offer!
#6
i have heard its £75.00 credit on your a\ccount or £50 cash trade in can anyone confirm:)
#7
im gonna do this i think
#8
Shame no one is doing offers on the original DS :-(
1 Like #9
For those who have M3 or R4 cartridges (that enable use of ROM cartridge backups or homebrew applications), the new DSi isn't really a good deal, even if it was the same price as the DS lite - it blocks the use of such cartridges, and has 'upgradeable' firmware (like the PSP), which Nintendo will use to lock out future backup cartridges - no wonder they're so keen on offering a good trade-in price!

It's not as if the DSi is that much better than the DS Lite anyway - it's a pretty marginal upgrade - e.g. 3.25" screens instead of 3", an extra touch screen, two low-res cameras, etc. Yes, it's faster, but with the huge market of existing DS Lites, I'm sure developers will be concentrating on the existing DS for a good long time yet.

Weigh up the pros and cons carefully before you rush to trade-in your DS Lite for a DSi! :thumbsup:
[mod]#10
Hi Gamekidgeorge
Good post. It's good practice to add the price and merchant to the title.
If ypu click "edit" and add "£75 @ Gamestation" that will help and probably get you a few more deserved hot votes.
Andy
#11
dealdiva
Game are doing this too as part of same company in case anyone doesn't have a Gamestation near them.


Confirmed this, they both are.

TehJumpingJawa
As you can buy a 2nd hand DS lite for much less £75, that's a pretty good offer!


Sure is i just brought two off here...one for £57 another for £67...so a bargain for myself if i wanted to get a DSi

Gamekidgeorge
The DSi seems like a really good new piece of software. Sure they shoulda made the graffics in the console a bit better but they still need to keep the price low for the younger target audience, so thats why they could only make little improvements hence the not-so-good cameras, but its still a improvement on the older model.
I for one will be trading in my old and picking up a new on launch :)


Hardware, not software? why price low for target audience? the parents buy them! and they know that, and the DS Lite has not fallen in price at all!

Ajibee
For those who have M3 or R4 cartridges (that enable use of ROM cartridge backups or homebrew applications), the new DSi isn't really a good deal, even if it was the same price as the DS lite - it blocks the use of such cartridges, and has 'upgradeable' firmware (like the PSP), which Nintendo will use to lock out future backup cartridges - no wonder they're so keen on offering a good trade-in price!

It's not as if the DSi is that much better than the DS Lite anyway - it's a pretty marginal upgrade - e.g. 3.25" screens instead of 3", an extra touch screen, two low-res cameras, etc. Yes, it's faster, but with the huge market of existing DS Lites, I'm sure developers will be concentrating on the existing DS for a good long time yet.

Weigh up the pros and cons carefully before you rush to trade-in your DS Lite for a DSi! :thumbsup:


The DSi already has a r4 type card released and working perfectly...so problem solved, for as long as there are people trying to stop piracy, the more it shall succeed...:thumbsup:
#12
DSi has no GBA slot, just so you know.
#13
awoodhall2003
The DSi already has a r4 type card released and working perfectly...so problem solved, for as long as there are people trying to stop piracy, the more it shall succeed...:thumbsup:


Yes, but with upgradeable firmware on the new DSi (installation of which will doubtless be a pre-requisite for newer software) there will be much more of an arms race on this front - my point is that the supposed benefits of the DSi probably aren't worth it, all things considered.
#14
Vegito
DSi has no GBA slot, just so you know.


WHAT!!! There are some fantastic games on GBA cartridges. Various final fantasys and fire emblems! Put me off massively :(
#15
Ajibee
Yes, but with upgradeable firmware on the new DSi (installation of which will doubtless be a pre-requisite for newer software) there will be much more of an arms race on this front - my point is that the supposed benefits of the DSi probably aren't worth it, all things considered.


if it was to stop piracy id say good idea, but why price it so high, surely after all these years they should have managed to reduce the costs of the basic DS parts. this is now more than an xbox or psp. and as far as i know the DS lite will still be for sale right beside it for £50 less, mental!
#16
Probably due to the fact that they have lost so much to piracy already. One of the main draws to the DS seems to be the abundance of pirated software, perhaps this has sort of worked in Nintendo's favour in terms of maintaining the high price of the DS as people are willing to pay knowing that they will recoup on software costs??
#17
This is the first DSi deal on here that has not been voted colder than the north-pole. Congratz :lol:
#18
my DS is in poor condition...... will that be ok?!
1 Like #19
Luck of the draw & down to branch staff on day if they will take a DS with faults or in any condition if they are too busy to check but T&C mention that must be in good working order so it's a gamble!
#20
Small print off Game website:
"Preorder your Nintendo DSi online, get £75* for your old DS Lite in-store!
Preorder your DSi at GAME.co.uk, released on 3rd April, and not only will we dispatch your new DSi console in time for delivery on release day, we'll also send you an email containing a special barcode.
Once you've received your DSi, print out the barcode and take it into your local GAME store together with your old DS Lite and DSi despatch note, to get a guaranteed £75 GAME Gift Card!*
*Terms & Conditions: UK ONLY. Offer valid from 03.04.09 to 13.04.09. To redeem this offer you will need to provide your online despatch note as proof of purchase together with a copy of the barcode which will be emailed to you on 02.04.09.
DS Lite trade-in value is either £75 GAME Gift Card or £50 cash during the offer period. Gift Cards can only be used in GAME Stores and are not valid for online transactions. Cash trade-ins require photo ID and you must be over 18. The DS Lite must meet GAME's quality control standards and include the charger and stylus. Imported consoles are excluded from trade-in. Manager's decision is final. This does not affect your statutory rights. GAME reserves the right to withdraw from this offer at any time. "
#21
frakison
Probably due to the fact that they have lost so much to piracy already. One of the main draws to the DS seems to be the abundance of pirated software, perhaps this has sort of worked in Nintendo's favour in terms of maintaining the high price of the DS as people are willing to pay knowing that they will recoup on software costs??


This is definetely true, as it does not void anyones warranty unlike other consoles ie 360, and even my girlfriends mum has an r4 card and she knows how to use it, and she is not tech savvy at all...showing that it is also easy for people to do. Whereas such things as flashing 360, or even softmodding the wii and id include the psp in that as well are not things you can do straight out the box and have running in seconds.
1 Like #22
magicbeans
my DS is in poor condition...... will that be ok?!


Here's the important bit...

dealdiva
Small print off Game website: [size=3]The DS Lite must meet GAME's quality control standards and include the charger and stylus.[/size]


So it's still up whoever is serving you at the time whether they feel your DS is in reasonable enough condition to satisfy their "quality control standards".
#23
dealdiva and cuddy THANKS x
#24
The deposit in GAME is £20.
In Gamestation its £10.
TehJumpingJawa
As you can buy a 2nd hand DS lite for much less £75, that's a pretty good offer!


Really? You would be quite lucky to get one under £70 off ebay.
#25
Flashcard for the DSi: http://www.emuboards.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=30803

if Nintendo put firmware updates on games, cant they just be stripped out by the people ripping the games?
#26
lewismoo
The deposit in GAME is £20.
In Gamestation its £10.


Really? You would be quite lucky to get one under £70 off ebay.


ebay is not a good place to get examples from. Muppets on there pay over the top for everything
#27
K1LLER HORNET
Flashcard for the DSi: http://www.emuboards.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=30803

if Nintendo put firmware updates on games, cant they just be stripped out by the people ripping the games?


No idea, but if the PSP is anything to go by, then no.
1 Like #28
It is not £75 off the DS. As per the small print it is in fact a £75 voucher to spend in store AFTER you have bought the DSI at full price £149.99

Quote

"Preorder your Nintendo DSi online, get £75* for your old DS Lite in-store!
Preorder your DSi at GAME.co.uk, released on 3rd April, and not only will we dispatch your new DSi console in time for delivery on release day, we'll also send you an email containing a special barcode.

Once you've received your DSi, print out the barcode and take it into your local GAME store together with your old DS Lite and DSi despatch note, to get a guaranteed £75 GAME Gift Card!*"
#29
K1LLER HORNET
Flashcard for the DSi: http://www.emuboards.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=30803

if Nintendo put firmware updates on games, cant they just be stripped out by the people ripping the games?


I would think so (they don't seem to have trouble withe Wii and 360 protection upgrades), but it may involve updating the card (similar to the Wii update) and like its already been said, the ease at which the NDS can be used makes it available to everyone as it needs no tech skills?

Got to watch the direction of this thread though peeps, lets remember its not a warez forum :thumbsup:
#30
lewismoo
The deposit in GAME is £20.
In Gamestation its £10.


Really? You would be quite lucky to get one under £70 off ebay.



A secondhand DS lite at blockbusters only costs £74.99.

Are you really getting a deal here if you an R4 cartridge user? think of how much money you'll have to shell out on games
#31
radiokid
It is not £75 off the DS. As per the small print it is in fact a £75 voucher to spend in store AFTER you have bought the DSI at full price £149.99

Quote

"Preorder your Nintendo DSi online, get £75* for your old DS Lite in-store!
Preorder your DSi at GAME.co.uk, released on 3rd April, and not only will we dispatch your new DSi console in time for delivery on release day, we'll also send you an email containing a special barcode.

Once you've received your DSi, print out the barcode and take it into your local GAME store together with your old DS Lite and DSi despatch note, to get a guaranteed £75 GAME Gift Card!*"

Thanks for pointing this out, radiokid. Have some rep.

Does this deal need to be either edited or expired then? It's not £75, it's "buy a DSi at full price and we'll let you trade in your DS Lite for £75 worth of stuff".

Edit: oh, that's Game. Are Gamestation definitely doing £75 off? No further purchase necessary?
#32
Rubisco
Thanks for pointing this out, radiokid. Have some rep.

Does this deal need to be either edited or expired then? It's not £75, it's "buy a DSi at full price and we'll let you trade in your DS Lite for £75 worth of stuff".

Edit: oh, that's Game. Are Gamestation definitely doing £75 off? No further purchase necessary?


You can get £75 off the DSi at Game, but you have to go in-store to do it (I did it yesterday); i.e. trade in your old DS Lite, and get the pre-order deposit receipt for £20, and a gift card for the remaining £55 (to be redeemed either on April 3rd when the DSi comes out) or use it for anything else, and then pay the remaining £129 for the DSi some other way.

I think you can get the same deal after the DSi is released as well, if you don't want to spend any time console-less; but you run the risk that all the DSis will be sold out and hard to get hold of - but I don't think this is likely to happen (immediately) as it is not much of an upgrade over the DS Lite.
#33
Gamekidgeorge
The DSi seems like a really good new piece of software. Sure they shoulda made the graffics in the console a bit better but they still need to keep the price low for the younger target audience, so thats why they could only make little improvements hence the not-so-good cameras, but its still a improvement on the older model.
I for one will be trading in my old and picking up a new on launch :)

Keep the price low? A tiny start-up company is planning to release the Pandora, which is twice as powerful as the PSP, with a touchscreen, for £200. Whereas Nintendo has manufacturing muscle and can recoup money on games (Pandora is open source so any profits are made on the console alone). No, Nintendo could have released the DSi at under £100 and still turned a healthy profit. As it is they're milking it.
#34
If you have a cex store local to a gamestation store, gamestation will beat cex on trades by £1.
With cex you can get up to £71 trade in for a dsl, hence £72 @ gamestation.

Not such a special offer after all.
#35
Rubisco;4645655
No, Nintendo could have released the DSi at under £100 and still turned a healthy profit. As it is they're milking it.

Which due to the proliferation of R4 cards and easily found online sources of games, they need to. Or would you rather they went bust and or stopped investing in game technology completely? Sony & Microsoft have many other sources of income, Nintendo don't.
#36
sburley
Which due to the proliferation of R4 cards and easily found online sources of games, they need to. Or would you rather they went bust and or stopped investing in game technology completely? Sony & Microsoft have many other sources of income, Nintendo don't.

Nintendo is the most profitable company in the world per employee!The DS has sold 100 million units. A minority in the userbase, R4 cards are nothing, a minor annoyance. Stopping piracy is not the main reason for the DSi, it's because Japanese people have started buying the PSP, it's intended to curb that. They've only stuck anti-flashcart stuff in because they might as well try.

Like I said, you could make a much more powerful handheld for the same price, Nintendo are making a large margin on the DSi, and are raking it in like there's no tomorrow on games sales despite the ease of piracy.
#37
Rubisco;4646777
Nintendo is the most profitable company in the world per employee!The DS has sold 100 million units. A minority in the userbase, R4 cards are nothing, a minor annoyance. Stopping piracy is not the main reason for the DSi, it's because Japanese people have started buying the PSP, it's intended to curb that.

It doesn't matter how many they've sold in total, it's how many they're selling now that matters - otherwise why are Ford and GM complaining, they've sold billions of cars.
Nintendos sales colapsed in the last quarter of 2008.
I never said the DSi was to stop piracy, but it is too raise revenue and their main hope is that the DSi will boost their poor recent profits after they downgraded sales forecasts for the Wii.
Nintendo also lost174 billion Yen in the last three quarters of 2008 due to currency fluctuations around the world.
If you go into computer shop in the Far East; HK, Japan, Taiwan etc, most have hardly any DS games on display as everyone buys R4 cards and gaming websites freely distributing content are widely known by Jo Public and operate completely unhindered. I was last there only last month and the shops I went in reported no trade in legitimate DS games.
The DSi is make or break for Nintendo at the moment.
#38
RickyL7
You can get £75 off the DSi at Game, but you have to go in-store to do it (I did it yesterday); i.e. trade in your old DS Lite, and get the pre-order deposit receipt for £20, and a gift card for the remaining £55 (to be redeemed either on April 3rd when the DSi comes out) or use it for anything else, and then pay the remaining £129 for the DSi some other way.


I just want to get something straight. You gave them a £20 cash deposit which brings the final payable price of the DSi on launch to £129. I understand that part but why is the gift card only £55? Shouldn't it be the full £75?

I could understand if it they gave you a £20 and £55 gift card but you specifically mentioned you paid them £20 cash as a deposit, not them give you £20 (cash or gift card).

:?
#39
Cuddy
I just want to get something straight. You gave them a £20 cash deposit which brings the final payable price of the DSi on launch to £129. I understand that part but why is the gift card only £55? Shouldn't it be the full £75?

I could understand if it they gave you a £20 and £55 gift card but you specifically mentioned you paid them £20 cash as a deposit, not them give you £20 (cash or gift card).

:?


Ah no, I gave them no cash... they get my old DS Lite, in return they use £20 of the £75 trade in value for the deposit on the DSi, and then they gave me the remaining £55 on the gift card.

When I go to collect the DSi (on April 3rd), I'll give them the £20 deposit receipt, and then have £129 remaining to pay... use the £55 gift card, and then have £74.99 remaining to pay.
#40
RickyL7
they use £20 of the £75 trade in value for the deposit on the DSi, and then they gave me the remaining £55 on the gift card.


That clears it up nicely, thanks :thumbsup:

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