Nintendo Dropping DSi and DSi XL Price, But Only a Tick

Nintendo DSi

Nintendo's been slumping in monthly sales, and so it's responding. Sort of.

Come September 12, the company says it plans to drop the price of its Nintendo DSi and super-sized DSi XL models by $20 each. That means you'll be able to snag a new DSi for $149.99, or if you prefer a pair of considerably larger screens, the DSi XL for $169.99.

The older, somewhat less appealing DS Lite--it's chief virtue is that it'll still play Game Boy Advance games--will continue to sell for $129.99

Nintendo called its DS family of handheld game systems "the best-selling in the history of the U.S. and worldwide" in a press statement. That's true in terms of handheld sales and every other console save one: The DS still lags behind Sony's PlayStation 2, which can claim some 145 million in total worldwide sales.

The company claims the DSi and DSi XL "offer consumers access to more than 1,300 packaged games and more than 200 downloadable games."

No doubt it's an impressive little system that's done magnificently. It's just too bad Nintendo couldn't cut a little deeper. Dropping the DS Lite to $99.99 and the DSi to $129.99 would've been more impressive.

Besides, the handheld market's arguably saturated, and who wants one with the 3DS just around the corner?

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