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  • DS Lite in May? April? June?

    Source: Two sources employed at retailers, numerous reports around the Web, and just about everyone waiting for New Super Mario Bros.

    The official story: Nintendo was unavailable for comment as of press time.

    What we heard: The next big thing for the US from Nintendo isn't the Revolution. It's the DS Lite, which has sold like hotcakes (or the Japanese equivalent) in Nintendo's home country. The redesigned portable is coming to North America--that bit of info we do know. What we don't know is when it will be in stores.

    One reliable source who works at a popular game retailer told GameSpot News that a company sales contest is being held this month, and the stores with the best numbers would receive DS Lites as prizes. According to an internal company Web page, the portables would be handed out in late April, possibly indicating that the machine would be available by then.

    Another source who works for a different large retail chain notified GameSpot News that a Nintendo rep said that the DS Lite would be available in June. When the rep was asked repeatedly about the date, he assured the source that the date was in fact true.

    The most compelling bit of evidence points toward yet another date. New Super Mario Bros. is one of Nintendo's highest-profile DS games set for release between now and the all-important holiday season. The game's scheduled debut has bounced around May, going from May 7 to May 15 to May 21 and back to May 15. Normally, games that need more time in development don't get delayed by just one week--just look at the delay of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

    What does this have to do with the DS Lite? One possible reason for New Super Mario Bros.' shuffling release date is because Nintendo is planning to ship the game simultaneously with the redesigned handheld, possibly bundling the two together. Given the DS Lite's problems meeting demand in Japan and the flack that Microsoft took over Xbox 360 shortages in America, Nintendo wants to make sure the DS Lite gets off the ground in the US without a hitch.

    Production of DS Lites for American audiences is no doubt underway, and Nintendo likely has an idea of how many units it wants to make available on day one. New Super Mario Bros.' wavering release date makes sense then, as an extra week or two of trotting out DSes on assembly lines can easily make the difference in supply.

    So which is it? We're leaning heavily toward the mid-May period. If it were coming out in April, it would likely already have been announced. A June release would put further distance between the Japanese and US launches, something Nintendo has cut down on recently. Besides, a mid-May launch would give the company something to hype at E3 while it dodges revealing information about the Revolution. Just kidding.

    Bogus or not bogus?: Apologies to our sources, but we're saying mid-May looks not bogus. Playing industry analyst, we'll say we're right simply because the move makes sense.

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    new sources saying it will drop in May along with the New Super Mario Bros. I hope they come as a bundle.
    One convienient location...... somewhere in Africa.

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    • #3
      I'd say late may with New Super Mario DS...doubtful it'll be a bundle pack though, but never know. This is way some people are believing that NSMB has been pushed back a couple of weeks from it's orginal release date. if not late may, then June.
      "Fuck other people's thoughts. You don't need them. They're not yours for a reason. Believe what you want for a reason and tell everyone else to fuck off."-my brother.

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      • #4
        a bundle will kick ass, side by side release will also kick ass

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