Nintendo’s latest addition to the DS line has finally been given a release date in Europe and, surprisingly enough, it looks as though it’ll be before the US release date.
As a rule, games consoles tend to hit Europe last, though after the fairly furious backlash from Sony’s PlayStation Portable launch delay over here, it seems that the effort is being made to ensure that Europe gets hardware in a timelier fashion than once we did. Now, it seems that Nintendo will reverse the trend, offering it’s the new, bigger version of its DS hardware in Europe from March onward, though there’s no real detail on the US release date (which has been tentatively penned in as “Q1.”
The new hardware itself is a move in the opposite direction compared to most other electronics. The DS LL as it’s known in Japan is a far bigger device than its brothers, boasting two 4.2” displays (the lower one, of course, touch-sensitive), at nearly double the size of those on the original DS Lite.
While many have been more than a little shocked by the fact that the device is so much bigger, the fact is that the newest addition to the DS range seems to have been made with the elderly in mind, a market that Nintendo has been phenomenally successful with in just about every region it sells the DS. It’s relatively simple, but the increased screen size and the move to a styles that’s built far more like a pen will help cement the DS as a solid choice for older gamers.
If nothing else, it’s a charming piece of hardware, and the range of vaguely muted colours its available in only manage to make it a little more grown up than the other DSes.