DS Lite being discontinued?
Leaked GameStop memo reportedly says the oldest version of Nintendo's handheld still on the market will soon be off the market.
Source: Tech blog Ubergizmo.
What we heard: Anyone walking into a retailer today can find three non-3D types of Nintendo's DS handheld on the shelves: The DS Lite, the DSi, and the DSi XL. However, if the Ubergizmo report is to be believed, that number will soon be down to two. The tech blog has apparently acquired an internal memo from game specialty retailer GameStop, which says that the most venerable variant of the handheld on the market will soon be off the market.
"New DS Lite systems have been discontinued and stores will no longer be replenished on this product," reads the memo. "Once your store sells through its current stock of these units, please remove any corresponding DS Lite (Crimson, Black, and Metallic Rose) display boxes from the sales floor and discard."
The official story: "Nintendo doesn't comment on rumor and speculation." -- Nintendo of America rep.
Bogus or not bogus?: Likely not bogus. The original DS, first introduced in 2004, spent less than three years on the market before being discontinued. The DS Lite first arrived in North America in June of 2006, meaning it has been available at retailers for nearly five years. And with the introduction of the 3DS, the camera-less DS Lite is showing its age more than ever.