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Nintendo DSi LL suffers indignity of teardown

Nintendo DSi LL suffers indignity of teardown

We've marvelled at the prodigious size of the Nintendo DSi LL, freshly released in Japan this past weekend, but PC Watch took things one step further and broke open their gaming handheld.  Their teardown does sadly confirm that Nintendo didn't take advantage of the extra room to squeeze in anything especially exciting.

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Nintendo DSi LL sized-up with PSP-3000: it’s vast!

Nintendo DSi LL sized-up with PSP-3000: it’s vast!

Nintendo's DSi LL hit Japanese shelves this weekend, and we hope those who braved the stores to pick up the new, oversized handheld had been doing their arm exercises; as Game Watch's comparison photos show, the "LL" moniker isn't just there for show.  Shown here next to a Sony PSP-3000, the DSi LL looks, frankly, huge.

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Tegra 2 confirmed for next-gen Nintendo DS say sources

Tegra 2 confirmed for next-gen Nintendo DS say sources

It's almost as much fun speculating about new gaming hardware as it is playing on current-gen consoles, so color us intrigued at DigitalFoundry's "credible sources" who are saying that the next-gen Nintendo DS will run NVIDIA's Tegra 2 and that it's "not unrealistic" that the handheld will out-grunt the current Nintendo Wii.  Problem is, Sony's next-gen PSP2 has also seen a few spilled details, and that's looking even more impressive: think along the lines of potential GPU power in-between the original Xbox and the Xbox 360.

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Nintendo next-gen DS could have free integrated 3G

Nintendo next-gen DS could have free integrated 3G

Nintendo may be facing a surprise dip in profits but they're not resting on their laurels.  The larger-screen Nintendo DSi LL (aka the DSi XL when it lands in the US and Europe in Q1 2010) is one such attack, but according to the Financial Times the gaming company are also considering adding integrated, contract-free 3G to their next-gen DS.

Nintendo DSi LL size comparison video with DSi & DS Lite

Nintendo DSi LL size comparison video with DSi & DS Lite

We already know that US and European gamers will have to wait until early next year before they can pick up a new Nintendo DSi XL, but with the Japanese launch of the DSi LL imminent the handheld has already had its first TV appearance.  In the video you can see after the cut, TV Osaka demonstrate the new DSi LL and compare it against the existing Nintendo DSi.  The outcome?  Yep, it's bigger.

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Nintendo DSi XL confirmed for US & Europe in Q1 2010

Nintendo DSi XL confirmed for US & Europe in Q1 2010

Nintendo have confirmed that the DSi XL (aka the DSi LL in Japan) will launch in the US and across Europe come Q1 2010, just as we predicted earlier this week.  The company's UK arm had already confirmed that the console - which has larger, 4.25-inch displays than the DSi - would arrive in the UK on that timescale.

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