The Nintendo DSi may be coming to the US sooner than you think. IGN has cited three independent sources close to Nintendo (sources were not names) who claim Nintendo of America plans to ship its new handheld to the states as soon as April 4, 2009. It also claims the DSi will be available for $179.99, about $50 more than the current DS Lite.
This, however, is only a rumor since Nintendo has not yet confirmed this information. When IGN contacted Nintendo, the company naturally refused to comment on rumors or speculation. Regardless, IGN trusts its sources but still leaves the status as “rumor.”
In Japan, where the DSi has already been released, it’s shown that the new handheld is doing very well, even better then it’s predecessor the DS Lite. Nintendo plans to sell the DSi alongside the DS Lite when it comes to America, which means Nintendo needs to really point out the differences in the two handhelds in order to get sales.
Nintendo told IGN last October (2008) that it felt it wasn’t necessary to release the new handheld in America in 2008 because the DS Lite was already selling so well.
If IGN’s sources are correct and the system will reach us as early as April 2009, the best time for Nintendo to officially announce this information would be the upcoming Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, starting on March 23, 2009.