If it makes you feel better, I'm sure the DSi is already "hacked" to play almost any roms you want off an SD card.
In any case, I see what they're doing with having console games on the Wii VC and handheld games on the DSi VC.
I was always really annoyed that they never remade Metroid 2 and never brought over a GBA version of Super Metroid. I thought they were no-brainers on the GBA. (Apparently, they were making Metroid 2, but it got canceled and they just released Zero Mission ... or something)
So Instead of just carrying a DS with some DS games and a few GBA Games, I now have to Carry a GBA/DS with a DSlite some GBA/Ds games. Thats real fun
Your sarcasm is absolutely dreadful. It has to be somewhat true for it to work. This does not, partially because you didn't even mention the DSi exclusive games ... in which case, why would you even bother getting a DSi? Which, I think is a pretty important point. Just because there's a new device, doesn't mean you have to buy it. I don't see how my earlier statement is somehow negated because you demand to buy a new device ... just use the old one, if you have no use for the new features.
I'm going to be blunt about this:
I've never seen so many whiny sandy-vaginas over a 8 year old format not being supported anymore ... except maybe VHS. No one even cried this much when the first DS stopped supporting GameBoy and GameBoy Color games.
I understand, that the GameBoy brand was backwards compatible for years. But, honestly, this isn't the GameBoy brand. The only reason why the GBA slot was on the DS to begin with is the same reason the Wii supports GCN games. It's because they thought the DS wouldn't do very well. Since it's somewhat of a self established platform now, and there are no new GBA games, at all, it seems silly to support something that no longer exists in the current market on current technology. In 2006, GBA games were still in the market, and, there were peripherals coming out for the DS that used the slot (guitar hero), that's the only reason I can think of why it's on the DS Lite.
Shouldn't you be more pissed off at the DS lite? I mean, all they did was make it smaller and make the screens brighter make the battery last longer and introduce new colors. Hardly anything new over the original DS, besides a size change and small upgrades to existing features.
On the DSi, not only did they do those same things, again, but there's also: internal persistent memory, an added SD slot, cameras ... for some reason ... larger screens, and downloadable services. I'm not talking about the media stuff, because I really don't care and it's not really a valid argument, I don't think anyone is going to go around using their DSi as some sort of MP... AAC player.
But none of that means shit because you can't play GBA, DS, and DSi games all on one unit? Well, I understand, honestly, but it's being unrealistic. You've already got five handheld devices that support GBA ... and none of those are good enough, because you want something that's pretty dead and buried to be supported for ... ever? There's no reason to continue to support the GBA on current hardware. Of course, the peripherals that used it are shit out of luck too, but I'm sure they'll figure something out.
It's silly to be mad at the DSi with the claim that it doesn't add anything to a three year old device (which is, obviously does), when the device it replaces really didn't add anything.
Though I am concerned that the DS will perpetuate like this, instead of new devices being made.