DSi XL supersizes NA March 28

Nintendo's third revision of best-selling handheld heads stateside next month for $189.99.

Nintendo's DSi XL has been lighting up Japanese retail sales since its November 2009 debut, having sold 700,000 units last year. Last night, the publisher signaled that Western release dates were en route for its supersized version of the DSi, announcing that the system would arrive in Australia on March 15. As part of Nintendo's Q1 Media Summit today, the publisher provided another Western release date, saying the DSi XL would hit North America on March 28 for $189.99.

The DSi XL will cost $190.

The handheld is the fourth version of DS hardware in as many years, following the original DS, the DS Lite, and the DSi. Through the end of 2009, the DS has combined to sell 125.13 million units. Of those, 29.2 million were sold in Japan, 44.99 million in the Americas, and 50.23 million in Europe and other territories.

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 lowest brightness, on par with the DS Lite.

Nintendo's latest hardware update to the best-selling DS will also come preinstalled with several games and applications. The publisher did not explicitly lay out which software would be packed in with the system when it launches next month, however. Notably, DSiWare games are not transferable to another handheld, meaning they would have to be repurchased on the new DSi XL.

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deviant74
deviant74

the ds 2. I want a $600 does everything blue tooth phone with head set holder. I want the 2 screens to make 1 screen. I want to take notes on it read books on it. usb hook up to the pc so the stylus can become like a mouse. I want it to be a wifi hot spot and have gps. I want to talk to it and it change the channel on my tv. I want watch downloaded movies on it. I want it to ave 5 hours of life. I like touch screen but I also want a usb controller for fps games. mp3 player on it. game storage space for 3 or 4 games. I would like Wikipedia down loaded onto it and it updates it any time there is a internet connection. I want it to stream games like rpg's from the Wii and can be used as a controller for it. If I'm doing something tedious I would like to be able to play a talking based game that I don't have to look at the screen the whole time. I would like it to have air key board it shines down on a table for typing. video cam and a nice led light. I want it to do all this real good. There won't be to many laptops sold after this comes out. I know but I'm just a seed planter.

KillerBite28
KillerBite28

oh, and this needs to be cheaper, it's only 10$ short of a Wii. That's not cool. make it $150 at most.

KillerBite28
KillerBite28

I can't decide if I should upgrade from my DS Lite to an XL. I do own a few GBA games, but I never play them anymore, and if I ever did want to play one, i'd keep my Lite. The larger screen looks great, but i'm worried that at the rate that Nintendo is cranking out DSi's they'll make something better. Thumbs up if you think I should get one, thumbs down if not.

cboyuno
cboyuno

Well now... perfect timing for the new pokemon release. Soul silver is on my agenda since I never finished the original one I still have my dinosaur nintendo ds (1st edition) so I think its time for an upgrade. The thing is...im 18 and all my money is spent mostly on other things ....I might sell my wii with my old ds...

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kng
kng

If they are going back to a larger DS, why not add the Gameboy advance slot back? Admittedly, that is why I still have my DS lite. I do like the larger screens. I have a big library and many systems, so I'm leaning toward buying one, but not as a replacement.

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Mysterywriter
Mysterywriter

I don't get what the problem is. You either want it or not. Why bag on someone that might just want a bigger screen because their eye sight is bad or getting that way and doesn't WANT to give up playing games they LOVE because the system they have is hard to see? If you don't understand the why of something well then.....u know what to do!

bam11bam
bam11bam

wanna save $200, and get that BIGGER SCREEN?... Hold the damn thing closer to your face! =/

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Don't like it, don't buy it. I still prefer my DS Lite.

Petercairns
Petercairns

Well i havnt got a Dsi yet...but idk..?.My DS Lite is fine.?

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

jeezz i am starting to hate nintendo...never enough money to keep up with their crazy ass stunts..wtf is this sh!t?

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

Seriously, why would anyone buy this at this rate? Next 6 months, they'll have the DSXXLite, then two months later, the DS2 will be announced. @_@

JoeMama9800
JoeMama9800

190 bucks, just pay 10 more bucks and get the wii.....these portable deceives are almost the same price of the consoles and not only the DSi XL but the PSP as well 250 bucks pay 50 more and you get the ps3 Console...these items just keep getting more expensive

mike1094
mike1094

Nintendo needs to stop renaming this system and create a DS2 of sorts, with better graphics, that sort of thing. Ill buy that, not a rebranded DS lite.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

I have a DS lite, but who is buying all of these new DS systems? Each one is fundamentally the same as the last with small "add-on" features built in. I'm still waiting for Golden Sun DS....

Sweetbliss89
Sweetbliss89

I am thinking this is going to fail just like the PSP Go. Most people who have had DS's /DS lites are either sticking with their systems or have already upgraded to the regular DSi. Bigger Screens alone isn't going to sell this. And people already have their minds on the DS2 ans are hoping that it has backwards compatibility. We will see...

64-bit
64-bit

have money buy it dont have just shut up

calvinsora
calvinsora

I still like the DS Phat the best, and I've seen and handled all three versions. I can't help but feel this is "another" marginal change of the old DS form. The DS's greatness still remains, though.

Michael324
Michael324

I just like that they're making them bigger.

rarson
rarson

Uh... DS, DS Lite, DSi, so that would make this the fourth revision.

justincoool
justincoool

I haven't upgraded since my DS phatty from 2004. I like my handhelds with some weight and size. I am very interested in this. I would like Nintendo to announce a "virtual handheld" to download Gameboy Advance/Gameboy games on DSi. That way I willl be sold! :)

jimy1475
jimy1475

nintendo is making fun of you, are you gona let that?

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

What was wrong with the original DSi's screen? That was pretty big. Nintendo certainly isn't being consumer friendly.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Nintendo business plan = Apple business plan Failing to deliver good products but adding smalll necessary features on every model and slapping another $70 on the price tag.

Maximus77x
Maximus77x

This is stupid. Nintendo's small feature updates for their hand helds are getting really irritating. Make a new device, not just cater to fanboys with small tweaks.

metroid24
metroid24

xl coming to the us sweet i know some people want to wait til ds2 comes out but that could me yrs i luv this thing double the screen size camera and more its awsome and decently priced defently will buy

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Flint247
Flint247

Speaking of DS, my DS lite will be 4 years old this year. o_O I love that thing.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I'll wait for the DS2 and the PSP2. I'm not waiting my money on this. I like the camera and mic, but I also like that the DS Lite still plays all my older GB games. This should have been $149, while the DS Lite should have dropped at least $10. $190 is to much I think. Not as bad as the PSP Go, which is ridiculously overpriced. If you have a DS Lite or DSi, there's no reason to get the DSi XL. Save your money for DSi 2.

Marky360
Marky360

How many different DS's and PSP's are these game companies gonna come out with. I'm just glad Sony and Nintendo don't do stuff like this with there home consoles

Henninger
Henninger

Wow Nintendo really? Another version of a system? I hope this doesnt surprise any1. They've been doing this 4 years. I have a limited edition The Legend of Zelda DS Lite so im good. I like my GBA slot on my DS so i wont b getting this unless some1 bought it 4 me.

sieg6529
sieg6529

I'll hold off - my money is on the DS2 being backwards compatible

greenmagnuma
greenmagnuma

i'll stick with my black nintendo DS Lite to, which I bought 3 years ago

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

better than the psp go, that's for sure.

melty3219
melty3219

$10 less than the wii? no thanks, i will save the $190 for the DS2

nate1222
nate1222

$189 seems a bit steep for a handheld. Besides, I like my GBA slot. Maybe in a year or two, once it hits $150...

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

hand to god nintendo, if you don't stop changing the variations on this system and settle, i'm going to beat the sh** out of you guys... but seriously, hopefully, this will be the last change to the system...

Paul_06
Paul_06

I'm still happy with my original phat DS, thanks.

zamardii12
zamardii12

They really need to lower the price of the DSi. I mean, it's $10 less than the Wii and more expensive than the PSP.

jimbo102671
jimbo102671

The big problem is the fact that DSiWare purchases are non-transferable. That's no incentive for those with the current DSi to upgrade.

jasongm
jasongm

You know whats so weird about these promotional videos... everyone's always giggling or laughing... wtf?

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I love my DS Lite, but will not be buying the DSi XL, especially not for $190. I haven't even "upgraded" to a regular DSi. The DS Lite is my favorite system hands down, but I'm waiting for an actual hardware upgrade. Only then will I consider another purchase.