Nintendo Is Still Making Its Most Popular System Ever

Nintendo Is Still Making Its Most Popular System Ever

With the introduction of the Nintendo 2DS to bolster the Nintendo 3DS line-up, it seems that the days of the Nintendo DS could be drawing to a close. But it turns out Nintendo still makes a couple of models of the hardware. You just might not see them in your neck of the woods.

"There are retailers that continue to carry [the] DSi and DSi XL today," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told me during a phone interview earlier this week. "Typically you'll be able to find more DSi XL [units] out in the marketplace. And typically that product will be priced at $US99."

Fils-Aime made it clear that stores aren't simply selling through existing DS stock. Nintendo still makes the last-gen handheld.

"We do continue to manufacture and to sell out to retail [the] DSi XL," Fils-Aime said, referring to the plus-sized final iteration of the DS hardware. The DSi XL was first released in Japan in late 2009 and then in America, Europe and Australia the year after.

Nintendo Is Still Making Its Most Popular System Ever

The DSi preceded the DSi XL and was released in 2008 in Japan and then in North America, Europe and Australia in 2009. It was Nintendo's first online handheld and also the first version of the DS line to exclude a port for playing Game Boy Advance games.

"We also continue to manufacture and ship DSi to just a handful of US retailers but more broadly throughout Latin America," Fils-Aime said.

The Nintendo DS launched in late 2004 and was followed by the Nintendo DS Lite in 2006. Both machines were hits, helping the DS line sell around 154 million units to date, making it easily the best-selling dedicated handheld of all time. Various news reports put the PlayStation 2's sales as high as 155 million, but otherwise no gaming machine has outperformed the mighty DS.

Nintendo Is Still Making Its Most Popular System Ever

If the DSi and DSi XL are the only DS units that Nintendo still makes then that means that Nintendo no longer manufactures machines that can play GBA games.

The Nintendo 3DS and 2DS both play DS games, so even if the DS hardware is slowly fading away, the DS software line-up is still relevant. If you never played a DS game but are interested, please check out this list of our 12 favourite DS games.


    I'm surprised they didn't take the chance to cut the product now they have a budget designed version of hardware that plays all of their currently supported handheld games.

      I get the impression they slowly phase it out so they can flog off games on the eShop.

      They'll be no DS backward compatability before too long :(

    Wait, DS phat had online connectivity.

      DSLite did too, just you had to use no security (or WEP, which is basically no security) for your wi-fi to use it. It wasn't really worth it for anything though...

        I downloaded extra quests & items in Dragin Quest IX.

        I believe there was quite a bit of Pokemon & Mario Kart online multi happening too.

          Mario kart and shoen jump ultra stars got a lot if online love from me

    What list of 12 favourite DS games..? I want to read the list :(

      It's probably nowhere near as good as the list of games Scree gave to Shane anyway.

    They'll keep making them for years to come, I suspect. Third World countries are way behind us in terms of technological uptake (understandably), and there's definitely a market for what we consider "last gen" platforms. There's no shortage of people in this world for whom the original DS is still an affordable and current platform.

    Where as this list ever one keeps talking about?

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