Shippin' Out Mar. 28-Apr. 3: DSi XL, Modern Warfare 2 DLC

Nintendo launches up-sized $190 update to popular portable line alongside WarioWare DIY; five-map add-on to Infinity Ward's top-selling shooter assaults 360 for $15.

Last Monday, Nintendo stunned the industry by announcing the 3DS, a "successor" to its 125-million-unit-selling DS series that features 3D gaming capabilities without the need for specially designed glasses. With reports indicating the 3DS may arrive as soon as this year, Nintendo of course still needs to get the DS's fourth hardware iteration out the door.

The DSi XL is a handful.

Available starting today for $189.99, 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 will also come preinstalled with several games and applications, including Photo Clock, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, and Brain Age Express: Math. Notably, DSiWare games are not transferable to another handheld, meaning that they would have to be repurchased on the new DSi XL.

Accompanying the release of the DSi XL will be WarioWare DIY, an extension of Nintendo's zany line of chaotic minigame compilations that includes 90 bite-sized games. As its name implies, DIY lets gamers take these experiences one step further by creating their own minigames either by using premade graphics and sound samples or by starting completely from scratch.

WarioWare DIY Showcase for WiiWare doesn't include game-making tools, but players can download minigames crafted in the DS edition. It also includes 70 exclusive minigames for players to work through.

The end-of-the-fiscal-year doldrums dominate the remainder of the week. However, Activision will be livening things up a bit with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Stimulus Package. Modern Warfare 2's first map pack arrives this week for the Xbox 360 for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15), $5 more than the popular map packs released last year for Call of Duty: World at War. Infinity Ward has included three new maps as well as the Crash and Overgrown maps seen in the original Modern Warfare.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later in the week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

March 28, 2010
America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking--DS--Nintendo
DSi XL
WarioWare DIY--DS--Nintendo

March 29, 2010
WarioWare DIY Showcase--WII--Nintendo

March 30, 2010
Again--DS--Tecmo
Cabela's Monster Buck Hunter--WII--Activision
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Stimulus Package--X360--Activision
Dance Sensation!--WII--Majesco Games
Dead or Alive Paradise--PSP--Tecmo
Mimana Iyar Chronicles--PSP--Aksys Games
Monster Rancher DS--DS--Tecmo
Mount & Blade: Warband--PC--Paradox Interactive
Prison Break: The Conspiracy--X360, PS3, PC--Deep Silver
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love--WII, PS2--NIS America
Samurai Shodown Sen--X360--Xseed Games
The Secret Files: Tunguska--WII, DS--Deep Silver
Sushi Go Round--WII, DS--SouthPeak Games

March 31, 2010
Commandos Complete--PC--City Interactive
Mega Man 10--X360--Capcom
T.A.C. Heroes: Big Red One--DS--Storm City Games
TibiaME--IP--CipSoft GmbH
Zenonia 2: The Lost Memories--IP--Gamevil

April 1, 2010
No new releases announced.

April 2, 2010
No new releases announced.

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127 comments
foojam
foojam

They made a game with less content, they charged it more and now they want extra money instead of giving it free. I don't give my money to Activision.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Watching things in 3D always gives me a headache, so I won't be buying the 3DS. Or even the DSi XL, for that matter. I'll pass on Stimulus Package as well. I'm using my money to buy an HDTV for my Xbox 360 and PS3. It's a much better investment.

snowman9
snowman9

Stimulus Package aka Rip-off package! HaHa

jordan1
jordan1

Ah.... I remember when maps used to be free... and mods were free... and every extra content was... FREE why are we paying for extra content now?

Dahaka-UK
Dahaka-UK

I feel no need to get this with the 3DS coming out.

daman246
daman246

i hate thisis getting very expensive now days

monson21502
monson21502

dont not buy dsi xl people, spread the word !!!!!

joebacca24
joebacca24

I hate you Activision, but I'll buy the dang map pack. One day, one day, this extra 5 bucks you are charging me, will come back to haunt you.

luffy11234
luffy11234

the more money the better activision must feel. And really if your gonna pay $15 for its your the biggest idiot in the world. I NEED MY MAPS OMG!!!! -_- just to noob tube don't cha.

BeaT_WavE
BeaT_WavE

I think the PS3 players will get it by the end of next month... : (

QptimisticPrime
QptimisticPrime

screw modern warfare 2 expansion. bfbc2 with free map downloads. the end

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

Nintendo DSi XL=Another DS that's been supersized MW2 Stimulus Package=MW2 Rip-off Package

WiteLite
WiteLite

@ melty3219....hahahaha!!

melty3219
melty3219

I am going to buy the MW2 map pack to feed Activision more money and too also encourage Activisions CEO to pull more more stunts such as increasing the prices of future products and treating employees like dirt! haha and there is noting you guys can do to stop me! I hope my £10 goes stright into Activisions pocket and not towards paying their employees their royalties! :D

lamprey263
lamprey263

the only thing holding me back from a new DS is that Nintendo hasn't done anything to solve their digital rights issues, if in the future I should get a new and improved DS after buying digital games on the old one I can do nothing to transfer rights over

TXGAMER7
TXGAMER7

DAMN WHEN IS PS3 GETTIN THA MW2 DLC??

y2kern
y2kern

this ds looks cool, the screen is bigger which is a good thing and it is still portable like a regular ds.

enveyur
enveyur

@cboyuno Yeah couldn't agree with you more.

WiteLite
WiteLite

@Cboyuno the only reason i like the camera is because of the new fighting game you can put yourself into....it appeals to the 7 year old kid in me.

cboyuno
cboyuno

@enveyur The camera and all the gimicks really are just added bonuses for me. And the larger size does not matter to me because I only ever play DS at home. You bring up a good point though. This isn't good for everyone, but there is definately a market (people like me)

enveyur
enveyur

Sorry to double post. @WiteLite People will always complain about map pack pricing, but to be honest I have stopped purchasing extra maps as it is typically an unnecessary luxury for me.

enveyur
enveyur

@cboyuno Good to see a positive comment about it! I've heard alot of "hate" towards this concept of a larger build. Fair enough that the DSi came out fairly recently and now they have released this, but one way or another Nintendo are still selling they just enjoy trying different methods of concepts in hope that people will prefer one over the other. For me I think I enjoy the DS Lite the most as I didn't feel as though I needed internet or camera like the DSi has, and as cool as the XL model is im perfectly fine with what I have (I have tried them all by the way, so im not being biased.) Its unique that Nintendo have a range of DS consoles, its interesting to see and also quite clever considering people do pick one based on what they want.

cboyuno
cboyuno

I got it yesterday and it was an upgrade from the original 2004 DS All I can say is that I was blown away by every aspect except the glossy sheen top which shows fingerprints. It was worth evey penny. GTA Chinatown wars is more vibrant and explosive now than ever! ****

WiteLite
WiteLite

For those still complaining about the price for mw2 maps..... map packs have normally included either 3 or 4 maps for $10. thats $3.34 per map, or $2.50 per map. this pack comes with 5 maps that average out to be $3 per map. So its not the cheapest nor the most expensive we have purchased. if your still upset about the .50 cents compared to Cod 4's pack....Activision isnt the one padding there bottom line...that money is going to microsoft and sony, as they are the ones that set the final price tag anyway.

Shub-Niggurath
Shub-Niggurath

Another version of the DS. I still have my first generation DS and I'm fine with it. I'm just going to wait for the 3ds

MattTrevi
MattTrevi

Is this new DS necessary? No. But who can resist having a brown DS!

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

another useless variant of the ds, people should wait for 3d model. Stimulus Package aka Rip-off package. some1 needs to blow up activision hq and the dumb CEO

jl0pez
jl0pez

I just read that the passing is delayed to later this spring.

jl0pez
jl0pez

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Ryanrtk
Ryanrtk

you would have to have no brain to get the map pack.

jl0pez
jl0pez

What happened to the passing for left 4 dead 2? They said march 30th.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

So a useless new version of DSi and a horribely over-priced map pack. Looks like I'm sticking with Dragon Age:Awakening!

angelGP32
angelGP32

@raith616: yeah there's still the micro version that has to be released so maybe, Nintendo DSiXL micro v3.02 beta proxy 9.

Flint247
Flint247

Who here is not getting the Map Pack? I am not. :D

funnysplay
funnysplay

-Flame_Blade88- I know man im one of them lol i can't help myself.

vincent321
vincent321

they forgot to put Samurai Showdown Sen under April 1st

zar144
zar144

Yeah, looks good... BUT I WANT MORE NEWZZZZZZZ ABOUT TEH 3DS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

raith616
raith616

hmm weird and all the consoles are getting "slim" models, how long to the dsi xl slim anybody wanna guess?

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

Arrgh just come out with zelda already and 3ds ......oh yeah and metroid other M

Flame_Blade88
Flame_Blade88

Worst part is, millions of people are going to buy that map pack... :roll:

FlakeyCrust
FlakeyCrust

Too late Nintendo. I've already spent my money on the PSP 3000 and I love it. Plays my movies, music, has skype, links up to my PS3 so I can remote play off of the system and access content (including the web in 16:9), video out to hook up to a TV, it's big enough for my big hands with a gorgeous screen, and oh yeah, the exclusive games, the minis, and nearly 100 PS1 classics. You should have made this one from the beginning Nintendo.

ds_null
ds_null

I am not buying that Stimulus Package.

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

i'm not buying the XL. I'll be buying the 3DS if internet is still confirmed.

vega13mv
vega13mv

am i the only one that found the other DS' to be too small? I've been waiting for a bigger DS forever and im glad they finally released one. Thanks nintendo, for remembering that grown ups with big hands like to play too.

Flint247
Flint247

The colors of the DSi XL are ugly. :(