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Costs cuts for pocket portables coming soon.

In a matter of weeks, two popular hand held game consoles will cost about twenty dollars less. Nintendo announced today that it is dropping the price of the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL on September 12. 

press release issued by the Japanese company is offering a suggested retail price of $149.99 for the latest version of the DSi  and $169.99 for the DSi XL system. The suggested retail price for the Nintendo DS Lite will remain at $129.99.  

The video game manufacturer cut Japanese prices for the portable game consoles in June of this year.

"We know shoppers want to get the maximum value out of every dollar they spend," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "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."

Some games available for release soon on Nintendo DS will include
Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs on October 4, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem on November 14 and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn on November 29.

The thriving video game manufacturer has already established itself as an industry leader.   The video game producer reported in early August that the Nintendo Wii surpassed the 30 million sold mark in the U.S. becoming the fastest selling game console in history. Also, Nintendo DS sales through the end of July total more than 42.3 million in the U.S. alone according to the NPD Group.

The innovative gaming company is currently working on another game changer, the Nintendo 3DS, which will feature 3D technology without the need for glasses.

Nintendo is expected to offer up more details about pricing and availability of the 3DS on September 29.

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Uh... Note To Nintendo....
By sapiens74 on 8/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: Uh... Note To Nintendo....
By CZroe on 8/30/2010 3:55:17 PM , Rating: 3
It launched for $150 six years ago. It's held the price for so long and even went UP with the current models specifically because sales have continued at those price points. In other words, it has been priced at what people think it's worth.

RE: Uh... Note To Nintendo....
By belawrence on 8/30/2010 5:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
It already costs way less than a phone - last time I checked Nintendo doesn't charge a minimum $70/month for two years after purchasing a DS(lite, i, xl). Even without that, smartphones unsubsidized run $500+. Also, sorry, real console games require buttons, unless someone can show me how to pull off multi-hit combos in a fighting game on a touchscreen.

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