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DS Lite Launches June 23rd In EU 50

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Gamespot reports that the DS Lite will be launching on June 23rd in Europe. From the article: "Nintendo has announced that the DS Lite will be available in Europe from June 23 at an estimated retail price of £99.99 , inclusive of VAT, in the UK, and 149.99 in Europe. The console will be available in both white and black, with the latter colour exclusive to the territory."
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DS Lite Launches June 23rd In EU

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  • by MoonBuggy (611105) on Monday May 22, 2006 @07:06PM (#15384361) Journal
    I said it about the PS3 and I'll say it again, why is it 150euro or US$130? Currency converter says that's US$190, almost exactly a 50% price increase. You can't even blame taxes, they vary from country to country but the price is fixed within the region. Why do they do this to us?
  • The exclusive colours thing has always mystified me. Nintendo has always been particularly bad about it, releasing a console in some colours in one location, in other colours in a different location, and then once you buy one, they finally release it in the colour you actually want.
    I have an original Nintendo DS, but I am considering getting a DS Lite because the original is a little bulky, but I will be rather irritated if I break down and buy one in a colour that I don't really care much for, only to ha
    • I had the same thought on the GBA-SP. I got mine in black, which is a fine color. Then they released one with an NES controller theme. Curse them!

      Unfortunately, I feel like I have to write it off as a gimmic.
    • A while back you had the whole PSP vs DS debate and the PSP was being slammed for being so big. But owning a DS Lite (dark blue from HK) the thing is only a few centimeters shorter then the PSP (width and depth being the same). Wich must mean the DS is the same size if not actually larger then the PSP. Especially considering the DS Lite can't fit GBA catridges all the way. They stick out a full centimeter.

      So how fucking big is the original DS anyway? And why did everybody claim the PSP was to large?

      Heavy

      • I do not personally own a PSP, but I've seen them (actually, I've only ever seen 1 person who owned one, and that person worked at Gamestop and had pretty much everything because he got a nice employee discount), and they do look larger than the DS. The size of the PSP aside, the DS is definitely bulky. I got mine soon after they were released because at the time I had a family member who was in the hospital and I was spending around 15 hours a week at the hospital. I occasionally take it with me to scho
      • by timster (32400) on Monday May 22, 2006 @10:06PM (#15384990)
        PSP: 170x74x23 (mm), 289cm3
        DS: 149x85x29, 367cm3
        DS Lite: 133x74x22, 217cm3

        The PSP, I think, is criticized for size because it has the largest single dimension of any of the handhelds, and that makes it look larger visually. I suspect also that the hinged aspect of the DS makes its width seem more appropriate, whereas the PSP, though thinner, seems like a solid thick brick.
        • Yeah could be. It is just that when you hold them against each other they seem awfully close (DS Lite and PSP) except the DS is shorter, and a lot lighter.

          But you also added the volme and then the DS really looses doesn't it.

          I just find it funny then that the PSP got slammed for size and the DS did not. Hinged or not it shows you how prejudiced people can be.

          Here is another shocker, the Wii is cheap at 249 estimated price point.

          Oh really? Put a PC together of similar hardware, account for bulk discount

          • I just find it funny then that the PSP got slammed for size and the DS did not. Hinged or not it shows you how prejudiced people can be.

            I think there are two issues at work relating to this "prejudice." The first is that the DS has two LCDs and one of them is a touchscreen. While the PSP has a much larger screen, people will still still forgive a bigger size when they get two of them. The second issue is that the DS has more good games. The PSP gets cut no slack on any issue because there are so few
          • Actually, isn't Nintendo the only current console maker that actually does make money on their consoles right from the start?
          • Actually, I recalled people complaining more about the battery life, the usage of discs, and the lack of games for the PSP, rather than the size. The only issue with size is comparing the Gameboy SP to the PSP. In that case, I heard people complaining about the DS too.

            With regards to the price point of the Wii. Well, the price point is actually at $199.99 (most likely), AND the fact is that you call it "not configurable to user specification", but it's actually customized for a specific purpose.

            So f

      • by LKM (227954) on Tuesday May 23, 2006 @04:00AM (#15385451) Homepage
        So how fucking big is the original DS anyway? And why did everybody claim the PSP was to large?

        Simple. I can fit a DS in my trouser pocket (barely, but I can, it's about the size of the original GBA). I can't fit a PSP in my trouser pocket (it's simply too long), especially if you consider that you need to add some screen cover or a bag or something to protect the otherwise unprotected screen.

        So a closed DS is quite a bit more compact than a PSP with a screen protector added.

    • I can empathise. I'd like a DS Lite but I don't want a white one (too much like an iPod) and don't much want a black one (attracting fingerprints like nobody's business). I'd really like a blue one like Japan got (and possibly the USA, not sure) but no, we get black and white. It's hard to complain though - it's coming out months earlier than most people expected.
  • Australian date (Score:2, Interesting)

    Apparently the Australian date for the DS Lite is June 1st, which is very odd as that's before the US release.
    • Yes for once we don't get screwed on a release date!! I'll be picking mine up next week ;)
    • Apparently the Australian date for the DS Lite is June 1st, which is very odd as that's before the US release.

      You Aussies always forget about the conversion rate; June 1st for you is mid-September for us. And don't get me started about how you always have your seasons backwards.

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