DS Lite being discontinued?

Leaked GameStop memo reportedly says the oldest version of Nintendo's handheld still on the market will soon be off the market.

Source: Tech blog Ubergizmo.

What we heard: Anyone walking into a retailer today can find three non-3D types of Nintendo's DS handheld on the shelves: The DS Lite, the DSi, and the DSi XL. However, if the Ubergizmo report is to be believed, that number will soon be down to two. The tech blog has apparently acquired an internal memo from game specialty retailer GameStop, which says that the most venerable variant of the handheld on the market will soon be off the market.

Time to say adios to the DS Lite?

"New DS Lite systems have been discontinued and stores will no longer be replenished on this product," reads the memo. "Once your store sells through its current stock of these units, please remove any corresponding DS Lite (Crimson, Black, and Metallic Rose) display boxes from the sales floor and discard."

The official story: "Nintendo doesn't comment on rumor and speculation." -- Nintendo of America rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Likely not bogus. The original DS, first introduced in 2004, spent less than three years on the market before being discontinued. The DS Lite first arrived in North America in June of 2006, meaning it has been available at retailers for nearly five years. And with the introduction of the 3DS, the camera-less DS Lite is showing its age more than ever.

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gbrading
gbrading moderator

I think they're trying to push the DSi and DS XL all they can while it lasts, considering the 3DS.

Yodelyfish
Yodelyfish

if anyone hasn't noticed yet, dsi's are as easily hackable as the ds lite. thats not why they're ending the line. They're trying to remove another reason for people to buy a ds instead of a 3ds without eliminating the ds line. They'll remove dsi's from the market in a year and a half or 2

Neophyte555
Neophyte555

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jirca87
jirca87

If this is true then I am really glad I just bought one a couple weeks ago. I never had a GBA, so I'm glad I still have a chance to pick up some old games that I missed

Henninger
Henninger

I still have my DSLite cuz 1) it plays my GBA games & 2) its the gold Zelda limited edition DS.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

DS lite was great because of its design and ability to play GBA games, but it was really bad for Nintendo because of the rampant piracy.

Flint247
Flint247

I still have my DS lite and I just got a 3DS. It would be sad if they discontinued the DS lite, but we have to move on.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

nintendo ds lite had a very good run why discontinue this , they should have not put out a xl and keep the lite out

aramsley
aramsley

This still seems new to me (or at least newer) because I have only ever had the original ds

drswank
drswank

With all of the other models out there, I thought this had happened years ago.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

Does Nintendo EVER comment on anything that they do?

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

I'm only surprised that Nintendo took this long to discontinue the DS lite. GBA games have been off the market for a while and the DSi systems have clearly been the primary DS system. I guess that people had continued to buy the DS lite in enough numbers to continue production but that it has finally tapered off to a point in which its not longer worth it to produce.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@lizzie1238, Actually, I used to think the same thing about the XL too, but as Adam_the_Nerd stated--and I, too, can attest to--even though it's big (I don't go too many places w/ it as much I did w/ my Lite), it truly is a pretty damn awesome iteration of the DS for those of use w/ either poor sight or big hands. It's especially helluva good investment (on DS) if you play a lot of textual-based games (Ace Attorney series, Hotel Dusk, 999, Layton, etc.). Owning one now, I can truly say my gaming in terms of playing my DS games has become even more enjoyable (and easier on my eyes, lol). Still that being said, I still adore my 'pimped out' (I changed the housing/shell to all metallic red a while, back before I got my XL :P) DS Lite. Other than a dead/dying touchscreen it still works perfectly. Now I know even more that I (still) will not be getting rid of mines....guess I better hurry up & get on Ebay for that replacement screen, lol. Rest well, old friend, you've done us DS gamers proud these past 5 yrs. :)

TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

Rest in peace, you did us very well and I'm sure no one will get rid of their DS

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The DS lite is being discountined. Since 2006-2011 I guess it is time.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I think it was discontinued a long time ago in the UK.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Easily the best bang for the buck of the line, without all that extraneous crap you don't really need.Being able to still play GBA games on it is really a nice feature too.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

GBA games are best played on the Micro, which is lighter, smaller, yummier. DSi is best for ds games. 3DS is best for 3DS games. 'nuff said.

lewser5
lewser5

being able to play gameboy advance games, is the main reason i still have my lite.

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

This DS is the best though since it plays Advance games. So now I am sad :/

maxwell97
maxwell97

I was thinking of trading mine to offset the cost of my 3DS, but I'm glad I didn't. Lots of good GBA games to be played. If only it didn't have that one pixel that's been green since the day I bought it...

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Time flies, doesn't it? :?

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

The DS Lite was the best DS IMO. I still have it and don't plan to get rid of it so I still play my GBA games once awhile.

Lamesy
Lamesy

DS Lite was the star performer of ALL console and handheld iterations this (now rapidly closing) gen. I remember picking one up the summer before Wii's debut... and its price still hasn't budged an inch! Zero price drop while all other hardware hits the bargain bin = best in gen

JasPlun
JasPlun

I liked the DS Lite the best anyway it also played Gameboy Advance titles as well. I could care less if it has a camera or not thats what cell phones are for:P

ocarina_jedi
ocarina_jedi

Looks like I better get that new battery for mine while I still can.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

R.I.P. DS Lite. Man, 4 years fly by past (when I got my NDS lite).

soulless4now
soulless4now

Hard to believe it's been that long since it's been out since I got mine in 2007. Time sure does fly by.

franzito
franzito

I still have the 1st DS release and I'm happy with it

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Is this really news?? The DS Lite did its time.

Neagus98
Neagus98

@ deathstream I hope so xD

Fusionmix
Fusionmix

My DS Lite is still essential for its GBA BC. I always thought the DSi was an extraneous update.

BlackForestHam
BlackForestHam

My ds lite broke around a year and a half ago. Got a 3ds to pick up where I left off but im still thinking of repairing my ds lite.

SonicX_89
SonicX_89

I'm glad I just got mine then. I've been putting off buying one for the longest; I should have been gotten it. I'm really enjoying it. Sonic Rush & Pokemon Black (my first ever Pokemon) has been really good.

deathstream
deathstream

So do they pull a Sony and start releasing the old GBA games in bundles on the DSi/3DS?

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

Everything's being discontinued this week. lol

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

No surprises here. If you missed out just buy one used or get a DSi, which is pretty much the same thing but with cameras and DSiware support.

StanleyL
StanleyL

my ds lite is still going strong

Calvin079
Calvin079

likely not bogus. It doesn't surprise me.

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

This is the DS I have. Even when I dropped it and the hinge broke, I quickly got another DS Lite. This will be sorely missed.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I still have two original DS systems that still work perfectly fine, and the DS Lite I gave my brother is still working as well. GBA games with back lighting until the wheels fall off......

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

What? Come on. This WILL be missed. I'll probably have to get another, because I have my GBA games, and the D-pad on my DS Lite is half broken.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

The Original and Lite DS models are pretty outdated compared to the newer stuff. It's a good thing I sold my Lite before it's value went down any further...

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

Whatever! IMO this was the best iteration of the DS before the 3DS came out. I never jumped on the DSi bandwagon mainly because they removed the GBA slot and the hardware was just the same with a few gimmicks included. I'd rather have the GBA slot.

Lucca202
Lucca202

You mean, they haven't been discontinued yet? Funny, it's been a while since I have last seen a Lite for sale. I only saw DSis in stores. Well, this marks the end of the GBA, I guess. Now your only option is to buy a handheld that won't run your game paks. Which is bad. I'd better take good care of my fatty DS.

Ovirew
Ovirew

It was a great handheld, and the best iteration of the DS line in my opinion. But it's time to move forward I guess, these are the days of the 3DS.

ndhcemployee
ndhcemployee

I'll always remember the lite's I own (and have owned). I must've gone through three different DS's before I was finally able to keep one intact. Luckily, I broke every one of those three DS's before the warranty expired. But I find it hard to believe Nintendo would cancel the DS Lite. It's the only DS that plays GBA games (Are they even making those anymore?), and is the classic epitomy of a DS. Everybody I know well owns a DS lite, and I only know one person who owns a DSi. I Pace Requisate

Linkari
Linkari

I thought it was discontinued. My Gamestop keeps telling me all they have is used copies.

OmegkaX9
OmegkaX9

I still only have the original ds and never saw the point in buying another one