Nintendo Still Manufacturing DSi for Latin America

August 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

With Nintendo trying to shore up its 3DS units sales numbers with a cheaper and non-3D 2DS hand-held (announced this week), you would think that the company was pretty much done manufacturing older systems like the DSi and DSi XL... but you'd be wrong. Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told the publication that the company still makes the aging hand-held because there's still a demand for it in America and other regions in the world, but the bulk of new DSi systems are heading to Latin America.

"We do continue to manufacture and to sell out to retail [the] DSi XL," Fils-Aime told Kotaku. "We also continue to manufacture and ship DSi to just a handful of U.S. retailers but more broadly throughout Latin America."

The DSi XL was released in Japan at the end of 2009 and the rest of the world a year later. While it is interesting that Nintendo still makes these systems for markets outside of Japan, Kotaku points out one sad fact: unlike the original DS, the latter version of the hand-held ditched the ability to play Gameboy Advance games. Basically that means that Nintendo no longer manufactures a device that can play them. Yes, that is a sad fact, but all things must come to an end.

Source: Kotaku


Re: Nintendo Still Manufacturing DSi for Latin America

Nothing particularly new, Sega (albeit through a licensor) continued to manufacture its consoles for the Brazilian market for ages after the rest of the world dropped them- and EA bought last year's FIFA out on PS2 purely for the market.


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