Nintendo's Big-Screen DSi XL Coming To Japan, Europe And America

Nintendo's Big-Screen DSi XL Coming To Japan, Europe And America

Talk about an interesting decision here. As Sony plans to pump up its PSP Go for the holiday season, Nintendo is going to attempt to pedal its existing DSi even though the whole world now knows that a larger version is on the way. That's right, an enlarged DSi. For years, the DS has been slimming down, but now it seems as if Nintendo's research has found that at least some of its potential customers would prefer a larger screen.

 The DSi LL (or DSi XL, as it'll reportedly be known as in Europe) will feature an expansive 4.2" display, which is just about twice as big as the display on the current DSi. Curiously, the resolution will be exactly the same, so you'll be carrying around a larger device for no additional screen real estate. Call it the DSi for those with bad eyesight, but don't call it the next-gen DSi.



It's set to go on sale next month in Japan in brown, white or red, and it'll ship with three pre-installed DSiWare games. The price is expected to be around 20000 Yen (or around $220). What's most interesting though, is that the DSi XL won't ship in Europe and America until Q1 2010, which could definitely impact holiday sales of the existing DSi. So, now that you know a new DSi is but a few months away, are you putting your purchasing plans on ice?
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I think it's really crummy of Nintendo to release this in Q1, when the DSi was just released in April.

Kids are begging their parents to replace their DS's with DSi's for X-Mas. This newer version won't be available before then, so either we all get to be ogre's for making them wait until their birthdays next year, or we get to hear them whine about how everyone else is getting the newer "cool ones" a month or two after X-Mas.

If only we had such "problems" when we were kids.

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That color is oogly!

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Finally! My letter-writing campaign has paid off.

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I once started a letter writing campaign to raise awareness of carpal tunnel syndrome, but it ended ironically.

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I think it's great. I have a DS Lite and the screen is so small that I practically have to stuff it in my face. It looks and feels awkward. This size increase it cool. Sure the pixel density is worse, but since you can hold it back further now it won't matter. The DSi already slightly improved size (3 to 3.25 inches) but at 4.2 this is massive. Unfortunately I am t3h p00r and thus will be sticking with my Lite.

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3vi1, the thing about this model though is that it isn't actually aimed at kids. Kids don't need this new model it doesn't offer them anything that their current DSi's can't do other than larger screen. This is clearly aimed at older gamers (such as those who play the brain games etc for the elderly) who needs larger screens to see and makes it a better internet device. Even the color options proves this is aimed at an older generation. No 8 year old needs a DS XL especially if they already have a DSi.

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>> Kids don't need this new model

Need vs. Want.

A couple of news sites have said the larger screens are just for failing eyes, but that's BS. They are playing catch-up and trying to trump specs of competing systems.

Nintendo's audience is not the older demographics. It's kids. Look at the games from Sony and MS: Nintendo's the choice of the first-time/younger gamer.

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@ 3vi1: Normally  I agree with you, but who knows... maybe Nintendo did at least consider the appeal this unit may have to the older demo. Just a thought. Besides, you'd have to have poor eyesight to tolerate that hideous color. lol

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lol... I agree on the color comment! :)

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Agree with recoveringknowitall. The DS, DS lite, poorly received DSi, and now the clunky DS XL. As far as handhelds go, this is pushing the boundaries with its size.

Nintendo has bigger problems, people have realized the Wii sucks...

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the ds just keeps on getting bigger and bigger lol, i remember the original that i got when it came out really small compared to that one

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