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    DSi XL Hardware FAQ by KeyBlade999

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    0. Contents****************************************DS0***********************
                                         CTRL+F System Format:  **DS#**
    -1. Donations                      | DS-1
    0. Contents                        | DS0
    1. Intro                           | DS1
    2. Technical Specs                 | DS2
    3. What's in the Box?              | DS3
    4. Start-Up Set Up                 | DS4
    5. DS -> Wii Connection            | DS5
    6. DS -> 'Net Connection           | DS6
    7. DS -> Nintendo WFC Connection   | DS7
    8. The DSi Shop                    | DS8
    9. Playing Games (DS)              | DS9
    10. Playing Games (DSi Shop)       | DS10
    11. Playing Games (Wi-Fi (Local))  | DS11
    12. Playing Games (WFC)            | DS12
    13. Playing Games (Demos)          | DS13
    14. What's Included?               | DS14
    15. Sleep Mode                     | DS15
    16. Changing Settings              | DS16
    17. Version History                | DS17
    18. Legalities                     | DS18
    
    
    1. Intro****************************************DS1**************************
    Welcome to my 20th FAQ yet - the hardware specs of the DSi XL. Being made to
    not replace the DSi was a mistake on Nintendo's part, but, nevertheless, this
    is my favorite. Enjoy.
    
    2. Technical Specs****************************************DS2****************
    Release Dates: Japan        : 11/21/2009
                   Europe       : 3/5/2010
                   North America: 3/28/2010
                   Australia    : 4/15/2010
    
    DSi XL Size (closed): 161 mm. long, 91.4 mm. wide, 21.2 mm. tall
    
    Screens: (Top) 3.36 inches long, 2.52 inches wide. TFT-LCD.
             (Bottom) 3.36 inches long, 2.52 inches wide. TFT-LCD. Touch sensitive.
             (Pixels) 256 * 192 (49,152) per screen.
    
    Weight: 314 grams.
    
    Camera: There are two VGA .3 megapixel cameras, one on the outside, one on the
            inside hinge.
    
    Colors: Can produce 260,000 colors.
    
    Buttons: A, B, X, Y, Start, Select - on right side, when opened.
             D-Pad, Power button - on left side, when opened.
             L - Left shoulder.
             R - Right shoulder.
             Touch Screen - bottom screen.
             Mic - Beside internal camera, on hinge.
    
    Media: DS game cards, SD/SDHC cards (up to 32 GB).
    
    Sound: Stereo, two speakers, on top screen. Allows headphones.
    
    Brightness Settings: 5
    
    Power: Anywhere from 4 ~ 17 or more hours per charge, depending on age of the
           console.
    
    Battery: 840 mAh, life of approximately 500 charges. May then be replaced.
    
    CPU: Two ARM architecture CPUs, ARM7 and ARM9.
    
    RAM: 16 MB.
    
    Storage: 256 MB internally. May insert SD Cards for more.
    
    Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g internal wireless. Supports WEP, WPA (AES/TKIP) and WPA2
           (AES/TKIP) wireless encryption.
    
    3. What's in the Box?****************************************DS3*************
    (Other than those ads...)
    
    - 1 DSi XL (duh).
    - 2 styli, one in console, another spare.
      - The pre-installed is 96 mm. long.
      - The spare is pen-shaped and 129.3 mm. long. It will not fit in the DSi XL.
    - 1 AC adapter/charger, applicable with DSi/DSi XL.
    - 1 rechargeable battery - pre-installed
    - Instruction manuals.
    
    That is all that matters, right?
    
    4. Start-Up Set Up****************************************DS4****************
    First, charge the DSi if you want, then press the Power button. The screen will
    come up. You will be asked to give information - your birthday, your nickname,
    your favorite color, your language, the time (digital 24 (military)), the
    current date, etc.
    
    Now, explore the world of the DSi XL!
    
    5. DS -> Wii Connection****************************************DS5***********
    Basically, you use the local-area Wi-Fi to connect to your Wii system. You can
    do some cool stuff on it - download some stuff and such. One game I know of
    has Wi-Fi stuff in it.
    
    - Pokemon: Basically, trade, battle, and play in 3-D with your D/P/Pt (and
               your HG/SS games, theoretically).
    
    6. DS -> 'Net Connection****************************************DS6**********
    You will need...
    
    - 1 wireless router or Nintendo WFC Connector
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 broadband Internet connection
    - 1 computer
    
    ... or this...
    
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 wireless Wi-Fi hotspot (see nintendo.com).
    
    At this point, go to the settings menu (the wrench icon) and select Internet.
    You should then search for an access point and perform the connection test.
    If you connect, exit. Head to the DSi Shop and download some stuff, and use the
    DSi Browser (if needed, download).
    
    7. DS -> Nintendo WFC Connection****************************************DS7**
    You will need...
    
    - 1 wireless router or Nintendo WFC Connector
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 WFC compatible game (Mario Kart DS, Pokemon D/P/P, etc.)
    - 1 broadband Internet connection
    - 1 computer
    
    ... or this...
    
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 WFC compatible game (Mario Kart DS, Pokemon D/P/P, etc.)
    - 1 wireless Wi-Fi hotspot (see nintendo.com).
    
    Go into the game's WFC menu (varies from game-to-game). Once in there, search
    for an access point. If you connect, you can play games with people all over
    the world. Trade Pokemon from Japan, race against the French - it is all up to
    you.
    
    8. The DSi Shop****************************************DS8*******************
    You will need...
    
    - 1 wireless router or Nintendo WFC Connector
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 broadband Internet connection
    - 1 computer
    
    ... or this...
    
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 wireless Wi-Fi hotspot (see nintendo.com).
    
    Connect to the Internet as shown in section six. Go to the DSi Shop from the
    DSi Menu. You will need DSi Points from various place to buy stuff here. Note:
    100 DSi Points = $1.
    
    9. Playing Games (DS)****************************************DS9*************
    On the back of the DSi XL, behind the top half (when open) is a slot. Put a DS
    game card into it. Push it in until it clicks. Open the DSi menu and look for
    the icon meant to represent the DS game. You should see the logo of the game in
    that. Tap it to start gameplay.
    
    10. Playing Games (DSi Shop)****************************************DS10*****
    You will need...
    
    - 1 wireless router or Nintendo WFC Connector
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 broadband Internet connection
    - 1 computer
    
    ... or this...
    
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 wireless Wi-Fi hotspot (see nintendo.com).
    
    Connect to the Internet as shown in section six. Go to the DSi Shop from the
    DSi Menu. You will need DSi Points from various place to buy stuff here. Note:
    100 DSi Points = $1.
    
    After selecting and downloading a title/application, return to the DSi Menu.
    A present-like icon should be there. Tap it (I think) to reveal the thing you
    downloaded. Tap that again to use/play it.
    
    11. Playing Games (Wi-Fi (Local))*************************************DS11***
    You will need...
    
    - 2 or more DS consoles (any kind)
    - 1 or more compatible games
    - An open space is recommended
    
    Download Play: Everyone should start their DS's to the DS/DSi Menu. One person,
    the host, should start the game card. The host will then go to the multiplayer
    function in the game. Use the "DS Download Play" function. At this time, all of
    the other players should go to the DS Download Play menu. An icon will appear,
    representing the game being played as well as the nickname (DS/game varies) of
    the person issuing the download. Tap it to participate. Follow any on-screen
    instructions, as they vary from game to game.
    
    Multi-Card Play: Everyone should start the DS's and the same game. EVERYONE
    needs to access the multiplayer function and access the multi-card play
    function. Follow on-screen instructions.
    
    12. Playing Games (WFC)****************************************DS12**********
    You will need...
    
    - 1 wireless router or Nintendo WFC Connector
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 WFC compatible game (Mario Kart DS, Pokemon D/P/P, etc.)
    - 1 broadband Internet connection
    - 1 computer
    
    ... or this...
    
    - 1 DSi XL
    - 1 WFC compatible game (Mario Kart DS, Pokemon D/P/P, etc.)
    - 1 wireless Wi-Fi hotspot (see nintendo.com).
    
    Go into the game's WFC menu (varies from game-to-game). Once in there, search
    for an access point.
    
    If you connect, go to the WFC functions (ie: GTS in Pokemon). Follow any on-
    screen instructions and get ready to play.
    
    13. Playing Games (Demos)****************************************DS13********
    At some retailers, such as GameStop and Best Buy, you may use the DS Download
    Play function and notice an unknown icon come up, one that seems like it isn't
    a video game. Exactly. This download will allow you to play upcoming game's
    demos and watch videos.
    
    I know this is extra, but my first experience was about to play Mario Kart DS
    with my sister and noticed the icon. I then was able to watch the KH: 358/2
    Days trailer.
    
    14. What's Included?****************************************DS14*************
    (On the console.)
    
    - DS playability
      - Allows you to play most - not all - DS games. Due to the GBA slot being
        removed, games, such as Guitar Hero, cannot be played on the DSi/DSi XL.
    
    - DSi Camera
      - Take some photos of yourself, mess with them, etc. See my FAQ in the DS
        Hardware for more in-depth stuff.
    
    - DSi Sound
      - Record some cool stuff. Maybe record you favorite part of a song, or record
        part of the Mario theme song. Again, see my FAQ in the DS Hardware for more
        in-depth stuff.
    
    - DSi Shop
      - Download games and apps, for a cost. Viable Wi-Fi connection (section six)
        required.
    
    - PictoChat
      - Talk with other people via Wi-Fi. No need to type so loud!
    
    - DS Download Play
      - Play multiplayer on games you don't have. Also allows access to demos, etc.
        at retailers.
    
    - DSi Browser
      - Allows you to browse the Internet. Viable Wi-Fi connection (section six)
        required.
    
    - Flipnote Studio
      - Allows you to make flipnotes. Afterwards, you can even put sound in them!
        Also, you can trade them with others.
    
    - Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters
      - Trains your brain with programs based on the arts and reading.
    
    - Brain Age Express: Math
      - Trains your brain mathematic-based programs.
    
    - Photo Clock
      - An alarm clock that uses DSi Camera photos as a display. Also features a
        energy-saving mode, making it better than the regular alarm clock!
    
    15. Sleep Mode****************************************DS15*******************
    Whenever you close your DSi, it goes into Sleep Mode. This means that it saves
    a crapload of power. The typical full-charge DSi XL will last 6 ~ 8 days on 
    Sleep Mode.
    
    Note that, in some cases, it cannot be activated. Also, some games (ie: Super
    Mario 64 DS) will make a noise when entering/exiting Sleep Mode.
    
    16. Changing Settings****************************************DS16************
    From the DSi Menu, you should select the wrench icon - the Settings.
    
    This will allow you to change the settings and other various things. Change
    your DS name, your birthdate, your color, wireless settings, and PLENTY more.
    
    17. Version History****************************************DS17**************
    Final - DSi XL complete.  5/4/2010
          - Changed Legal section.  11:52 PM 9/28/2011
    
    18. Legalities****************************************DS18*******************
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