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Nintendo Pins DSi XL European Release Date

Gordon Kelly


Nintendo Pins DSi XL European Release Date

It seems like forever and a day ago since the Nintendo DSi XL was announced (hint: it was), but only now do we have the official European release date...

Nintendo has confirmed 5 March (yep, still six more weeks) will be the date the supersized pocket games machine will launch though we await an RRP. It will come in 'wine red' and 'dark brown' finishes.

For those who have forgotten (and I wouldn't be surprised if you had), the XL packs in two 4.2in displays which work out as 93 per cent larger than those found in the DS Lite. On the downside the pixel count remains the same which could lead to more blocking looking titles and the weight is considerably heavier at 314g compared to the DSi's 214g and DSi Lite's 218g.

As for the dimensions, the XL comes in at 161 x 91.4 x 21.2mm verses the DSi's 133 x 73.9 x 21.5mm which does mean - inspite of the considerably larger footprint - it is ever so fractionally slimmer. Furthermore, those screens don't damage the battery life with Nintendo managing to keep it around the three hour mark while it also bundles the company's DSiWare software for web/downloadable content access via WiFi.

Ultimately I'm not sure many were crying out for a vastly bigger version of the DS, but rather an even slimmer and lighter model with considerably increased battery life (over five hours, anyone?). Then again with models of the DS having shipped over 100 million who am I to give sales advice?


Press Release


January 15, 2010, 6:45 am

Don't worry TR. If you had great advice for Nintendo, it wouldn't be listened to. This is the period in their product cycle possibly entitled "Milk".

It's normally followed by a falling share price and people realising they didn't need the 5th iteration of a product that performed perfectly well 4 revisions earlier.

Nintendo will be overtaken in sales soon, mark my words and things will go stale just like the gamecube.


January 15, 2010, 11:28 am

@Gordon: Sorry, but have you ever used a DS? Apart from the fact I have literally never had any iteration of the DS run out of battery life after three hours (it's usually 8-10 at least), the official numbers list 4-5 hours on maximum brightness for the XL, which is actually more than the DSi's listed 3-4 hours. Minimum brightness figures are 13-17 and 9-14.

In fact, I can't see why battery life was mentioned at all in this article, as it certainly wasn't in the press release; and I doubt you'd find many DS users who'd complain about it.

@darkspark88: Overtaken in sales? They're so far ahead that there's literally no way of that happening this generation. Sales will slow, but market saturation has to happen at some point no matter how much they "expand the audience".

Oh, also, the DSi is a big improvement over my DS Phat {but don't let it hear me say that ;)}.

Gosh, I've come over all fanboyish. Quick, get Cub to hose me down!


January 15, 2010, 2:07 pm

"...the DSi's 214g and DSi Lite's 218g"

Should that just be DS Lite? Or is there really a lite version of the DSi that's actually HEAVIER than the non-lite? Because that would be weird, to say the least.


January 15, 2010, 3:32 pm

Should just be Lite...


January 15, 2010, 11:46 pm

Amazon have it available for pre-order for £149.99


January 16, 2010, 12:21 am

They're £149.99 on Game (£10 lower than the "rrp")


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