With bigger screens and a new pen-like stylus, the DSi XL is basically the bigger younger brother/sister to the DSi. Is it for the older crowd? Some seem to think so, but Nintendo is insisting that it isn’t.
“It’s absolutely not [just for old people]. DSi XL appeals to as many people, if not more, than its predecessors,” said James Honeywell, DS product manager in an interview with CVG.
“With bigger screens and a larger pen-like stylus it’s likely that older users may find the DSi XL easier and more comfortable to use but there are many more people it can and will appeal to,” he continued. Gamers will undoubtedly appreciate the bigger screens so they can experience their favorite and the latest DS titles bigger and in a greater level of detail than ever before.
“We certainly know that a lot of families who play DS together will enjoy the wider viewing angle the DSi XL allows so they can play together at home and the fact the bigger stylus is less likely to get lost down the back of the sofa is another bonus for them.”
I have small hands and they do get cramped when playing my DSi for long periods of time, so I’m considering getting one of these. I still think they aren’t even needed, but kudos to Nintendo for trying to bring in consumers of all types to gaming by tweaking a nice hand held system.
(And, for the record, I’m a little proud that I’ve never lost a stylus nor have I had to buy any extras to keep around.)