Nintendo DSi Drops To $100 In North America This Month

By Ishaan . May 10, 2012 . 10:02am

If you’re in the market for a Nintendo DSi, you’ll be able to buy one for cheaper starting later this month. Nintendo of America have announced that they’re dropping the price of both the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL.


Starting May 20th, The Nintendo DSi will drop to $100 (from $150), while the larger DSi XL will drop to $130 (from $170).


Both systems will come pre-loaded with Flipnote Studio. The DSi XL will also come installed with Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock.

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  • MrRobbyM

    Wait, they were STILL more than $100? If anything, The DSi should of already been $100 and the DSi XL should of already been $130 a long time ago. If not less.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I don’t see why. The reason they were still being sold for more than $100 until now is beacuse people were still buying them for more than $100. As long as that was the case, there was absolutely no reason for Nintendo and/or retailers to drop the price.

      In any case, I hope Nintendo of Europe will drop the price as well.

      • MrRobbyM

        With the 3DS priced at 170, the DSi XL had no business being the same price. If it still sold, great for Nintendo. But outside of business, it doesn’t make sense.

        • Tom_Phoenix

          “Outside of business”? LOL.

          Price is a business matter. If it makes business sense to keep the price as it is, then there is no (good) reason to change the price. Price changes are not things that should be made arbitrarily.

          • MrRobbyM

            My point is if you were going to 150 dollars on a DSi, you might as well spend another 20 dollars and get a 3DS that not only plays 3DS games, but DS games as well. That’s how it makes sense. A DSi XL should really have been no more than $150, close to the 3DS if only because of the screen size.

          • Barrylocke89

            I’m sure part of the reason for the higher price was for the same reason you said. People would see the higher price of the DSi and DSiXL, realize that the 3DS is only a few dollars more and can do a lot more, and migrate to the newer system instead.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            Well, maybe people weren’t interested in the 3DS games. Maybe they preferred  a device that played DS games for longer (and in the XL’s case, had a bigger screen) rather than a device that played both DS and 3DS games, but had a poorer battery life. Maybe they weren’t satisfied with the 3DS’ backwards compatibility (some people have complained that it’s less than ideal) and wanted the real deal instead. Maybe they had reservations regarding the stereoscopic 3D and wanted a device that didn’t have it. Or heck, maybe they just thought the extra 20 dollars were better spent going towards a DS game or something else. 

            Whatever the reason, people were still buying the DSi and DSi XL at those prices. And as long as people were willing to pay that much for them, Nintendo and/or retailers had no reason to change the price.

          • MrRobbyM

            @Tom_Phoenix:disqus You must admit that while that may be the case, it certainly not a big crowd. But yes, I’m not arguing that it doesn’t make sense for Nintendo. If it still makes money then good for them.

  • …….Humiez bought dese?

  • Letiumtide

    I still love my DSi XL. Even though I have a 3DS I don’t play DS games on it because they look like ass. 

    • Kefkiroth

      You could always go DS mode with Start + Select. Then again that DOES make the game very small.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Wow just in time for the next pokemons. I hope they still do one more special edition bundle at these new prices once they come out

  • I would buy the XL in a SECOND if it dropped to 100.  Playing Etrian Odyssey 3 on one of those last summer was such a great gaming experience.

  • Still not cheap enough…

  • Andrew Austin

    DSi’s  aren’t region-free, right?

    I really want to upgrade my original DS…

    • Zero_Destiny

      No the DSi line is not region locked, only the DSi ware (downloadable games) are locked for each region. So the only way to get Japanese DSi ware is via a Japanese DSi/3DS.

      DSi systems will play any DS game from any region with the exception being DSi-enhanced games.  These are games that take advantage of the DSi camera and such. These few games like SolatoRobo, and I believe Pokemon Black and White, are locked. But all the other games should work just fine in the DSi.

      • PoweredByHentai

        Um, yes they ARE region-locked. 

        Any DSi-enhanced cartridge is essentially region-locked.

        Also, SolatoRobo wasn’t even “DSi-enhanced” so it isn’t region-locked.

        • Zero_Destiny

          Ahhhh that’s literally what I said dude. I don’t get it, why did you reply back the same information I just said. O_o Also Solatorobo is an DSi-enhanced game I know for a fact because I own it. You can take photos and put them into the game, in fact the game even takes a photo of you as your avatar. So yeah I don’t even get what you’re saying. lol

          • M’iau M’iaut

            I’m guessing someone’s brain didn’t get enough hentai today.

          • PoweredByHentai

            Why yes, how did you know?  :D

          • PoweredByHentai

            What the hell?  It plays fine on the DS Lite and the packaging made no mention about it being enhanced for the DSi.  I’ll have to check the packaging again later.  Since it played without any issues on my DS Lite, I had simply assumed that it didn’t have any other special tweaks, especially since I don’t own a DSi.

            Either way, this has been one hell of a week for me.

          • Julien_N

            The DS Lite has no form of region locking whatsoever, so you can play foreign DSi-enhanced games on it. The paradox is that you can’t play them on the system they are designed for…

          • Zero_Destiny

            It is as Julien_N has kindly explained, DSi enhanced games will work just fine in a DS Lite or original DS, unless you are warned otherwise. The only DSi enhanced games that don’t work in the older DS systems are ones that use the camera as the main crux of its Gameplay. These games have big old warnings on their cover that say you need a DSi.

            Games like SolatoRobo where the enhanced features are just nice little added bonuses to people who bought a DSi can still be played on any other DS system.  That said if you play the enhanced games on a system that isn’t a DSi/3DS then you get a different gameplay experience that doesn’t have any of the enhanced features in the game.

            So the catch-22 is that the DSi enhanced games aren’t region locked to you if you own a DS Lite or the original DS. You can still import them and play them just fine on those system. The article you linked in your response to me even clearly says that. lol But if you own a DSi then these games are locked. It is because of this reason that I decided to wait on SolatoRobo instead of importing it from Europe because I wanted to play it on my DSi with the extra features instead of settling for it on just my DS Lite. And luckily XSeed came through for me. :)

          • PoweredByHentai

            @Julien_N:disqus and @Zero_Destiny:disqus :
            I know that the DS Lite is region-free.  I was saying that the DSi-enhanced games that are region-locked are the ones that specifically have the “DSi” print on the packaging.  Since I did not see that “DSi” print on the packaging of Solatorobo, I simply assumed that Solatorobo wasn’t region-locked and had no DSi-enhanced features; an assumption that is apparently incorrect.

  • boundries_san

    Hmm going to get myself another XL then. I need to prepare myself for……. POKEMON!!!!

  •  Dammint Nintendo, why would you do this when I’m broke as hell and jobless >;/ . I’ve been wanting a DSi XL for awhile now, I still want to get a DS Lite just to round out the trifecta with my regular DS. Got that back in 2007 for my birthday used and abit cheap, and it has served me well over the years but I would like to play my GBA games on a backlit screen and my DS games on a bigger screen.

  • never cared for this system. my PSV and DS LL are doing me quite fine.

    I’ll just get it, play FF Theorythm, and then toss it in a corner.
    The 3d hurts mein eyes!

    • There’s an app for that(I mean 3ds has a slider to turn off 3d)

      • yea but then i bought a system marketed for its 3d, and then turn it’s 3d off…..
        then its just a ds.

        and i have two of those.

      • also, misread this at first. this is the dsi xl not the 3ds lol
        so its still useless for me.
        ah well!

  • looks like the dsi will become he next on the list to drop off the market must mean a new 3ds in the works.

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