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Monday, June 12, 2006

People are Crazy for DS Lite

Its true folks. The entire town I'm in was out of lites in about 15 minutes after them going on sale. Mind you, its not a very big town either. Its good to see people fanatically supporting Nintendo.

Heres a press release:

NEW YORK, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nintendo World store in New Yorkbecame the site of a feeding frenzy of video game fans late Saturday as thefirst Nintendo DS(TM) Lite systems went on sale. The lighter, brighterversions of Nintendo DS(TM) attracted hundreds of loyal Nintendo fans,including some who lined up as early as noon on Saturday to buy the system,which went on sale at the stroke of midnight early Sunday morning. Onehard- core fan even left a wedding party early and joined the line stillwearing his tuxedo. Those who arrived early were rewarded for their devotion. The first 100people in line who bought a Nintendo DS Lite received a free carrying caseand a copy of the top-selling Brain Age(TM): Train Your Brain in Minutes aDay. Some fans arrived dressed as their favorite Nintendo characters, whichadded to the atmosphere of fun and community. Many people brought alongtheir original Nintendo DS systems and engaged in collegial wireless gamematches. The event kicked off Nintendo's "Summer of Lite," a season-longcelebration of the hot new DS Lite hardware. Nintendo DS Lite is less than two-thirds the size of the original andmore than 20 percent lighter. Users can adjust its luminous screens to fourdifferent brightness settings for picture-perfect game play in any lightsetting. It is priced as low as $129.99 at retailers throughout the UnitedStates, and it comes in stylish Polar White with a raised DS logo on thecover.

It is looking just as bad as Japan folks. Retailers are going to have a tough time keeping this one on the shelves.

How did any of you fare in getting your lite? Sucess, failure? Leave a comment.


At 6:15 PM, Anonymous zort said...

the ds lite will be available here in europe on the 23th of this month so here you can't get one either but not due to beging sold out (yet). I really hope to get one the day it's released although it'll cost 150€ here (which is about 190USD) which I think is way too much and I wonder how they justify that price. uuh, yeah I think that's all for now. bye

ps: keep up the good work; your blog is great!

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Invisible said...

Thanks! Best of luck to you. I'm not sure what the demand for lites is over in Europe myself, but from what I've seen here, you'll need to be there at the stores opening to grab yourself one.

At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grimes, I gotta say I'm impressed. youve managed to keep up withthe facts fast as all heck. Keep up the good work, I check youre site before gamefaqs now :P
P.S: Jeesh, europeans read this? Wow, talk about a diverse fanbase.

At 7:50 PM, Blogger Invisible said...


At 4:42 PM, Anonymous KuzureShadow said...

Although I'm probably not going to buy a DS Lite, (but considering it), I hav e to make a comment to the anonymous guy there, of course we europeans read this! It would be a waste not to wacth this site carefully, it's great!

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Invisible said...

This is the kind of feedback I've been craving actually. Good or bad. Everything helps to improve content. Since there are so many readers from Europe about, I'll have to step up the coverage for you guys too!


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