Thursday, January 26, 2006

Nintendo DS redesign



Nintendo Co. Ltd. has revealed the redesigned Nintendo DS, called ´DS Lite´. Here are the specs, as translated by Babelfish and slightly interpreted:
Name: Nintendo DS Lite
Shipping date: 2nd March 2006
Retail price: 16.800 Yen, including tax (equals $145)
Dimensions (when folded): 133.0 (width) × 73.9 (height) × 21 5mm (depth)
Previous dimensions: 148.7 (width) × 84.7 (height) × 28. 9mm (depth)
Weight: 218g
Previous weight: 275g
So the new model is lighter and they managed to reduce its thickness by almost a third. Here´s the contents of the announcement as emailed to Joystiq:
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata today announced Nintendo DS Lite, a slimmer version of the best-selling Nintendo DS™. Also featuring brighter screens, Nintendo DS Lite will launch in Japan in March. Nintendo DS Lite will be less than two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and more than 20 percent lighter.

Nintendo DS has enjoyed extremely strong sales in Japan and around the world, selling more than 14.4 million units worldwide. The Japanese sell-through of the existing Nintendo DS hardware exceeded 5 million within 13 months, which made Nintendo DS the fastest-selling video game system there.

Nintendo will announce more information about the availability of Nintendo DS Lite in North America and other territories in the future.
To be honest, I expected a more radical redesign. The ´DS lite´ seems to be only smaller and its surface smoothed. However, that already makes the design more ´Apple-esque´ and will make the handheld match the Revolution better.

Source: Joystiq, Nintendo Co. Ltd., Babelfish
Thanks to: Luca S., Pi

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

fAL
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PEACE AND IM OUT
(I HAVE GOT TO FINISH KILLER7)

-LIGHTSHEDDER

Obinna said...

A DS lite huh, Wow so the rumors were true.

Falafelkid said...

Hey, Light Shedder. I didn´t even bother to read your entire rant, because my time is precious, you know? I´m just worried about you, posting so much stuff on the net. I think you should get out more and get your girlfriend some flowers (or just get a girlfriend).

runnin_blue said...

I think the new DS looks really nice. Smaller and sleeker and it compliments the Revolution.

I'm just upset that I have to buy a DS again to own one. Nintendo should let you trade in your old DS and wack a little bit of money on top to own one of these babys.

Oh, and I want it in (Revolution) black.

P.S. Lightshedder, by taking the time to write that nonsense, you aren't displaying great time-management either.

Falafelkid said...

Hi Runnin_Blue. And him really needing to finish ´Killer 7´ may make you think he´s not too keen on sunlight either. Anyway, I´m off to the health spa and sauna now. See you ;)

ColdBlooder said...

looks neat. i need this one, because i want a white cube, so it matches my white revolution. so a white ds would rule!

Anonymous said...

LOL-I like your sense of humor Fal.
I presume you know better than me that my words must have had some merit or should I say impact but nevermind.(;

Lass dich net stressen

-LightShedder

Anonymous said...

Hooray! Now I can buy a DS! (was waiting on the redesign)

Anonymous said...

Would that first poster please drop dead. Ok now on to item 2, this DS is wicked and probably lloks really slick in physical life. 3 Im still wondering who is seriousgamer007.com ?

Anonymous said...

Oooh! Il looks great, but I think I will keep my big Electric Blue DS. It's only a re-design...

Anonymous said...

I was waiting for the redisgn then after that carefully worded LIE (yes, I said it) by Nintendo, on Jan 16th, I went out and got one.

Oh well, I was only getting it because Electroplankton was out here and I'll probably save and get the 'Lite' version when I can. I agree with runnin_blue it would be nice to trade it in for a new one...

Benjdude said...

This announcement just a day after a Nintendo manager in the UK announced there was no redesign in the works.

http://gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=14271


Go figure... I guess Nintendo doesn't even tell their subsidiaries everything.

Nintendo fan said...

Gee, thanks for screwing me over Nintendo.

nintendo fan said...

Where is the power button?

robotplague said...

I'm a bit dissapointed with the redesign as well. I was hoping 2 things for the redesign and neither happened:

1. Fix the ergonomics of the design, as it it's uncomfortable for an extended period of time.

2. Move the screens closer together. I'm not sure if that would throw off past games or what, but as is they're too far apart in my opinion.

I'll be getting a redesign either way, it does look sleeker and should be a nice addition. I was just hoping for a different approach.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there is going to be another redesign after this. Maybe not next year, but perhaps a year before the end of the DS. This design, just like the last one, still doesn't fit me. Thank God I have friends that let me borrow their DS, or I would miss all its games.

Anonymous said...

Well you can't really say the DS is ugly anymore. Its pretty sexy now.

IIRC Falafelkid, don't you own Nintendo stocks?? I'm pretty sure you must be very very happy right now how things are going.

Darth Link said...

Hehe, just as I said. I wa right for once, haha! It does resemble the white Apple-ish Revolution.

Toasty said...

Man, I think that looks glorious! I'm glad I stuck through all denials that such a device was in the making and didn't buy a DS yet. I can't wait to get a DS that resembles the Revolution's Style. Color me EXCITED!!

noname224 said...

Where did you get those images? They're not the same size as the ones Nintendo released.

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