GameYeeeah News: DSi XL/LL sells well in Japan, faster than PSPgo

After several days of availability in Japan, the DSi LL (to be named as XL in the West) has already broken 100,000 in sales, hitting 103,534 to be exact. A strong start for the new, larger handheld.

Online PR News – 26-November-2009 – – After several days of availability in Japan, the DSi LL (to be named as XL in the West) has already broken 100,000 in sales, hitting 103,534 to be exact. A strong start for the new, larger handheld.

The Nintendo DSi LL has arrived on the Japanese market on November 22 and initial numbers suggest that the new hardware version is having an impact with customers, smaller than that of the Nintendo DSi but bigger than that of the Sony made PlayStation Portable Go. For the initial two days, the new console has moved 103,524 units and it will likely become another success for the Japanese company.

In its initial two days, the original DSi, which introduced two cameras to the handheld, has managed to move 170,000 units while the PlayStation Portable, which has ditched the UMD drive and will be getting all its content via digital distribution, has only managed to sell 28,000. The DSi XL is set to arrive on Western markets early in 2010. Its main advantage is a bigger screen, which will likely attract older gamers to tthe Nintendo handheld. The package also contains a bigger stylus, to make it easier to operate the touchscreen interface, and the viewing angle has been improved as well.

The Nintendo DSi XL is priced at 20,000 Yen, which is the equivalent of about 220 dollars, which is more than the normal DSi price of 18,900 Yen. Nintendo has stated that it plans to continue selling and supporting the DS Lite, which is the oldest of the handhelds, alongside the DSi and the new XL.

In the battle of the handhelds between the PlayStation Portable Go and the Nintendo DS, it seems that the Sony made device is slowly losing ground, with its new version not gaining much traction in sales even as the old PSP-3000 is close to the top spot in Japan. The fact that the Go is lacking a UMD drive is probably one of the major turn offs for those who might be interested in picking up a new handheld.

Now, let's review the details of this new handheld DSi LL (XL):

The DSi LL measures 161 x 91.4 x 21.2 mm (6.34 x 3.6 x 0.83"), 1.61x the total volume of the DSi, and 1.48x the volume of the DS Lite. It weighs 314 grams, compared to the DSi's 214g, the DS Lite's 218g and the DS's 300g.

The screens are 4.2 inches diagonal. For comparison, the DSi's screens measure 3.25 inches, and the DS Lite's screens are 3 inches. As it is only a minor hardware revision, there is no reason to believe that the resolution will change from 256x192 pixels per screen. The reason for the larger screens is mainly attributed to allowing easier play on games that feature small text and precision gameplay. Another reason, according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, is "to offer a new play style, where those who are surrounding the game player can also join in one way or the other to the gameplay.

The DSi LL, like every other DS, includes a stylus that fits into the unit. The DSi XL stylus is 96mm long, just 4mm longer than the stylus on the DSi. The LL also includes a 129.3mm-long pen-shaped stylus, which does not fit inside the console. In addition, for the first time in the DS line, two DS models will share a common AC adapter. The DSi XL will use the same AC adapter as the DSi.

Despite the increased size of the displays, the battery in the DSi XL (DSi LL) supposedly outlasts that in the DSi. Nintendo claims 13-17 hours of runtime on the lowest brighness setting, compared to 9-14 on the DSi. On the highest brightness, the DSi XL supposedly lasts 4-5 hours, one hour longer than the range for the DSi.

Preloaded on the internal memory: the DSi Browser, Flipnote Studio, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Meikyou Kokugo Rakubiki Jiten, a dictionary program. Contents for the North American and European releases have yet to be confirmed.

As a DSi, the XL will be able to play DS cartridges, including those designed only for DSi and those enhanced for DSi. It will also be capable of downloading and playing DSiWare. Like the current DSi, there is no slot for Game Boy Advance cartridges.