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DSi LL Coming To Europe First Quarter 2010

Posted by Damien McFerran

New console to be rebranded as the "DSi XL"?

Wondering if the recently confirmed DSi LL is coming to Europe? Wonder no longer.

Website VG247 has pressed Nintendo Europe for an answer regarding this hot question and the company has confirmed that the new machine will be hitting The Old World in the first quarter of 2010.

Nintendo Europe has also hinted that the console will be called DSi XL here. Perhaps the firm has realised that "DS-iLL" sounds a bit silly?

Here's the official line, direct from a Nintendo UK rep's mouth:

Nintendo today confirms that a new Nintendo DSi XL console is launching in Europe in the first quarter of 2010. The retail price of the Nintendo DSi XL is expected to be higher than that of the Nintendo DSi. Further details will be released soon.

The Japanese version of the console is set to launch at the end of November, retailing for 20,000 Yen. There's been no word on the North American release, but we would imagine it will be at the same time as the Euro one - if not sooner.

[via vg247.com]

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User Comments (37)

Roopa132

#1

Roopa132 said:

Well I'm not gonna get it since I have the normal DSi but great news for people with bad eyes in Europe :P

ReZon

#2

ReZon said:

What a big wide beast that thing turned out to be. Very ridiculous.

V8_Ninja

#3

V8_Ninja said:

Looks like this has a good chance of coming to the US if Europeans are gonna get it, so I have no worries. :)

NOTE: I don't have a DSi, so if some people are wondering why I had this really awkward mood swing from the last article, it's because I just noticed I don't have a DSi.

DazzaAdmin

#4

Dazza said:

Releasing this info before Xmas is madness. What are Nintendo thinking?

I'd much rather a brand new handheld from Ninty now. Not another DS reboot. Where's my portable Gamecube with analog nub and widescreen? :-)

King_Elemento

#5

King_Elemento said:

Great idea to tell us this RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Nintendo. Great way to increase sales.

If it's going to be the same price, I may as well not buy the DSi for Christmas, get my parents give me the money they would've helped me with, and but this, probably for Easter. As much as I hate to support these silly release schemes. This means when I preorder Spirit Tracks, I'll have to wait even longer to play it 'cause my DS Lite broke.

Only thing I want to know: How do the games look on it? Will they be stretched, have massive borders, or what? I'd imagine the former, but how nicely will they be stretched?

RaylaxStaff

#6

Raylax said:

Am I the only one who thinks it looks pretty ugly? Maybe it's just a bad choice of colour. But the curved-in plastic of the top half makes it look a bit tinny and cheap. I know the original DSi has that too, but it's not as obvious on that.
Also, why is the hinge a different colourtone to the rest of the device? http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/dsiLL/index.html#/size/ (see third image). Looks like someone's broken the original and bought a cheap 3rd-party replacement hinge.
Blurgh. Basically, they're bringing out a new model that hardly anyone is going to want to buy since they just shelled for a normal DSi, and they've completely missed the Christmas period where their best chance of good sales would be.

Sneaker13

#7

Sneaker13 said:

@ King Elemento, good point that is pretty stupid to announce it before the holidays. I do share the same concerns about how the games will look, better await some reviews.

RyuZebian

#8

RyuZebian said:

I wonder if it will get better camera and more memory... Otherwise I think it's a pretty worthless update, compared to the DSi.

King_Elemento

#9

King_Elemento said:

@8. RuyZebian:

I'd imagine so. I want it anyway, but I'd expect something bigger to have all it's aspects bigger too. It's unlikely to have been made just to increase screen size and battery life, if it's so much heavier.

RaylaxStaff

#10

Raylax said:

The stylus looks a bit fatter than the bottom half of the device. Where exactly is it going to live when not in use? I don't want to have to hunt around the bottom of my backpack for it everytime I want to break out a game of Boxlife. Which will also mean it'll gather a ton of dirt and then scratch the screen to buggery.

JimLad

#12

JimLad said:

mmm I don't know what to think about this.
On one hand, we all hate the idea and think they're losing it.
On the other hand this may be in response to surveys, saying that what people (non-gamers) want is bigger screens.
If they're selling this along side the small DSi as an alternative not a replacement, then I can kinda get where they're coming from:
Same machine, more portable or easier to use, your decision.

The colour does seem like it's aimed at yor grandad. :/

taffy

#13

taffy said:

Might actually get one seeing as I buggered up me DS Lite from being a little too aggresive while playing Ninja Gaiden :-s

Kirk

#14

Kirk said:

The one thing I would say is that I'm not really sure the DS has enough software at this stage that is aimed at the "older" crowd to really warrant a model made specifically for them.

If this is part of Nintendo's plan for getting the older gamers to buy their handheld then I hope they have plans to release much more software that will suit their tastes...Hopefully not at the expense of the more traditional and hardcore gamers.

DamoAdmin

#15

Damo said:

BTW, regarding the LL/XL situation, apparently LL is the largest clothing size in Japan. So it makes sense for them to rename it XL here in the West, I guess.

Krispood

#18

Krispood said:

Hmm, That machine i probably a big fail, all the existing ds games are going to look very ugly on it. But when i look at it and the pen, it looks kinda like a portable drawing tablet, so i hope they get someone to make a good drawing program for it cause just by doing that you get a bunch of sales. Maybe even get adobe to make a photoshop for it.
But i hope the games that comes out for that machine will be great, Or the screens will be meaningless. Nintendo should try to get the gamecube games to work on it.

Stuffgamer1

#20

Stuffgamer1 said:

Why should this being announced before Christmas matter? The original DSi was announced before Christmas last year, and it didn't seem to impact sales at all!

I figured that LL was the Japanese version of XL to bein with (all of ten minutes ago when I read the other article), so this is no surprise to me whatsoever. It's still definitely nothing I want. The regular DSi is juuuuust fine for me, thank you very much.

blank_user_1

#21

blank_user_1 said:

That's a nice photo.... "XL," huh. I'm sure an Extra Large Nintendo DS sounded like a great idea. Really progressive market plan there. Give them the phat, then the lite, now the large.

@Kris: That sounds nice but unlikely.

JamieOStaff

#23

JamieO said:

I must be a bit nuts regarding this news, because the idea of larger DS screens actually makes me more enthusiastic for the machine, than I was for the original DSi. I trust that Nintendo's hardware people will be striving to make our DS games look half-way decent on it.
I do sympathise with anyone who has already purchased a DSi though and I agree that releasing too many iterations of the same console can be detrimental in the long run, especially if it frustrates loyal Nintendo fans.
Plus @Dazza is spot on in his hope for a GameCube quality, analogue controlled portable. You could possibly even fit the tiny GCN discs into a handheld machine, a GCN backwards compatible disc slot would be awesome in a portable, although I know that idea is merely a ridiculous, impossible li'l dream.

Stevie

#26

Stevie said:

It's starting to get a tad rediculous the number of DS models that have been released, this one especially considering it is not long since the DSi was released, all it will do is annoy current DSi owners who will not want to buy into Nintendo's next generation as they will worry that a superior model will be out in a few month's.

Mendoza

#27

Mendoza said:

Not sure, hope it won't be too pixelated, maybe the new DSi exclusive games 'll change that :) Maybe I buy it once they solved the DSiWare problem though :D

premko

#29

premko said:

I think it`s good, that Nintendo gives us choice - we really don`t need to buy EVERY console they do. So, fanboys...

JuneBelle

#31

JuneBelle said:

@18. Krispood:

They did create a drawing program for it. It's called Art Academy.

Hmm.....Maybe this will come to the US......

premko

#33

premko said:

Anyone noticed that "Super DSi" isn`t much bigger than old, fat DS ? And it`s much thinner - not bad at all...

OldBoy

#34

OldBoy said:

Well I still use my Phat so this is probably not much of a change in size for me (apart from the screens of course!). I won't be getting it myself as I'm perfectly happy with the one I've got and at the end of the day the games are the same but I can see this doing well with the older gamers (50+) for their brain training etc. I really like @Dazza_and_Jamie O's ideas though.Now that would be sweet :)

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