October 27, 2009

Nintendo Planning New DSi Model With Larger Screen?

Just six months after its initial release, Nintendo's DSi may already be preparing for an improved facelift.

According to the Nikkei business daily, Nintendo Co could be preparing to launch a new DSi model that will feature a larger screen for elderly users.

The new model will cost about the same as its predecessor, 18,900 yen ($200), but it will feature a screen that is at least double the current size of 3.25 inches.

The handheld console saw large demand after its initial introduction about a year ago, but monthly sales have since dropped to one third of their peak levels, Nikkei reported.

"Nintendo is under pressure from iPhone and iTouch," KBC Securities analyst Hiroshi Kamide told Reuters, adding that a larger screen "does not count for much," and the console would need to also improve its graphics to become a major contender.

Also, the company has plans to introduce a new DSi model with improved anti-piracy features in China and South Korea by March 2010.

A Nintendo spokesperson said reports of a new larger screen DSi model were only "speculation."


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