New, larger Nintendo DSi confirmed for North America and Europe

Nintendo has confirmed that it will bring a new version of its DSi handheld to North America and Europe next year. This latest model, which I posted about just the other day, boasts bigger screens (4.2″ across the diagonal, though the same number of pixels will be present), and will be known as the Nintendo DSi XL in North America and Europe in extra regions.

Here’s Nintendo with the lowdown on what we can expect:

“The Nintendo DSi XL […] will offer a screen 93% larger than the current Nintendo DS Lite with a better view angle, an additional longer touch screen stylus, and preinstalled Nintendo DSiWare software.”

The pre-installed DSiWare bundled with this will include a pair of Brain Training games and DS Easy Dictionary. When it hits Japan, it will come in three colors: Dark Brown, Natural White, and the rather lovely Wine Red (above).

While nothing has been said about pricing outside Japan, we do know it’ll cost a cool ¥20,000 (US$220) in Nintendo’s homeland, when it releases November 21.

Interestingly, this is aimed at DSi users who want to use their handheld for internet and as a music player. Seriously? Look, I love my DSi to death for its games, but isn’t there about a hojillion portable gadgets that handle internet and music better?

[Via Kotaku]