The DSi will be arriving in the States pretty soon, and alas, it will be lack a GBA port. But according to a new Iwata Asks interview, the DSi wasn't always a one port system.
While still in the design stages, the DSi had two slots for DS games, said Nintendo development engineer Masato Kuwahara. The change was implemented in response to fan requests, but as it turned out, it made the DSi a great deal bulkier. In the end, they had to drop it.
"The response wasn't that great, and, to tell the truth, we'd sort of been expecting that," said Kuwahara. "According to the determined specifications, however, there was nothing we could do to stop it from turning out like that. We unveiled it to them, all the while doubting that it was going to be all right."
Kuwahara also said that the relatively marginal changes between the DS Lite and the DSi were a "source of frustration" for him, but that he hoped that features like the larger LCD screens and new matte finish would make the fans happy.
Well, the DSi does certainly look nice enough. We'll go on mourning that GBA slot though. How will we import our