With the recent release of Nintendo 3DS, it’s no surprise that the older DS Lite is getting a price drop. On June 5, Nintendo will drop the DS Lite’s suggested price from $129.99 to $99.99.
A month ago, a leaked memo indicated Nintendo would soon be ending production of DS Lite units. Not only does Nintendo offer the new 3D-enabled 3DS, but the company also has the DSi and DSi XL for those not wanting to play in 3D. Nintendo said the DS hardware family is the best-selling video game console of all time, with more than 48 million units sold in the U.S. alone.
“From the moment it launched, Nintendo DS Lite hit a sweet spot for consumers in terms of value, experience and fun,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. “This new price point will introduce Nintendo DS Lite to even more consumers.”
The announcement is slightly frustrating for me because less than a month ago I purchased a new DS Lite. The DS Lite is the only version of the DS still available that plays both DS and Game Boy Advance cartridges, and there are quite a few classic GBA titles I’d like to play that aren’t offered for the DS.
Does the price drop interest you in a DS Lite or are you perhaps considering picking up a 3DS?
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