Nintendo Reportedly Planning DSi with Larger Screen in Japan

A report in Japan's Nikkei financial newspaper (reposted via NeoGaf) reveals that Nintendo plans to release a new iteration of the DSi with a whopping 4" in screen real-estate. That would make the new model's screen three-quarters of an inch larger than the current model. The story puts the release date for the updated DSi as later this year, with the price to remain at the same 18900 Yen as the one currently on store shelves. Whether it will see release outside of Japan remains under consideration.

The story attributes Nintendo's impetus to increase the screen size on substantial feedback from users. It also notes that the larger screen is meant to cater to older users who have expressed difficulty when gaming on the smaller screens.

There are probably more than a few folks besides older Japanese gamers who would think that in this case, bigger is better.

From The Chatty
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    October 26, 2009 3:58 PM

    lol at the folks who bought the first round of DSi. I hope this one comes out in the states...might actually make it worth upgrading to.

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      October 26, 2009 4:09 PM

      It is inevitable with Nintendo hand-helds that an upgraded version will be released later, no matter how long you wait.

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        October 26, 2009 5:40 PM

        that's true for everything these days

        ipod's had like 20 different versions

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        October 26, 2009 5:44 PM

        lol at the folks who bought the first round of gameboy.

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          October 26, 2009 6:13 PM

          The smart thing to do is actually not buy anything. Ever.

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      October 26, 2009 6:17 PM

      The DS in general is getting kinda long in the tooth. With a 5 year generation time, they should be on a new machine by now.

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      October 26, 2009 7:35 PM

      Its been pointed out in other places that this isn't really an upgrade, just made for people with bad eyesight. If the screen size increases the visual quality takes a hit.

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