Nintendo DSi and DSi XL drop to $99 and $129

Weeks before E3, Nintendo has lowered the price of some of its older gaming handhelds even further, but not far enough.

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It's been a tough time for handheld game systems that aren't phones or tablets. Sometimes, the only real solution is a price drop.

Nintendo is lowering the prices of the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL, the larger-screened version of the DSi, to prices that, frankly, most people probably imagined they'd be at anyway: $99 and $129, respectively. These prices take effect May 20. The Nintendo DSi currently has an MSRP of $149 while the DSi XL is $169, which seems ridiculous considering the more powerful but more battery-challenged Nintendo 3DS now costs $169.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DS Lite continues to sell for $99, which is the version of the DS without any downloadable game service or cameras.

It's a good philosophy to make the razor as cheap as possible to sell more blades: the blades, in this case, being older Nintendo DS cartridges. As summer vacations approach, at least it's smart timing.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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