Nintendo DS goes Lite

Consoles are always loath to admit that they’ve been dieting, but Nintendo has finally revealed a new slimline version of its DS handheld in Japan. As

Consoles are always loath to admit that they’ve been dieting, but Nintendo has finally revealed a new slimline version of its DS handheld in Japan.

As the name suggests, the DS Lite has shed some pounds in weight, but gained a few in price. It must have had one hell of a strict personal trainer, though – it’s lost over 20% of its body mass, and an incredible 40% of its dimensions.

The good news is that this hasn’t come at the expense of any functionality – it still sports the same two screens, and Wi-Fi for multiplayer Mario Kart duals. There’s even a new white coat of paint and a PSP-esque adjustable brightness setting to help you on long Eurotunnel journeys. Optimistic hopes for VoIP functionality, though, appear to have been dashed.

The DS Lite will be shipping in Japan in March for 16,800 Yen (£80), which is slightly higher than its current price in the Far East. Although a UK release is by no means imminent, a Ninty spokesperson told us that news of the Lite’s European launch is expected early next week.

We will, of course, furnish you with updates as they happen – until then, more info on the DS, but not the Lite, can be found at www.nintendo.com.