Nintendo’s new DSi LL seems to be nothing more than an oversized DSi.
At first there was the original Nintendo DS, which was followed later on by the DS Lite, which reduced the overall bulkiness of the system substantially. Then the DSi was released, which removed the GBA slot and added two cameras, among other things. Now we have confimation that Nintendo has validated yet another DS variant called the DSi LL (DSi XL in Europe,) which appears to be nothing more than a supersized DSi. It will be released in Japan on the 21st of November for ¥20,000, roughly $220 USD. (Really Nintendo, I think its time to stop pushing people to purchase a new DS every few months.)
Anyway, the DSi LL is slightly thicker than the 18.9mm DSi at 21.2mm, but still thinner than the 21.5mm DS Lite. With the obvious height and width changes brings a pair of 4.2″ screens (compared to the 3.25″ and 3.0″ for DSi and DS Lite respectively.) This should improve usability a tad and bring the console another step closer to being as big as one of those MIDs. Larger touchscreens are easier to use, besides. Battery life is on par with the DS Lite, with 4-5 hours on maximum brightness/intensity or 13-17 hours with the display on the lowest settings, which might come as a slight surprise for some.
You can pick from the dark brown, burgundy and natural white colours. Canadian and US availability is unknown so far, but we should see the console hitting stores by the holidays. One question I would like to ask you guys is, would you replace your current DSi or DS Lite (or even original DS) for the DSi LL? I know I wouldn’t. There doesn’t seem to be much point of buying this console other than the larger screen size.
*Edit: The DSi LL will be known as the DSi XL in North America, and it will be released sometime in Q1 of 2010.