Nintendo DSi XL gets official North American release date

Nintendo DSi XL gets official North American release date

Summary: The Nintendo DSi XL, which was announced last year and will be getting its European debut on March 5, now has an official date in North America. Finally!

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The Nintendo DSi XL, which was announced last year and will be getting its European debut on March 5, now has an official date in North America. Finally!

Nintendo's latest handheld gaming device will be available in North American stores on March 28 for $189.99, before taxes and shipping. It will be available in burgundy (as pictured above) and bronze, which I have not seen images of yet, but I would sure love to get a look.

The DSi XL is getting a lot of hype because its screens are 93% larger than its predecessor, the Nintendo DS Lite, with dual 4.2-inch displays. Hot.

Nintendo slipped in a few title announcements as well, including America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking and WarioWare: D.I.Y. for DS also on March 28, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Nintendo Wii on May 23.

And for a more in-depth take on the Nintendo DSi XL, check out ZDNet's Christopher Dawson's take on the upcoming Nintendo gaming device and what it could mean for 1:1 computing.

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  • This might be good for those who are visually impaired.

    So this new screen comes up to 8.1"? Nice!

    If I have that kind of money, I would certainly buy Final Fantasy III and IV for the DSi XL and play it.
    Grayson Peddie
  • Even the original PSP is better

    The DS, any edition, is still cartridge-based. You'll never get the animation that you can with disc-based games (because you can store so much more); plus, the PSP plays UMD movies, music, mpg4 videos, mp3's, has comic books, downloadable games via WiFi, and just keeps getting better (all this works on the original PSP). The Go version has a built-in hard drive.

    My kids quickly got bored with the DS and its kiddie titles.
    davidr69
    • Re: Even the original PSP is better

      davidr69 said "You'll never get the animation that you can with disc-based games (because you can store so much more)".
      Apparently he hasn't heard of the R4 cartridge, which uses micro SDHC cards. With these you can get up to 32GB of storage, usually used to store multiple games.
      Also, since the DS cartridge is considerably more than twice the size of a micro SDHC card this means that it has a theoretical maximum storage considerably greater than 64GB, which exceeds even blu-ray disks.
      Any game limitations are obviously not due to the use of cartridges instead of disks.
      ausvirgo