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Nintendo Announces DSi XL 179

lbalbalba writes "This morning, Nintendo announced the third upgrade to the DS family, the DSi LL (or DSi XL). It will be released in Japan on November 21, one year after the DSi debuted, for ¥20,000 (approx. $220). The LL's main improvement is the size of its screens, which have been increased from 3.25" to 4.2" with a moderate increase to the size of the chassis. The device also includes a much bigger stylus, which looks to be the size of a ballpoint pen, and battery life has reportedly been increased to five hours at maximum screen brightness."
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Nintendo Announces DSi XL

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  • by node 3 (115640) on Thursday October 29, 2009 @06:20PM (#29918205)

    On the other hand, Nintendo's profits fell by over 50% [reuters.com] last quarter over the same quarter last year. Additionally, the PS3 outsold the Wii in September in the US, taking the top spot in console sales.

    To read Slashdot, you'd think Nintendo is experiencing exponential profits growth, and the Xbox 360 outsells the PS3 10-to-1.

  • by joeflies (529536) on Thursday October 29, 2009 @06:56PM (#29918527)
    It's the same price (in Japan). The Wii is ¥20,000 in Japan, and apparently so is the DSi LL. It looks like you're converting the price of the DSi LL against the weak dollar and using the $220 price, and comparing that against the US price of the Wii ($199).
  • Re:Anonymous Coward (Score:3, Informative)

    by Toonol (1057698) on Thursday October 29, 2009 @07:35PM (#29919009)
    You're not supposed to switch, any more than you should buy a new DS because they introduce a new color. This is just a different variant of the DSi. They've kept all specs except for physical size the same.

    There's no reason for anybody to get this if they are satisfied with the size of the standard DS screen... and if they AREN'T satisfied, this is a good option to have.
  • by Toonol (1057698) on Thursday October 29, 2009 @08:08PM (#29919309)
    16 megs instead of 4 megs ram, clock speed is about doubled. Still no powerhorse, but enough to make a noticeable difference in games... except nobody's made games for it, yet. It mainly perked my interest in emulation and modding, though; the web browser that barely worked in 4mb might do a pretty good job in 16mb.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?