updated 09:00 am EST, Tue January 11, 2011
Japan retail says Nintendo DSi out as 3DS comes in
Nintendo might phase out the original DSi in favor of the 3DS. A Japanese retailer said it was no longer receiving stock and that some areas had entirely sold out. Only the larger DSi XL was still in production.
The game console creator hadn't had an opportunity to comment. It's also unclear whether any North American or European shops are facing similar draw downs in stock, although stores such as GameStop still show 24-hour availability for DSi models.
A decision to drop the DSi would potentially lead to a price cut on the XL and could see a more obvious difference in Nintendo's lineup, providing either a small, advanced 3DS for modern gamers or a cheaper, bigger system for kids and older adults. Nintendo has already warned that the 3DS can't be used by kids under six years old as their eyes are still developing and could be hurt by the glasses-free 3D. [via Kotaku]