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DSi/DSi XL price drop confirmed

Nintendo slashes handheld prices in US on September 12

Nintendo of America has revealed that it is to slash $20 off the prices of both the DSi and DSi XL on September 12.

From that date, snagging a DSi will set you back $149.99, while the DSi XL will cost $169.99 (down from $169.99 and $189.99 respectively). The regular DS will remain at $129.99.

Nintendo says: "The Nintendo DS family of video game systems is the best-selling in the history of the U.S. and worldwide. The new prices offer consumers tremendous value for their money while providing access to the best portable video game experiences possible."

NOA's smiley sales and marketing boss lady, Cammie Dunaway, adds: "We know shoppers want to get the maximum value out of every dollar they spend. Our new Nintendo DSi prices make it easier than ever for consumers to access the tremendous variety of games, applications and social tools on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems."

This price drop will be introduced just over two weeks ahead of Nintendo's planned announcement for the price and release date of its next handheld, the 3DS. This is expected on September 29.

Rumours have heavily suggested Nintendo will price 3DS at £199.99. Dropping the price of the current hardware could be an effort by Nintendo to free up that $180-$200 price range for the new console.

There's no word on a UK drop as yet.

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