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Courtesy Engadget
Anxious gamers waited outside in the cold to purchase the Nintendo DS Lite -- only the lucky were able to snag one

The original Nintendo DS game console is already scarce in Japan, but the DS Lite is expected to be in even shorter supply.  Thousands of excited gamers waited in lines all over the country for the Nintendo DS Lite that finally went on sale in Japan several days ago.  Although some stores have it from as low as $140 USD, many Japanese stores are charging around $200 USD for the new hand held gaming device.  Importers in the United States and stores in Hong Kong have already started scalping the price of the DS Lite for around $300 or more.  The only color version currently available is the Crystal White, but the Ice Blue and Enamel Navy should be available in Japan on March 11.

The DS Lite is around 25 percent smaller than the original and also has a more appealing design.  Probably the biggest change that consumers will enjoy is that the new DS has a brightness control instead of the basic switch that turns the backlight on or off.  

Before you consider hopping on an airplane to go and get the new Nintendo DS Lite, let us first warn you that it is already sold out in Japan.  Nintendo reportedly will not be able to make more than 500,000 units in March, so a high demand and low supply should have a ripple effect for months to come.  If you simply can't wait until the unit is available outside of Japan, there are a few models available on Ebay for a hefty price.  Nintendo of America has not set a date on when the DS Lite will be available for consumers in North America.  

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The games.
By Clauzii on 3/3/2006 11:36:31 AM , Rating: 1
It must be the games that sell this thing, ´cause the looks are terrible!!

RE: The games.
By Questar on 3/3/2006 11:44:15 AM , Rating: 2
What other reason could you have for buying a gaming console?

RE: The games.
By tappertrainman on 3/3/2006 12:57:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well duh, everyone buys the PSP for the looks and to show off. Then they go buy a Gameboy or DS to actually play games on while the PSP's batteries are dead.

RE: The games.
By smaddox on 3/3/2006 2:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
The PSP has batteries? I had no idea. Its never died on me before.

Oh, wait, I dont play video games for 4 or more hours straight.

Also, people buy the PSP to play emulators. And GTA.

RE: The games.
By Questar on 3/3/2006 3:34:17 PM , Rating: 2
People with PSP's need to play emulated games because of the number of decent quality games available for the PSP.

Let's see, but a PSP to run emulated Nintendo games, or buy the real thing.

RE: The games.
By PrinceGaz on 3/4/2006 3:54:22 AM , Rating: 2
If emulated games are your thing, the PSP is a poor choice of handheld. The best handheld for emulated games (and almost everything else for that matter) is the GP2X; if you haven't heard of it before ask Google, you may be pleasantly surprised by it.

RE: The games.
By Exodus220 on 3/3/2006 2:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that the DS are pretty ugly. My friend has one and it is not very comfortable. I don't see how it sells so well because I have not played a game that has just held me for long, I don't want to buy a game where I pretend like I am caring for a dog, so what if I can make it sit by talking to it. It has potential but niether the DS or PSP has me sold, especially not the PSP because it is too much for me to afford. I will just use my first generation GameBoy and play some Tetris with my friend using the link cable.

RE: The games.
By arswihart on 3/3/2006 3:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
I think that picture makes it look off-white and I agree it looks like a plastic peice of crap there, but here on IGN's site it looks pretty slick.

Pretty much another white ipod-styled gadget, I like it better than the red and blue we have in the US right now at least.

Was a big line i hear
By tuteja1986 on 3/3/2006 11:37:57 AM , Rating: 2
A dude i chat too online and he lives in japan. he camped out midnight at Akihabara's Yodobashi Camera. the line was huge :! more than 500 people according to him. he bought a DS lite and went home and slept :!

I live in Japan.
By drunkenmastermind on 3/3/2006 5:44:45 PM , Rating: 4
I find that the DS is really popular with the younger children. Also the fact that it has touch screen make for some interesting interaction. Have two screens allows one for displaying the games (which also includes educational software too) and the other for gestural input. But yes it is ugly in my opinion too.

P.S Only idiots camp out for shit.

RE: I live in Japan.
By tuteja1986 on 3/3/2006 8:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
lol :! i think only way anyone would get a PS3 if they camped out all night :!

RE: I live in Japan.
By semo on 3/4/2006 10:03:08 AM , Rating: 3
are there still plans to release the ps3?

RE: I live in Japan.
By Alexvrb on 3/5/2006 1:47:15 AM , Rating: 2
They're redesigning it for the handheld market, to compete with the DSTwo.

Not suprised!
By Mitul89 on 3/4/2006 11:37:08 AM , Rating: 2
I am not suprised that DS:Lite is sold out already. DS has been huge success for nintendo all over the world. It has outsold PSP everywhere in the world. The best part is that the Games on DS are so much better then PSP, and that the wifi on DS is much easier to use then PSP. So many ppl play Mario Kart DS online, its amazing. Although i dont have neither of handheld, i have played both and i say that DS is much better then PSP. PSP doesnt even have that many good games, ppl buy PSP to listen to Music and play emulators. DS is actually a handheld. And yes that picture does look ugly, here are better pics:
and here are pics of ppl waiting in lines:

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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