$169.99 in the US, $199.99 in Canada. Anyone getting one? If I happen to see one in a store sometime soon, I can see myself doing something stupid, but really, I have no need for one. My DS serves me well.
Until demand warrants it, I will keep the DSi release information in the DS threads. This is a one-time-only launch-day special.
I still use my original clamshell DS, with no regrets (the later DS model actually feels too light in my hands, if that makes sense) ... I was tempted to pick up the DSi for music playback, but - apparently - it doesn't support MP3s, so no thank you.
I really like Tactics... but if I didn't already have a DS, I'm not sure I'd buy one just to play one game. That said, I think that there are enough titles out for the DS now that I wouldn't worry too much about buying a DS or a DSi, I'd just do it if you have the expendable cash. I do like the Zelda title (though some of the puzzles that rely on DS only things like blowing into the mic threw me), and there are lots of fun "play for 10 minutes and put it down" titles of various kinds. Game Fly does rent DS titles, so you can do that instead of buying lots of other games. You might see if you can get an older DS. I like my original DS just fine, and do not intend to replace it (the newer not DSi one feels a little small to me, but I think the button configuration might be better against cramping) with the DSi in the forseeable future.
Damn it, I didn't even realize a new Tactics was coming out. Why can't they release these things in the winter when I have more time.
It is real-time, which is another reason why you have to be able to devote a lot of time to it. The most satisfying weapon sound is when you take a bowling ball and take out 5 or so zombies like bowling pins.