DSi XL To Get North American Release In Q1 2010

Nintendo’s new double-sized screen DSi screen, confirmed earlier this week in Japan on the DSi LL, has now officially been slated for U.S. and European releases as well. On the east side of the Pacific Ocean, however, the new handheld will be called the DSi XL.

“A new iteration of the Nintendo DSi system will be introduced in Japan on November 21, 2009,” Nintendo said in a statement to GameSpot. “To be known as Nintendo DSi LL in Japan, and as Nintendo DSi XL in North America and Europe, it will offer a screen 93% larger than the current Nintendo DS Lite with a better view angle, an additional longer touch screen stylus, and pre-installed Nintendo DSiWare software. The new version will arrive in North America and Europe in the first quarter of calendar year 2010.”

The fourth evolutionary stage of the DS, following its original incarnation, the DS Lite and DSi, the new unit will come with a 4.2-inch screen, almost doubling the stretch of its predecessor, and have DS game and SD card slots.

This new upgrade obviously has some appeal, even without an announced price, but it has to be targeted primarily as DS and DS Lite users, since right now it appears that games purchases online at the DSi store won’t be transferable to new systems.

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