Yesterday, Nintendo revealed that it sold 165,000 Nintendo DS family units last month in the USA, an impressive number especially when considering that almost everybody who wants a DS probably already has one now, seven years after the original Nintendo DS hit American shores. Nevertheless, Nintendo continues to chug along, as it’s just stated that it will be releasing a new color for Nintendo DSi XL, “Metallic Rose.” It will be released on September 18, likely in conjunction with Kirby Mass Attack, which comes out September 19.
While this might be a little strange to some, especially in light of Nintendo’s recent attempts to get consumers to buy 3DS systems rather than stick with their DS systems, Nintendo really does still make plenty of money through its older DS systems– and considering DSiWare is continually being released, perhaps it’s not such a bad plan.
Nintendo first released DSi XL in Japan, on November 21, 2009, and released European and North American versions on March 5 and 28, respectively. It has sold 4.24 million units in North America so far, with a combined total of 10.58 million. Other colors include Bronze, Burgundy, and Midnight Blue.
We’d say something about how guys can like pink, too, but would Nintendo listen?
Full press release below:
New Metallic Rose Nintendo DSi XL Set to Bloom Sept. 18
This fall, Nintendo has a shiny new option for consumers seeking a hand-held entertainment device that matches their personal sense of style. On Sept. 18, the range of hardware colors for the portable Nintendo DSi XL™ system grows to include Metallic Rose, an eye-catching shade of pink with a luminous modern sheen. For kids eager to head back to school in style or busy adults with an appetite for on-the-go entertainment, this new color option rolls fun and fashion into one irresistible package.
Nintendo DSi XL features two 4.2-inch screens that are 93 percent larger than those of the Nintendo DS™ Lite system, giving users a brilliant view of their favorite games and applications and providing a wider viewing angle that lets friends and family members share in the fun. In addition to two built-in cameras, Facebook™ photo integration and pre-loaded software including Flipnote Studio™, Brain Age™ Express: Math, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters and Photo Clock, Nintendo DSi XL also offers access to an ever-growing variety of downloadable content via the Nintendo DSi Shop (broadband Internet access required).
A strong roster of upcoming games for the Nintendo DS family of systems – including new installments in several fan-favorite franchises – will keep new and existing users’ spirits extra rosy this fall and beyond. Kirby™ Mass Attack, which launches Sept. 19, lets players control as many as 10 pink Kirby characters at a time using unique touch-screen controls as they defeat enemies and collect medals in a variety of colorful worlds. Players gather fruit to build up their mob of Kirbys, and this is key because a certain number of Kirbys are needed to access different stages and areas. Remember, more Kirbys equal more power. The combination of Kirby Mass Attack and the new Metallic Rose Nintendo DSi XL make for the “perfect pink pair” for that favorite girl gamer. Also, Professor Layton and the Last Specter™ will invite players to solve loads of brain-teasing puzzles in order to solve a captivating new mystery when it launches on Oct. 17.
Other color options for Nintendo DSi XL hardware include Bronze, Midnight Blue and Burgundy. Nintendo DSi XL is available at a suggested retail price of $169.99.
For more information about Nintendo DSi XL, visit http://www.nintendo.com/ds/systems/dsixl.