Nintendo DSi XL Launch Date, Pricing Revealed

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The super-sized Nintendo DSi XL will hit North America on March 28 at $189.99, manufacturer Nintendo revealed this morning.

Already out in Japan and due in Europe on March 5, the XL sports a much larger body and screen over the handheld's previous iterations.

Specifically, the Nintendo DSi XL has two 4.2" screens--roughly 93% larger than the DS Lite's 3" displays--along with a thick pen-shaped stylus. As with other Nintendo DS models, it also sports a slimmer stylus that can be stored within the main body.

In keeping with the specific DSi branding, the XL has two cameras--one facing outward, one inward--plus internal storage for downloadable games and an SD Card slot for additional storage, but is not compatible with Game Boy Advance cartridges.

Added Nintendo: "The new system launches in both Burgundy and Bronze colors, and comes loaded with pre-installed premium software Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock, as well as two free applications: the Nintendo DSi Browser and Flipnote Studio."

From The Chatty
  • Ziz legacy 10 years
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    February 24, 2010 9:42 AM

    First iPad now DSi. Sure bigger screens are nice but.

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      February 24, 2010 9:45 AM

      But what? Bigger screens are nice. What compromise besides price is there?

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        February 24, 2010 9:54 AM

        Maybe Ziz has a pocket that fits the DSi just right and the XL won't fit? :P

      • Ziz legacy 10 years
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        February 24, 2010 9:54 AM

        The whole thing is just bigger

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          February 24, 2010 10:09 AM

          It's less portable, yeah. I think there's an audience that will appreciate the bigger size. The people who feel like they have to squint with the current DSi. I'm hoping for better audio quality, myself.

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            February 24, 2010 10:58 AM

            I own a Game Boy Micro. Got it for $50 new. Best Game Boy ever. :-)

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            February 24, 2010 10:58 AM

            I've got big hands, so a bigger size overall works well for me. I'm thrilled about this and hope Gamestop will be taking pre-orders by the time I get home today.

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            February 24, 2010 11:21 AM

            I think the audience is old people whose eyes are not so good.

            I'm serious - I think they've tapped about everyone in the world who is a regular, hardcore, or casual gamer. Now they're going for the older folks who either fell out of gaming or were never in it. Fact is, a lot of these people can't see things on a small screen. My parents can't see a shitting thing without glasses. I'll be the same way at their age.

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      February 24, 2010 12:37 PM

      But what? Well, how about the fact that the resolution wasn't increased, only the screen made bigger, so now everything will look even blockier.

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