Nintendo Announces DSi LL

Nintendo Announces DSi LL

Nintendo Announces DSi LL

Nintendo of Japan has revealed the Nintendo DSi LL, a DSi sporting larger 4.2 inch screens.

Designed to meet requests from older consumers wanting a larger screen and pen, the company said that the new model will offer no improvement in terms of resolution.

The DS LL measures 161 x 91.4 x 21.1mm and weights 314g. In comparison, the DSi measures 137 x 74.9 x 18.9mm and weighs 214g.

It will be bundled with two touch pens, one shorter (96mm) and one longer (129.3mm), and will come with three DSiWare titles pre-installed – two brain training games and a dictionary.

The new model will offer greater battery life than the existing DSi. The battery can last from 4-5 hours (extensive use) to 13-17 hours (energy saving use), compared to 3-4 hours to 9-14 hours for the DSi. The system will take three hours to charge, 30 minutes longer than the DSi.

Set for release in Japan on November 21 for 20,000 yen ($220), the DS LL will come in three colours: Dark Brown, Wine Red and Natural White.

Nintendo UK said in a statement that the system would be called the DSi XL in Europe. It will release in Europe in the first quarter of 2010. “The retail price of the Nintendo DSi XL is expected to be higher than that of the Nintendo DSi. Further details will be released soon,” it said. According to Joystiq, DSi XL will also be available in the US in early 2010.

Earlier this week it was reported that Nintendo would be releasing a new DSi sporting larger screens. At the time Nintendo told us that the reports were based purely on speculation.