The DSi XL, Nintendo's slightly larger version of the DSi, will be coming to North America on March 28 with a price point of $189.99. The DSi XL, which will have bigger screens and a thicker, more pen-like stylus, will launch with two colors, black and wine red. While many gamers balked at the fact that Nintendo is releasing yet another version of their popular handheld, keep in mind that this was meant for older gamers, and the DSi XL should make handheld gaming even more accessible, which is a good thing.
In a press release, Nintendo revealed these details about the launch of the DSi XL:
The new Nintendo DSi XL™ hand-held system launches March 28 at a suggested retail price of $189.99. The screens of the Nintendo DSi XL are 93 percent larger than those of the Nintendo DS™ Lite model, providing a more vivid and engaging play experience. The screens of the Nintendo DSi XL also feature a wider viewing angle, letting friends and family members join the fun. The new system launches in both Burgundy and Bronze colors, and comes loaded with pre-installed premium software Brain Age™ Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock, as well as two free applications: the Nintendo DSi Browser and Flipnote Studio™. Nintendo DSi XL will also come with a larger pen-like stylus that allows for a more comfortable grip and enhanced ease of use when playing games that use the Nintendo DS touch screen. America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking and WarioWare™: D.I.Y. will also launch for the Nintendo DS family of products on March 28, providing consumers with new content that can be enjoyed on any Nintendo DS system. Games like these demonstrate the enhanced experience available with the Nintendo DSi XL.
It's worth noting that this is still significantly less expensive than Sony's PSPgo, making that handheld option seem even more ridiculous and unrealistic. More news from Nintendo is coming in fast, so check back for all the latest from Nintendo's Media Summit 2010.