Nintendo DSi XL

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Nintendo DSi XL
DSi XL.png
Type Handheld console
Release date North America March 28 2010
Japan November 21, 2009
Europe March 5, 2010
Australia March 4, 2010
Media Nintendo DS cards,
SD cards
Predecessor Nintendo DSi
Successor Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo DSi XL (known as the Nintendo DSi LL in Japan) is a handheld game console produced by Nintendo and the fourth iteration of the Nintendo DS handheld gaming console, being the direct successor to the Nintendo DSi Nintendo Japan site states that the DSi LL is not a successor to the DSi, but an alternate system and that both systems will sell alongside each other.

Hardware

Specs [1]
DSLite DSi DSI XL
Dimensions 133.0 x 73.9 x 21.5 mm
(5.24 x 2.91 x 0.85 in)
137.0 x 74.9 x 18.9 mm
(5.39 x 2.95 x 0.74 in)
161.0 x 91.4 x 21.2 mm
(6.34 x 3.60 x 0.83 in)
Volume 211 cm3
(12.9 in3)
194 cm3
(11.8 in3)
312 cm3
(19.0 in3)
Mass 218 g 214 g 314 g
Screen 3.0 in 3.25 in 4.2 in

As it is only a minor hardware revision, there is no reason to believe that the resolution will change from 256x192 pixels per screen. The reason for the larger screens is mainly attributed to allowing easier play on games that feature small text and precision gameplay. Another reason, according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, is "to offer a new play style, where those who are surrounding the game player can also join in one way or the other to the gameplay."


The Japanese version will launch in three colors: Wine Red, Dark Brown, and Natural White. No announcements have been made regarding color for any other region.

The DSi XL, like every other DS, includes a stylus that fits into the unit. The DSi XL stylus is 96mm long, just 4mm longer than the stylus on the DSi. The XL also includes a 129.3mm-long pen-shaped stylus, which does not fit inside the console. In addition, for the first time in the DS line, two DS models will share a common AC adapter. The DSi XL will use the same AC adapter as the DSi.

Despite the increased size of the displays, the battery in the DSi XL supposedly outlasts that in the DSi. Nintendo claims 13-17 hours of runtime on the lowest brighness setting, compared to 9-14 on the DSi. On the highest brightness, the DSi XL supposedly lasts 4-5 hours, one hour longer than the range for the DSi.


Software

Preloaded on the internal memory: the DSi Browser, Flipnote Studio, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Meikyou Kokugo Rakubiki Jiten, a dictionary program. Contents for the North American and European releases have yet to be confirmed.

As a DSi, the XL will be able to play DS cartridges, including those designed only for DSi and those enhanced for DSi. It will also be capable of downloading and playing DSiWare. Like the current DSi, there is no slot for Game Boy Advance cartridges.

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