On the Nintendo DS Lite vs. DSi

By Mir
April 23, 2009

I’ve had quite a few of you write in to ask me where to find a great deal on a Nintendo DS Lite now that Nintendo has finally debuted the much-touted DSi. And I mailed each of you back to say, “Oh, the prices are going to drop, I just know it! Post coming soon!” And then I never did write that post.

Because the prices still haven’t dropped. Ummm. Hello? Nintendo? $130 is still kind of steep for a toy my kid may well drop in the toilet. I’m just sayin’.

So I went hunting around, and I came across this excellent explanation of why the DS Lite prices aren’t likely to take a universal dip any time soon. Which means that we’re looking at going all the way until next holiday season before we see any great deals, most likely.

And that kind of stinks. I’ll keep an eye out, though, and let you know if anything changes.


  1. Hi Mir,

    Thanks for this post. My daughter loves her DS Lite but thinks she should have a DSi (I think because they come in her favorite color – light blue). I’ve been trying to figure out what the big deal is with the DSi and now that I’ve read the post you linked to, I realize that there is no big deal with it. Thanks, as always, for the great information!

  2. My boys keep asking for DS and I thought the price would go down with a new version out there. Buying two DS Lites is a lot of money, especially, as you pointed out, it may end up in the toilet. Or more likely, left out in the rain or on the grass for the sprinklers to douse.

  3. My kids want one (each), so I’m patiently waiting for the price to go down. But since the PS2 prices JUST went down and the PS3 has been out over a year (I think?), it’s likely going to be a while.

  4. If there is a gamestop near you they often sell used DS Lite’s for under $100.

  5. Hey guys…just wanted to let you know that if you want to upgrade from DS lite to the new DSi, Game Stop has a $70 trade in value for the DS lite. That makes it a little more palitable. My 9 yr. old wants a DSi, so his little brother told him he would buy his old Lite for $70 (instead of him trading it in) and then Ethan only has to come up with $100. Then they both will have something. Oh yeah…I AM that mean…I make my kids buy their own really ridiculously priced electronics. They are much less likely to get dropped in the toilet or rolled up with clothes and put in the washing machine that way!! Win, Win situation!

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