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?