DSi LL may have a big screen, but the footsteps it has to follow are pretty big as well. DS Lite was a sensation in Japan. DSi continues to top the weekly sales charts now a year after its release. Can Nintendo achieve similar success with the third revision of the DS platform?
The DSi LL launch this Saturday was closer in frenzy level to DSi rather than the DS Lite. In addition to a good amount of the DS social phenomenon having died down (the system has long since outsold the PS2), many retailers were open to pre-orders for LL, eliminating the need to line up on the first day of a three day weekend (Monday was a holiday in Japan).
But moderate lines did form at a few major shops in the Tokyo area. Famitsu.com and Impress Watch reported back from the line scenes in Akihabara and Ikebukuro. A line of between 50 and 60 formed at Akihabara's multistory Yodobashi Camera electronics shop prior to opening. This figure climbed to over 100 post opening. A major Bic Camera electronics shop in Ikebukuro saw a tamer line of around 20, reaching 60 ahead of the shop's opening time. The difference between these two shops is that Yodobashi had a no pre-order policy in place, while Bic had been accepting pre-orders for weeks.
if this don't scream of nintnedo wanting older ages playing their handhelds then I don't know why for a large size.