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GDC: DSi-specific game cards in dev

Hardware man confirms they're coming.

Nintendo has said that boxed games which rely on DSi-specific hardware functions like the new camera are still in development.

Speaking at GDC yesterday (thanks Kotaku), hardware group project leader Masato Kuwahara said that the "enhanced game cards" will allow developers to "create textures from photographs taken with the DSi camera", among other things.

Nintendo has previously hinted at DSi-specific games when it confirmed they would be region-locked, but up to now the only examples are games distributed through the DSi Shop, which is understandable given that the shop itself is new to the reworked handheld.

The DSi launches for GBP 149 in Europe on 3rd April, and you can read up on what we make of it in our Nintendo DSi analysis.

And for those of you just waking up to it, yesterday saw the announcement of DSiWare titles for the West, the promise of 1000 DSi Points for each buyer, and a host of other announcements in Satoru Iwata's GDC keynote.

Like The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (and we do like it). Seriously, wake up!