Nintendo recycles DSi with XL display

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Nintendo of America has confirmed that it will be selling a XL version of its DSi handheld gaming device for $190.

The DSiXL - which is scheduled to launch on March 28 - was designed to create a more "social experience" with its "multiple viewing" angles.

"This product really fills a gap between portable play and social experiences that up until now is only available on consoles," Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales and marketing, told CNET.

Nintendo also announced a number of new titles for its lineup of DS devices, including a book-reading app that offers gamers access to 100 classic titles.

"That, of course, is a nod in the direction of the popularity of electronic book readers such as the Amazon Kindle," opined Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat.

"We'll see if all of this is enough to stave off growing competition from Apple with its iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad products."

Destructoid's Brad Nicholson
expressed similar sentiments.

"The DSiXL isn't as large as an iPad  or as comfortable as a Kindle, nor will it come equipped with a digital delivery service that offers more than games, but Nintendo still plans to get into the electronic book arena," wrote Nicholson.

"[Although] Bram Stroker's 'Dracula' was the only book specifically mentioned, we're willing to guess that the majority of works will be public domain, but that'll need some official confirmation that we can't obtain at the moment."

Finally, Dunaway showcased a demo of Nintendo's long-awaited Super Mario Galaxy 2 game for the Wii, which is slated to be released on May 23.