Does the DS really need a camera?
Sure why not? lots of possibilities here, the taking photos and using software like Goo (where you could stretch faces and stuff) and online chat, some new possibilities for games.
Quite cool how it has 2 cameras, one for taking pics and whatever.
Will current DS lite owners feel left out?
I'm sure some people will be very annoyed, but it's not like it's a surprise a new revamped model would come out, it happens with cars and just about everything else and noone is forcing you to buy one.
Those who have a DS or DS Lite won't be able to play stuff that requires the new hardware will miss out, but there's thousands of DS games anyway.
Will people use the DS Store when it's launched?
I for one will, changing cartridges is a real pain.
Does this bring the DS more into line with the iPhone?
Not IMO, the Iphone is a phone primarily, the DS is a games machine.
Is a third DS a hardware revision too far?
Not really, I'm not surprised at all, not sure if it was really necessary though.
Would you have preferred a completely new console from Nintendo?
The bottom line is Yes, I would have preferred a new console.
What would have been ideal is if Nintendo just stopped at the DSlite and spent all that dosh they're raking in on a new handheld with a faster processor and lots of other features and brought it out say about late 2009, early 2010.
They could have had 2 touchscreens (and bigger), better wifi, battery life, faster processor, personally I think an internal HDD is a stupid idea, various flash cards storage is getting bigger all the time, more than enough for a handheld.
And on top of that, there wouldn't have been the incompatibility problems that the DS and DSlite is gonna have with the DSi.
However at the end of the day, would I buy one?
Well, as it turns out, it's my daughter's birthday in a few weeks, I'm giving her my DSlite, which means I'll have several months to salivate over the DSi, so if it turns out to be everything it's cracked up to be, yep, you can be sure I'm gonna get one.