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Adam Ghiggino
14 Apr, 2010

Nintendo DSi price drop

DS News | Told you so.
Nintendo Australia has announced today that in anticipation of the release of the Nintendo DSi XL this week, the price of the original Nintendo DSi has dropped to AU $249.95.

The unit originally retailed for AU $299.95, and features two cameras, an SD card slot and the ability to download games from the Nintendo DSi Shop.

The Nintendo DSi XL will debut on 15 April for AU $299.95, taking the DSi's former place at the top of the Nintendo DS family heirarchy. With its release, gamers will now have a choice of a Nintendo DS Lite, DSi or DSi XL to get their portable gaming pleasures.

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13 Comments
4 years ago
Unfortunately that ad with Delta Goodrem in it has put me off the DSi for quite some time.
4 years ago
I'm actually very happy with Nintendo. If they didn't announce the new 3D thing, I would have bought one of these.
4 years ago
how much is a DS Lite? I keep seeing Pokemon ads and its making me squirm.
4 years ago
Not sure if it's still this price, but my cousin grabbed a DS Lite a couple of weeks back from K Mart for around the $150 mark.
4 years ago
i dont see the point really. a lite is good enough. Who wants a camera on their ds? Sure everyone has one on their phone that they dont use anyway. Announcing the 3dsi just before the XL is released isnt smartest marketing move if you ask me
4 years ago
el_supraman wrote
i dont see the point really. a lite is good enough. Who wants a camera on their ds? Sure everyone has one on their phone that they dont use anyway. Announcing the 3dsi just before the XL is released isnt smartest marketing move if you ask me
It probably should be noted that the DSi doesn't just sport 2 cameras; people seem to forget that the DSi also has more RAM which is what also allows it to browse the net without a memory expansion card; and as such with DSi titles; run better on the DSi over the DS. Sonic Classics Collection being a prime example. (Sonic 3 & S&K have a few issues when doing anything pseudo 3D on a DSL)
4 years ago
oh it does have a fair number of features over the lite, and im sure it will have some exclusive games as well, but every "feature" it has 90% of people will have something that does it better. Computer or laptop or phone to surf net, mp3/ipod etc to listen to music, ds to play games (hehe) and camer/phone to take pictures. There are also Dsi games to download as well, so yer its not bad, but its no real step up or step down like the pspGo lol
4 years ago
Whatever happened to the good old days when a company would release one damn console and be done with it for several years?

4 PSPs in 5 years, 3 DS variations announced in 18 months.. cmon, its just insane.. At least with consoles, they announce new models, but it doesnt prevent early adopters from playing the games that are coming out..
4 years ago
pdaddy wrote
Whatever happened to the good old days when a company would release one damn console and be done with it for several years?

4 PSPs in 5 years, 3 DS variations announced in 18 months.. cmon, its just insane.. At least with consoles, they announce new models, but it doesnt prevent early adopters from playing the games that are coming out..
It doesn't prevent Handheld gamers either. You can still play all the up and coming games on any model of PSP or DS (apart from the DSi Ware). Just cause they are making new models, doesn't mean you have to upgrade just to play the new games. Even if you still had the original PSP and DS Phat, you can still play the new games on them.

Also, I get why people get annoyed with all the updated handhelds being released, but no one is forcing you to buy one.
4 years ago
The reason why they release new "variants" is because they believe through marketing they can expand their customer base by adding said features. Plus the level of competitiveness in the hand held space sort is very focused. DSi is also competing against mobiles and iPhone/iPod, etc.

DSi XL is probably aimed at a more mature audience with some sight impairments and possibly towards the education space (although I expect iPad or tablet style devices to get a bit of this).

Don't believe Nintendo thinks majority of the people with a DSi to buy a DSi Xl.
4 years ago
The biggest problem with the DSi -> DSi Xl is you can't carry over downloaded games.

Hopefully they address this soon. Nintendo really suck at the digital age. When are they going to create user accounts across all platforms?
4 years ago
Anyone thinking of getting the new DSi XL .... Toys R Us are selling it for $264.95, which is pretty good !
4 years ago
The DS Lite is imo the perfect DS.I don't care about any of the features of the DSi.In fact I care about the GBA playing capabilties MUCH more than any of the DSi features.
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