The Lost Big Screen Nintendo DS Lite

By Spencer . December 14, 2009 . 11:36am

imageThe idea for a living room optimized Nintendo DS goes way back to the DS Lite days. At that time, Nintendo was developed a DS Lite revision with larger screens. The never released, but ready for production big screen Nintendo DS Lite had 3.8 inch screens.


That’s larger than the standard 3” screens found on a DS Lite, but smaller than the DSi XL’s 4.2” screens. Since the Nintendo DS Lite was flying off store shelves, the big screen Nintendo DS Lite never entered production. However, the unreleased piece of hardware was the base for the Nintendo DSi XL.


Before announcing it as the Nintendo DSi LL in Japan and DSI XL in North America, Nintendo tossed around other names. Shigeru Miyamoto liked the name Nintendo DSi Deka, which would be Nintendo DSi Large in English. Other team members came up with DSi Comfort, DSi Executive, DSi Premium, and DSi Living. Nintendo even thought about using DSi XL as the worldwide name before settling on DSi LL for Japan.

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  • MadMirko

    Hm, seeing that the DSi is also flying of the shelves (and we still get the XL, which currently also sells like hotcakes), I wonder if good DSL sales were really the reason why we didn’t see a DSL with larger screens.

    • MadMirko

      That’s an interesting question, me. Unfortunately we have no answer, but a nice additional tidbit:Nintendo actually progressed far enough with the large screen DS Lite that they had a model in place and would have been able to go into mass production. Due to the success of the DS Lite, they put the idea on hold.Following this, Nintendo’s hardware team went to work on DSi. At the time, Iwata suggested releasing both large and small versions of the DSi, but they were unable to develop both versions simultaneously.SourceI think I’d have gone with the big screen model right away. The source article also mentions the XL has a larger viewing angle. Is that in relation to the DSLite or the DSi?

      EDIT: Both, it seems

  • malek86

    Why didn’t they use XL in Japan too?

  • Saturnus

    What does LL even stand for?

    • discoma

      Double Large, perhaps? Sort of like how XL is Extra Large. Idk.


      • Only that LL isn’t really quite as large as a true USA XL.

        It’s weird. There’s L, LL, and XL for things like slippers in Japan.

        Japanese people tend to be smaller.

  • kemae27

    I got mine using the service at It watched the Amazon inventory and the moment Amazon received fresh inventory at the regular retail price this obnoxious alarm went off. I jumped on the computer and scored 2 zhuzhus for less than $20 bucks.

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