May 18th, 2006, 20:41 Posted By: wraggster
After getting hold of our Japanese DS Lites two months ago, we can't imagine ever going back to the plastic monstrosity that is the original Nintendo DS. Most of the time we're so fixated with the DS Lite's luscious sheen, that we forget most inhabitants of good old Blighty are still deprived of this sexy white (and navy) handheld.
We've long pegged a late June launch for the DS Lite over here in the UK and Europe, with our own sources - and wider developments - suggesting that the DS will likely debut in the latter weeks of that month.
Further credence to this theory has arrived courtesy of French website Puissance Nintendo, who are pointing to June 23 launch in Europe. Furthermore, the website claims that, as in the US, the European Lite will initially only be available Crystal White, at a handsome price of 150 EUR (about 101.63 GBP - although don't expect that price tag in stores, obviously).
Advertisement:Puissance Nintendo also offers a selection of DS Lite 'lifestyle' posters for the European marketing campaign - dotted around this page for your entertainment and hilarity.
While this date and info are by no means official information, they certainly add a deal of weight to our own theories - as does the fact that New Super Mario Bros. (an ideal launch companion, wouldn't you say?) comes out a week after that supposed June 23 date.
Further more, big June/July releases Brain Training and Big Brain Academy both have DS Lites proudly displayed on their boxes, suggesting that the redesigned handheld will be released sometime around this educational pair.
When we picked up the phone and gave Nintendo a call, it was unavailable for comment. So, for now, we'll just have to do some of that old wait-and-see until the company deigns it time to reveal all.
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