Nintendo to supersize DSi handheld

The new Nintendo DSi LL will sport two screens measuring 4.25-inches in diagonal diameter, far larger than the current DSi's 3.25-inch screens or the DS Lite's 3-inch screens.

Two days after it dismissed a Nikkei newswire article as speculative, Nintendo has confirmed a new version of its DSi handheld will go on sale in Japan this year.

As had been reported, the new DSi LL will sport two screens measuring 4.25" inches in diagonal diameter, far larger than the current DSi's 3.25" screens or the DS Lite's 3" screens. The DSi LL's screens will even be larger than the single screen of the Sony PSP-3000, which measures in at four inches. Despite the larger screens, the DSi LL's battery life will be a half-hour longer than that of the DSi, matching the DS Lite's 3 hours.

As shown on Nintendo Japan's official Web site, the handheld will also sport both a regular and easier-to-hold stylus shaped like a rounded pen. The handheld will go on sale in Japan on November 21 for a cost of ¥20,000 ($220.50), and will be available in three colors: Wine Red, Dark Brown, and Natural White. Nintendo expects the DSi LL to go on sale in Europe in early 2010 but no launch date has been set for the U.S.

For more, read " DSi LL hits Japan Nov. 21" on GameSpot.com.

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