DSi XL feeling midnight blue July 11

Nintendo augmenting supersized handheld's color scheme next month, will retain $190 price tag.

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It took nearly six months before Nintendo rolled out the first new color schemes for the DSi, following its launch in April 2009. However, for that system's supersized successor, the DSi XL, Nintendo has accelerated that pace. Today, the Japanese game company announced that it will add a midnight blue system color to the currently available burgundy and bronze options in North America.

Burgundy, bronze, and soon blue.

The midnight blue DSi XL will arrive in North American stores on July 11, carrying the system's standard $189.99 price tag. The DSi XL sports 4.2-inch dual screens, up from the DSi's 3.25-inch screens. Nintendo claims that the XL's battery life clocks in at four to five hours on maximum brightness and 13 to 17 hours on the lowest brightness, on par with the DS Lite.

The supersized handheld also comes preinstalled with several games and applications, including Photo Clock, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, Flipnote STudio, and the DSi Browser. Notably, DSiWare games are not transferable to another handheld, meaning that DSi owners would have to repurchase games if they upgraded to the DSi XL.

As part of its year-end earnings report in May, Nintendo said that sales of the DSi XL (known as DSi LL in Japan) had reached 2.08 million units worldwide. As the system has only been available, at the earliest, in November, that figure represents just a fraction of total lifetime Nintendo DS sales, which stood at 128.9 million units through March 2010.

Discussion

59 comments
bowser390
bowser390

YAY I am gonna upgrade from my lite to xl now since blue's coming out soon or maybe i should i wait for the 3ds nah i am VERY impaintent lolz

takspeed
takspeed

nahh rather wait and see the N3-DS

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

Hopefully there will be more than 2 color selections when the 3DS debuts.

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

guess i should upgrade from my grey grandad ds. allways found the current ones a little fiddly and small for a touchscreen device.

GameGoddess32
GameGoddess32

I like the Midnight blue...I'm going to upgrade from my DS lite,and I didn't really like burgundy or bronze.YAH!!!!A new color!!!

Golberg51
Golberg51

Meh. Better wait for 3DS if you already have one. But in my case, I've been dying too play Bowser's Inside History, and since my fat gray DS broke some time ago, I may buy this if i have the chance....and I wont look like an idiot doing it.

blackace
blackace

Waiting for 3DS-XL. When that's ready and on retail shelves, let me know. I'd pay $190 for the 3DS, but I'm not paying that for a DSiXL, since the price will drop once the 3DS is released.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

WOW! A new color & I still don't want one

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@jedinat, Yeah I hear you (I heard the 'bronze' looks a lot nicer in person, too). Personally, I love that damn burgundy/wine-colored one like hell that's probably the smexiest color I think I've ever seen used on the DS (or any console for that matter). Of course, burgundy is also one of my favorite shades of red so that don't hurt either, lol. Too bad my crimson (closest thing I could get in color that I liked) DSlite is still kicking, or I probably would've gotten one. That 'midnight' blue is just sort of meh, to me. I mean, personally if you're gonna call it 'midnight blue' should you the blue actually be a bit DARKER? I think a more appropriate name would have ranged along the line of a royal blue side...but then again, that's just me and my color-crazed OCD flaring again, lol.

thattotally
thattotally

I saw a beautiful green color on the DS board. It wasn't that horrible lime green that Nintendo had previously released, it was the most wonderful shade of green I'd ever seen for a handheld. I'll definitely be buying that if it becomes available.

jedinat
jedinat

Anybody who thinks the XL shipped without a decent color option is teh noob... painfully ignorant as to how cool the poorly dubbed "bronze" XL really is.

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

Sad since one of the pre-installed games that it comes with doesn't recognize the word blue. Lolol

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

ill stick with my ds phat till the 3ds is out nintendo. assuming it will be mindblowing with GC graphics or something lol

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

give me a lighter blue like my dsi im in or a special edition rugrats dsi i would jump on it

Flint247
Flint247

I will say that blue looks better than the launch colors.

cjl1209
cjl1209

shocking. release ass ugly colors first, then release a color people actually like. good idea!

Flint247
Flint247

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JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I like blue, but it's not enough to tempt me to buy an XL.

Tylendal
Tylendal

I don't see why everyone dislikes bringing out a new colour. First of all, since they use certain colours of plastic, they'd have to have a whole different production line for each colour. Having only one or a few colours at release streamlines production. As for the DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL. I don't see releasing all those as a gimmick. They're options. The different systems appeal to different people. I'm sure very few people out there actually have all four different types of DS.

wolfflame21
wolfflame21

i say go back to the classic game boy baby barf green/ light baby barf green

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I'm gonna be honest nintendo, I love the huge screen size, but there is no way in hell my pockets (or bag) have room for that monster! I'm going to stick with my DS Lite. Also, how is this news?

SniperFire17
SniperFire17

This seems more for people who still have a DS lite.

NV27
NV27

Now all they need is an Atomic Purple DSi XL. :D

dkdk999
dkdk999

@ aryeec i agree it seems pretty weird same with cars and stuff.

aryeec
aryeec

Colors don't matter. It's ridiculous that people buy new systems just for them.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Why does it take so long to make colors? How hard is it to ship out all the Wii colors they showed, why not just ship tons of colors at or close to launches. It would make more people want to buy.

jumpy46
jumpy46

I can wait until the 3DS before getting any DSiWare games.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I love the DSi XL. It's great for playing games around the house, though if I were to travel somewhere I'd probably dig out the DS Lite.

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

Not worth it, just wait for the 3DS. And why would you watch someone play a handheld? LAME.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

i still have my Lite (red/black) might get a XL still no color that interest me lol will wait for 3DS maybe anyway

BloodMist
BloodMist

My blue DS Lite still looks cooler.Oh and is still awesome, and will continue to be so until there's actually one piece of DSiWare that isn't either really lame or just a slightly updated port, and until the DS actually improves it's display resolution, neither of which will ever happen.Oh and the 3DS isn't going to make 3D any less of a pure gimmick as it has been since the 50's, either.Simple facts are simple facts.

zelosphia_8
zelosphia_8

I'm wondering how difficult it would be to release multiple colors at the day the system launches? The only choices when I bought mine a couple months ago was burgundy and bronze. Now I'm stuck with an ugly burgundy and there's a midnight blue available now.

gtaking40
gtaking40

Could this video be any cheesier?!

Ringx55
Ringx55

Don't worry guys, this won't sell like hotcakes! :(

Flint247
Flint247

Imma wait for the 3DS instead. My DS lite will hold me until then. And the 3DS is a successor to the current DS systems, not a newer model of it.

mike468
mike468

Considering I don't own a ds yet, and i am partial to the color midnight blue, I may get 1, pending details of the 3ds next week.

sky_ninja
sky_ninja

people are acting like there's something wrong with releasing a new color. some people might just like blue.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

I still have the original DS when it first launched. I like it. Bring on a fully new system and I'm in. Otherwise it just stinks like marketing gimmick...surely Nintendo can make a more powerful system than the DS hardware? Surely?

dsfanboy1
dsfanboy1

its all about the money for em but they are smart by taking advantage of somes stupidity.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

We're onto their game. Not this time. People don't want to fork over cash for another ds. Time for a NEW hand held... Bring on the 3DS!

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

Seriously---a new color for the XL? What's the point?

zMd113
zMd113

blah! who cares? bring on the 3DS.

mm551144
mm551144

This is so that when your walking down the street, you'll know someones an idiot cuz theyre holding this, cuz it was released just a few days before the announcing of the 3ds

berto64
berto64

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