DS Lite now costs $99.99

Let us now praise the Nintendo DS Lite, which replicated everything the original DS did right (touch-screen, internal battery, ability to play GBA and DS games) and rectified everything it did wrong (looked more like an iPod and less like a, “handheld” for people smaller than Andre the Giant, playable in target audience's preferred location of “indoors”). While the plucky little machine managed to hold its own against the PSP, it's finally been technologically outclassed by its own 3D successor. But a new price drop to $99.99 means the DSL gets to make headlines once more.

If you wanted to make a value-call out of this, there are a few different routes you might go: get a 3DS and access a growing 3DS library, or get a DS Lite and wallow for years in a huge and minimally-priced GBA back-catalog. Pay $250 for an impressive three dimensions or content yourself with two dimensions for just under $100 – each dimension stinging you less than $50, which is a lot better than the 3DS' asking price of $83 per dimension. (Both consoles include a clock, which is technically throwing in a whole other dimension gratis).

Nintendo, too, hopes that while 3DS will bring in the high-rollers, others will be tempted by the older machine at a lower price: “This new price point will introduce Nintendo DS Lite to even more consumers, and the new red packaging will make it easy for them to find their favorite Mario titles,” explained Reggie Fils-Aime, referring to the red boxes slapped on the otherwise-unchanged Mario titles seen above, which arguably form the backbone of the console's non-Horsez line of titles.

If you're not a DS owner, does this price drop have you considering one? What would Nintendo have to do to twist your arm?

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