In a somewhat puzzling move, Nintendo has announced that it will bring a new color of the DSi XL to the US, in spite of the fact that the system has been the slowest-selling Nintendo handheld in years.
The DSi XL takes the reverse approach to most electronic redesigns in that it is actually bulkier than the previous DSi system - it's about 40% bigger.
The market in Japan showed desire for such a system, but in the US there was significantly less interest, so the US release kind of felt like an afterthought.
So it is interesting that Nintendo is expending resources to bring a new model of the XL to the US. Although sales figures do not break down DS sales between the Lite, DSi, and XL models, it is widely assumed that XL sales are very low, on the same kind of level as Sony's PSPgo compared to the PSP-3000 system.
The new Midnight Blue DSi XL will be available as of July 11, for the same $190 price point as the existing Bronze and Burgundy models.