Say hello to the Nintendo DSi LL, the next version of the Nintendo DSi. It’ll go on sale November 21, 2009 in Japan for 20,000 yen (roughly $220 USD/CDN). Though it’s hard to tell from this photo, the DSi LL has significantly larger dual screens and comes with a larger, more ergonomic stylus. The target market for this updated system appears to be the elderly, or anyone else that would have trouble with the screen size of the current DSi.
Though Nintendo hasn’t mentioned any details of a possible North American release, it seems likely since Europe is apparently getting the system early next year.
While the DSi LL is much bigger than any previous DS system, I’d still love to try it. The screen resolution might be the same but I don’t believe the games would suffer too much due to what is, in layman’s terms, screen magnification. In fact, some older games might look really cool with bigger pixels. To speculate, I think this might be Nintendo’s attempt at testing the market before unveiling an even larger portable device along the lines of a netbook computer. Think about it! Little big screen gaming on the go would be amazing.
One thing I’m wondering about, however, is whether this larger form factor means Nintendo could conceivably fit the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot into the system’s design. It was present in both the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite but was removed from the DSi. Furthermore, I wouldn’t mind seeing upgraded cameras on the device, as the DSi’s camera is really only useful in very bright lighting.
All speculation aside, I don’t believe it could be argued that you can seriously crush a toe if you were to drop the DSi LL on your foot.