The New Nintendo DSi XL

It sucks when Japan always has the advantage of playing games and gaming consoles first than the rest of the world. It's because Nov.21st is the release of Nintendo's newest handheld member, the Nintendo DSi XL.

Europe, North America and presumably the rest of the world would have to wait until Q1 2010 for this one.

Specs are as follows:

Screen: 4.25-inch dual screens TFT CLC 260k (93% larger than Nintendo DSi)
Weight: 314g
Length: 91.4mm
Width: 161.0mm
Height: 21.2mm
Increments: Nintendo DS stylus 1pc, Nintendo DSi XL stylus 1pc
Battery life: 4-5 hours maximum brightness, 13-17 hours minimum brightness
Charging time: 3 hours
Slots: DS card slot, SD memory card slot, AC adapter, Stereo headphone/Microphone terminal
Initial colors available at release date: Wine red/Dark brown/Natural white
Release date: 21 November 2009 Japan, Q1 2010 NA/EU
Price: 20,000 yen ($220.50)

No new features except for the larger screen for better viewing angle (useful for people who'd huddle around one DSi XL), larger grip area and an additional new stylus. Basically just a DSi, but bigger. It's said to appeal to elderly people and those people who have difficulty seeing.

Many North American and European users are criticizing the DSi XL for its lack of improvement, some even going as far as saying Nintendo is mimicking Apple Co. or that it's turning into Activision. And with a price tag of $220.50, they say that "that's more messed up." Plus, users have been expecting the return of the GBA slot in this new Nintendo release, seems like Nintendo has denied them again. On the bright side, if people are gonna say "What a cuuuute pink DSi you have!", at least it's now called "Wine Red", not "Glossy Pink" no more.

'Till my next installment,

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