news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

DS Lite Drops to $99.99


Despite the introduction of the 3DS, Nintendo's newest handheld can't replicate the success that the original DS had during its time on the market. Even after the 3DS launch, the DS is still the portable gaming machine to buy. Now the DS Lite, Nintendo's second generation DS model, will see a price reduction that is sure to catch the attention of gamers on a tight budget who are in need of a replacement.

In a press release from the Big N, it was announced that the DS Lite's price tag would go down from $129.99 to $99.99. $30 is a notable difference, and the less expensive version is a smart buy for gamers still lugging around their first gen DS systems. This sale goes into effect starting June 5 at retailers everywhere.

I've been gaming on my clunky gray DS since 2005, and to this day I am very appreciative to my sister for rewarding my awesome high school achievements with one of the coolest handheld gaming systems ever created. But I think it's time for an upgrade. My poor old DS only lasts about two hours now before the battery dies, so it's time I picked up a DS Lite. $100 sounds pretty affordable, and it should tide me over until the next 3DS model launches. Or at the very least, until I finally cave and buy the current handheld for Ocarina of Time 3D.

Nintendo has also decided to adorn a few Mario games in pretty red boxes. The titles in question are Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Mario Kart DS, Mario Party DS, Mario vs. Donkey: Mini-Land Mayhem!, New Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario 64 DS. According to the manufacturer, this is a move intended to help gamers pinpoint these titles instantly in stores. Of course, given the great quality of these games, is a red box really necessary? Oh, Nintendo, you're so quirky!

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