The Nintendo DS family of gaming handhelds has gone through several different incarnations in its relatively short history. The original DS launched in 2004 and it was later updated with the Nintendo DS Lite and, more recently, with the Nintendo DSi. Well, a newer version is almost here and it almost points back to the original.
You might remember hearing about the Nintendo DSi LL launched in Japan, offering a pair of 4.2-inch displays that are 93 percent larger than the screens on the Nintendo DS Lite. It’s taken a little bit of time, but the handheld is almost here in North America as the Nintendo DSi XL. I guess they figured we wouldn’t know what to make of LL.
You don’t get any expanded functionality with the Nintendo DSi XL compared to the smaller DSi, but it is a significantly larger device with a full pen-sized stylus. Whereas the DS Lite went smaller than the original DS, the DSi XL goes in the opposite direction.
The Nintendo DSi XL will be launching in North America on March 28 with a suggested retail price of $189.99. That price includes three pre-installed games to train your brain: Brain Age Express: Math, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, and Photo Clock.
For Canadians, I hear that if you trade in your Nintendo DSi into an EB Games or GameStop location, they’ll give you up to $175 credit toward the purchase of a DSi XL. That sounds like a good deal to me, but your mileage may vary.