Waiting Has Its Rewards, Nintendo DSi and DSi XL Available for $99 and $130

Nintendo DSi

If you’ve always wanted to buy Nintendo DSi but have been refusing to do so due to its high price, you’re in luck as the portable console is about to receive a significant price cut. If you want to get a Nintendo DSi or DSi XL, you may buy one for the appealing prices of $99 and $130 respectively, but note that these prices take effect on May 20, 2012.

Currently, the DSi is available for $149 and the DSi XL for $169 so those eager to get the portable system should wait a little bit longer in order to save some money. Portable handhelds have been having a really rough time lately, especially if we take into account that smartphones and tablets are dominating the portable market. A solution to this overly convoluted problem isn’t easy if you’re Nintendo, but dropping the price of your older hardware is definitely a very good idea.

For the uninitiated, the Nintendo DSi was originally launched in Japan in 2008 and in North America in 2009 as a rival to Sony’s PlayStation Portable. Nintendo’s main objective with the portable console was to make a slimmer handheld with bigger screens, so their first step was to remove the GBA slot (which the original DS and DS Lite had.) Among other features the newer consoles include two digital cameras, support to both internal and external content storage and the possibility of connecting to the online DSi store allowing users to download various titles. When the console came out, it was quite well received by both critics and users in general as it added some compelling new features. The DSi XL on the other hand, was exactly the same model only larger, so as a consequence, most people didn’t consider it a much improved version.

In addition, both handhelds offer extensive media capabilities like the possibility of taking pictures, recording your voice, downloading games and software, playing music files from the SD card, logging on to Facebook and so on. The Nintendo DS Lite on the other hand, which doesn’t allow users to download games or to take pictures, is still available for $99.

A lot of people in the industry were predicting that this was going to happen, but in an interesting turn of events, Nintendo decided to make this announcement a couple of weeks before E3. Still, dropping the price of these handhelds is a really good idea as there are currently around 2000 games available for the consoles. And I’m pretty sure the Japanese-based company is eager to keep selling them for a long while.