DSi, DSi XL get $20 price cut Sept. 12

Third- and fourth-generation versions of Nintendo's best-selling handheld pick up new $150, $170 price tags next month; DS US sales hit 42.5 million.

Far from the unstoppable juggernaut that it once was, the Nintendo DS and its various iterations have started loosening their grip on the retail sales charts. Last month, the NPD Group reported that the perennial hardware chart topper had been ousted by the Xbox 360, a feat due in part to the redesign for Microsoft's console but also non-stratospheric sales of the DS, which stood at just 398,400 units.

The DSi family will soon be $20 cheaper.

Nintendo will launch its latest assault on the handheld market before April 2011, when it debuts the no-glasses-required 3DS. But until then, the publisher announced today that it would be bolstering its 132 million-unit-selling line of hardware with a $20 price cut for the DSi and DSi XL. Nintendo also noted that DS sales have hit 42.5 million units since the first version of the system launched in November 2004.

Beginning September 12, the DSi will carry a $150 price tag, down from its current MSRP of $170. Launched in April 2009, the DSi is an updated version of the DS Lite, featuring 17 percent larger screens than its predecessor. Though it doesn't have a Game Boy Advance slot, it boasts two cameras--an outward-facing 0.3 megapixel one and a lower-resolution one for self-portraits--and an SD card slot for multimedia storage.

Also on September 12, Nintendo will cut the price of the DSi XL to $170, which first went on sale in North America in March 2010. Currently available for $190, the DSi XL is, as its name suggests, an extra-large version of the DSi, sporting 4.2-inch dual screens, up from the DSi's 3.25-inch screens. The supersized handheld also comes preinstalled with several games and applications and features a battery life on par with the DS Lite.

As for the DS Lite, Nintendo noted that the popular handheld will continue to sell for $130--the same price it has commanded since launching in the States in June 2006.

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zyxomma100
zyxomma100

I need to get a DS because I can't borrow my sister's anymore. (Moved.) But without an Advance slot, the DSi and XL are worthless to me. I wish the Lite price dropped. :(

krytorii
krytorii

Im not gonna buy a new DS till the 3DSX or whatever they'll call the second (or even 3rd) version of the 3DS. I've still got my fat DS, and I got an SP to play GBC/GBA games. Still the DS is a great system, loads of RPGs (which I love) as well as the layton games, and so on. Plus second hand ones normally go for around £10 or less (provided you dont buy it within the first few months). The wii wasnt too good, but they made up for it with the DS.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Looks like that news about the 3DS at the end of the month might be big.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

I have yet to buy another DS after I bought my original block at the release party in Earl's Court, London. But hey I may get a DSi soon, I need to save up for a 3DS anyway

MJR006
MJR006

i guess i got to turn in my dsi before its worthless and spend that money on the 3ds

MJR006
MJR006

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hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I bought my DSi last year but I got ten dollars of download points with it. I think I made the right choice because I also got it a year before the price drop.

RacerLegend64
RacerLegend64

This will still take me a while to get considering I still don't have a job and can't drive (I'm 16). But this makes me happy, though as much as I love the DS line I hope it won't take the top spot owned by the PlayStation 2 for most units sold. Man it'll be a while before I get a DSi and a PSP.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

i am a xbox fanboy but nintendo makes good choices when it comes down to pricing i do admit

warrner11
warrner11

if i wasn't planing on "moving" this month, id b pickin up that DSi XL with its awesomeness.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@DevilBorg The 3DS isn't coming out for a while also knowing Nintendo a better version will come remember the first DS?

necronaux
necronaux

I'm in shock -- Nintendo is actually discounting a product. Yet they refuse to cut the price on the 5-year-old DS (people are still buying, I guess, why would they). One reason their sales are slipping could be that almost everybody already owns a DS.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

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yearof3000
yearof3000

SuperfastSonic@ it was SP, then Game Boy Micro, and the DS was out by a few months after the micro...

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

*remembers the day when the SP was $100 when the DS came out* Geez, Nintendo just loves their moolah.:P

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

they always have to put some freakishly happy family whenever nintendo is advertising something...

6h05tly
6h05tly

@DevilBorg: I somewhat agree with you on that. Even though my DS Lite suffered from the DS crack epidemic back in 2006, it still works (well, for touch-screen only games like Phantom Hourglass, Ninja Gaiden, and Spirit Tracks.)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Screw that, I want a 3DS. And without even checking the other comments I am willing to bet that the rest of you are saying something along those lines.

DevilBorg
DevilBorg

Why would anybody buy a DSi when the 3DS is on it's way?

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

I'm in the market for a DS which is better the DSi or the xl? I know the screen size difference but I heard it has bad battery life(the xl).

NaveedLife
NaveedLife

haha I agree da_chub! I can't wait for the 3DS. Paper Mario alone makes me want it :).

da_chub
da_chub

3ds cant come soon enough IMO! already have a dslite and wont be getting anything else until 3ds. so hurry!

Detroit222
Detroit222

Well, I know what I'm getting myself for Christmas. I'm finally putting my nice old PHAT aside and getting an XL.

AndresArrietta
AndresArrietta

Right in time for the holiday season but if you don't already have one I would save those gold coins for the 3DS releasing next year. I'm just waiting to hear more on the release date of the 3DS to drop down some bullion on my reservation

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Nice but I've got a DS Lite already. I keep it for its GBA compatibility - Next in line.... 3DS

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Nice - finally time to upgrade my wife's DS to a DSi XL so she can see the screen better

SolarReign
SolarReign

This is a really good play on Nintendo's part, Im going to keep my current DS lite and wait out for the 3DS though.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Good job for Nintendo. 132.5 million of the DS,DS lite,DSi,DSi XL. I thought that The DS would flop way back in 2004. So it is only natural that the DS series of handhelds would be starting to slow down. It is 2010 most people have a DS. So dropping the price of a DS versions 3&4 will help Nintendo until the 3DS arrives. I haven't bought a DS yet since I thought it would be the end of Nintendo. So I will buy a DS (once the Price drop Sept 12th arrives) I'm one of the last hold outs the mistakenly thought Nintendo would be dead once the DS & wii were released. 6 years late to the DS, Sorry for losing faith in Nintendo....

leeko_link
leeko_link

Although I won't be buying myself another one until the 3DS, I think this is a good time to get my sister the new DSi XL that she wanted. That and a copy of Pokemon Soul Silver too.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

I loved my DS.. But it's like my 3rd time getting rid of it and buying it back.. I bought my DS when it first came out and since i love RPG's it got lots of gameplay in.. Especially since i was traveling a lot with my family.. But eventually i got more into console gameing and my DS sat unplayed for like a year.. So i sold it to game stop for half what i paid.. Heh.. This might sound stupid since im a 21 year old.. but as soon as pokemon platinum came out i HAD to get my DS back.. I have a soft spot for pokemon as i logged 500+ hours on the original pokemon red and have played pretty much all of em up until like pokemon green when i eventually "grew out of em" or atleast playing em in public lol.. So yeah after i beat pokemon my DS sat vacant for another year so i traded it in with my RROD xbox 360 + $100 and got myself another xbox 360 with it (so ironic.) I really wish i had my DS still tho because tons of great RPG's are out for it now that i've missed on.. But im holding out for 3DS.. I'll defiantly be one of those people camping out for the midnight release.. The chance to play a Persona on 3DS is just something i cant pass up.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Bummer. I wish the DS Lite would drop in price. I have to pick up another one soon (around Christmas) so I can gift my old one to my kid... Too bad the other systems don't have the GBA slot or I would just upgrade to a XL or something.

Link3301
Link3301

nice but im probably going to just stick with the ds lite since the 3ds is going to coming in the begining of next year

bennae66
bennae66

i want a 3ds but im not a portable gamer. i owned a psp (and loved it) for only a year before selling it. i will wait for psp2 and the win7 mobile live handsets to come out. by then the 3ds would have dropped in price at least once and i will be able to judge its libary.

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

And this could ALL be interpreted as a 3DS soon release date announcement, right? :P

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Got the original DS and want the 3DS SO bad! Why? Resident: Evil Revelations! I can't wait! I really want to know the price of the 3DS. The release date would be nice to hear, but still I think the price is just as important (what's a release date gonna do when you can't afford the product? XD ) I've heard anywhere from $250-$300. If it's above $250...I think I'll have to wait a while. As bad as I want it, I'm not going to pay over that :(

Megasus_
Megasus_

It must be becoming increasingly obvious. They can deny it no longer; the remaining 6 people who DONT have a Nintendo DS DONT WANT ONE.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Wow, $20 off? Hmm... Nope, still not selling my phat. Just not enough incentive for me to upgrade. At least, until the 3DS is out.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

I need to pick up an old DS lite... I miss my cool handheld RPGs. The PSP just ain't cuttin it for me.

D3j1k0
D3j1k0

If the 3DS wasn't coming out soon I'd be all over this. I'm still using my DS phat.

lbptoady
lbptoady

The release date for the release date for the 3DS is at the end of this month! lol

Kats_RK
Kats_RK

We love price cut 8)

KiddCarter93
KiddCarter93

i'm expecting a 20 dollar price cut on the psp too

goki1012
goki1012

Lol at the articles this week: "XBL 10 extra dollars" "DSi 20 dollar price cut" Wow.

Flint247
Flint247

Moving from a Lite to the 3DS. :)