Nintendo DSi XL, For the Elder Gamer

By  |  Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm

dsillOccasionally, I wonder how I’ll continue playing video games as I get older. My hands will probably slow down, and my vision could fade, but until now I never figured console makers would release hardware specifically to accommodate the aging gamer.

That’s what Nintendo appears to be doing with the DSi XL, a larger version of the Nintendo DSi that was released in April. Compared to the original DSi’s 3.25-inch displays, the XL will have 4.2-inch screens, plus a fatter stylus. Kotaku got word that the portable games machine, which will be called the DSi LL in Japan, will arrive in North America and Europe early next year.

Before Nintendo announced the DSi XL, rumors suggested that the device was a response to older gamers’ requests, though Nintendo isn’t stressing this outright — to a fault, as some writers are missing the point of what the DSi XL is about. Make no mistake, the DSi XL, whose screen resolution is the same as its predecessor, is intended for elderly gamers who need the boost, and are willing to sacrifice some portability to get it.

That’s a big deal, because it means Nintendo views the aging video game enthusiast as a market worth catering to. This hobby started as a diversion for the young, but there’s starting to be a demographic that got hooked on arcades, but is now old enough to start needing bigger screens and finger-friendly peripherals. The rest of the games industry should be proud of what’s happening here and figuring out whether they ought to replicate it.

As for the young, I’m sure there are some who will covet the DSi XL. I’ve been using my iPhone for gaming a lot lately, and having revisited the DSi to play Scribblenauts, I was taken aback by how small the screens seem in comparison. But I’m not going to complain about how this console update is too soon after the original DSi. If anything, it didn’t come soon enough.

 
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  1. Phin Says:

    I wonder if Nintendo have an eye on the e-book market?

  2. Tech Says:

    It’s about time they made it a little easier to use. The screen on the DSi is tiny.

  3. Enjoyable Says:

    Yes. When the display size is bigger.

    May be it will suitable to read e-book on the DSi XL.

  4. Jeff Says:

    I think it is to soon to be making this but it is for the elderly…But I think some old person in Japan probably was sick and the make a wish foundation to get nintendo to make a better dsi!….It probably did’nt happen but there are always possibuilities!I just want to know when it is comming out in the us and how much it is I am not old but the bigger screen is ssssssssssssssssoooooooooooooooooooo tempting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Reuben Gathright ~ Concerned Parent Says:

    For the elderly?

    Really? You never wished that Meteos or Ninjatown could be a little larger?

    Did you see all the new games coming out in March 2010 with the Nintendo DSi XL?
    http://www.epinions.com/content_5385330820

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