DS Lite gets price and date

The DS Lite now has an official launch date and a price: in the US, at least.Nintendo’s slimmed-down handheld gamer – it’s 20 per cent lighter and 40

The DS Lite now has an official launch date and a price: in the US, at least.

Nintendo’s slimmed-down handheld gamer – it’s 20 per cent lighter and 40 per cent smaller than the old DS – will cost $130 and hit shops on 11th June. That’s a whole lot cheaper than expected, with many – us included – expecting it to cost nearer the PSP’s $200 US price.

What, then, of the UK version? Well, if you just can’t wait to lug the new skinny DS around town, you can still buy one on eBay for £135 right now. For news of the official UK street date and price, our sources suggest details will be forthcoming at LA’s huge games show E3 next week.

All we know for certain is it’ll go on sale later than the US version. Our man in the know, Tom Dunmore, will be jetting out for the gaming jamboree, so you’ll be the first to hear if Nintendo does announce a UK launch.

The new console will be accompanied by some foxy new titles. The best one we’ve played is Metroid Prime Hunters, which builds on the original’s smart control system and simple shooter gameplay. Also in the bag are Tetris DS – which is out now and a tad crap – and May 26th’s Super Princess Peach, a modern day Super Mario. Think Mario with a dress, brolly and four special powers that allow him to fly, paralyse enemies and more.

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