DS Lite production jumps in Japan

Nintendo pushes to meet demand for redesigned portable with 700,000 units moving out for the month of April.

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Nintendo's DS Lite has been in high demand ever since its debut in Japan earlier this month. The handheld is a redesign of the original DS, which itself was in short supply as a result of selling out over the holiday season. However, those who waited in long lines just to try to purchase the machine won't have to wait much longer.

On the company's official Web site, Nintendo has announced that it will be stepping up production of the new portable, with its figures for March jumping from its original target of 450,000 units to 550,000 units. The future looks even better for would-be DS owners, with Nintendo revealing that 700,000 DSs will enter the pipeline in April.

Nintendo has not yet announced a release date for the DS Lite in North America or other regions outside of Japan. For more information on the DS Lite, check out GameSpot's DS Lite preview.

Discussion

58 comments
demonic_smiley
demonic_smiley

i'm in japan now and its still hard as hell to find one. the only reason my friend got one was because he was luckly enough to be in a store as they were getting a shippment injavascript:preview(); Preview

mickeyvov
mickeyvov

yeah, ive been getting a boner from it!!! ahhahhahahah, f ing nerds!!!

Ryu
Ryu

Freaking wow. Talk about scoring big off of a redesign...

-diVe-
-diVe-

I also am anticipating a black DS Lite. However, if that color isn't available, I'll still get it. I can't wait for this thing to come out in the US. :)

lageasy311
lageasy311

when is the darn thing coming to USA c'mon!!! I have already buckled and decided to purchase one!!! So I'm waiting for lite

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

Good, now they just have to step up production for the U.S. and we're all set.

Willdyer10
Willdyer10

finally... now i can get a ds lite without paying loads of money....

dfee
dfee

I am in the same boat as I'm sure are many others, I've wanteda DS for a while now, but I can't see buying one when I know the DS lite is coming out soon. Please come out in time for the new Mario, I can't wait! :)

rugosa-rock
rugosa-rock

Im japanese and like lite much. You to will like much. Buy one because it is great games and fun friends.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

mmmmm.....me want DS lite!!!

pyth0n13
pyth0n13

if u already have one i don't see many pple in the US going for this. Japan's a totally different story tho

Wulfei
Wulfei

I personally don't like the shape of it, it's too blocky for me, but from what I hear the performance is way better. It almost makes me wish I had waited for the DS Lite.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

That's good for japanese gamers but when is it coming to the states

pangitako
pangitako

if you cant wait just import. nothing really significantly different between u.s. and japanese versions.

NightRain
NightRain

DS just pwns. Lite will just put the final nail into the PSP coffin.

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

now the peoeple in th US of A are waitin for theirs

barnold81
barnold81

I want a Nintendo DS so badly, but I'm waiting for the DS Lite. It's driving me MAD!!!!!

joyer
joyer

im sure the psp will come out in a slimmer design... in diff colours haha seems to work for nintendo... i want one

Dakotz
Dakotz

i have mine on preorder so i hope this means that i will be able to finally get it! i don't have one so this is great news to me!

tankintheair315
tankintheair315

with hunters and such good games coming out ds is going to pwn psp

ra7krz
ra7krz

man the lite is kicking major butt in japan, nintendo is making a killing over there so they are bidding their time until the hype hits here, then all hell will break loose

bmg5230
bmg5230

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!!! When th F*@# are they going to send some our way?

buckshot
buckshot

The ds light is hot ,and i can't wait to get one!!!!!!

cyprus646
cyprus646

This make me very happy hope the lite has this kinda sucsess in the states.

buckshot
buckshot

The ds light is hot ,and i can't wait to get one!!!!!!

darkdaej
darkdaej

Meh, its a good redisign, wish itd come over the shore...

iceyyyy
iceyyyy

kamtong1 "meh, just a redesign. who cares really".... 262,680 Japanese DS Lite owner do care... I want one now!!!!!!!

kevo14
kevo14

i dont really care for japan only if it comes to the usa......WHEN WILL IT COME *sob*

crazy590
crazy590

i want a nintendo ds lite REALLY BAD why can't it come here to th u.s this is making me want to cery for my mommy

Triton
Triton

I dont understand... is this many people that do not have a DS yet? Its the same thing! Are these the same people that bought the new shape sega genesis and PS1 and PS2 when they changed them too. I could see getting it if you didnt already have one but this is nuts. Whats next a smaller redesigned game cube...in 5 new colors...

DiaboloVD
DiaboloVD

I work at a video game store in Switzerland and we imported one DS Lite of each color. I must say that I've been really impressed by the quality of the dual screens, which are much brighter than the old one. We compared both DS consoles (old one and new one) and, even at the lowest backlighting, the DS Lite is much more colorful than the "old" DS. If you add that the stylus is bigger and that the whole design is quite more stylish, I can say that it will appeal to a all bunch of you...

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

This is how you kill your own sales. You introduce hardware upgrades for one region all the while all the rest of the regions hunger for your upgraded hardware and in anticipation of its release start saying 'why buy the old model when I can just wait for the new model' thus having a negative effect on the profit you could have had. Its even more odd with equipment that is not region locked by the software in the sense that they could just release the damn thing everywhere with the proper power adapter for each region. I could be wrong as I do not know the specific differences between asian and US DS's.

frankeyser
frankeyser

i think i am goign tohave to import a ds lite... i really dont feel like waiting for an american release.

harry2k5
harry2k5

You think u guys in the U.S and U.K got it bad, dude here in the bahamas we have to wait an entire 6 months after the U.S release to get it. Luckily i am going to import mines from the U.S

777rak
777rak

Wow that is amazing!! Hopefully it will do that well in North America

nekrotaunter
nekrotaunter

accessories on gamestop's site say the beginning of may, can't see the system coming out too much longer after that

SezMarque
SezMarque

I want one too. I am just waiting to what colors are going to be here first. I hoping for a black one.

GaughanZero
GaughanZero

Hope they announce some date in E3. I just want a Europe release, and a Black Ds Lite myself... Come on Nintendo, the West needs some of that Lite lovin'

sergioalb64
sergioalb64

Ordered mine in February; still waiting for it :(

thefjk
thefjk

I want a PSP, wait no... a DS aint bad as well... I'm getting both, wait no money... Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! >_

emm333
emm333

I bought a Japanese Navy DS Lite on ebay...for way too much...but it's been worth every penny. DS Lite rocks. Aside from Lumines and Syphon Filter and the occasional movie, it's replaced my PSP as my portable of choice....DS Lite is totally worth any price when it releases in the US.

Bahgahyahduh
Bahgahyahduh

what do you mean just a redesign. The DS looks frickin sweet, and it has much longer battery life and a much more beautiful and brighter screen. The DS stands for Deviously Sexy.

PumaPride3k
PumaPride3k

" meh, just a redesign. who cares really" All those people who bought it in the Japan, and me for one.

boman12l
boman12l

I feel we will not See Lite in the US until demand in Japan dies down

corrax8
corrax8

How much longer till US release. Maybe the more units will quench the thirst for it in japan. Now for a another question how will the PSP respond?

kamtong1
kamtong1

meh, just a redesign. who cares really