“It is unfortunate for the Nintendo DSi XL. New hardware announcements certainly impacts consumers’ willingness to purchase old hardware that may be “obsolete” in less than a year. But I am sure people plan on not buying the Nintendo DSi XL just as much now as they did yesterday. Gamers have been patiently waiting for an announcement on what will succeed the Nintendo DS. Three years ago I remember seeing people bust out their Nintendo DS at the airport, on trains, waiting in-line. Now recently, I’ve noticed more and more are turning to the iPhone to quench their entertainment thirst. Also, the DS is plagued with piracy, something that Nintendo can barely control. Their only true power-move to stop piracy is to simply start all over again with new hardware. I don’t think its success will come into question. Release a new Mario title, promise us a new Link game is on the way, and dazzle us with Donkey Kong in 3D, and gamers will line-up around the block to buy one.” – EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich

Even if it was a great surprise, I am still wondering why Nintendo announced the 3DS today. Maybe it’s coming out a lot sooner then people think? Maybe Nintendo wanted to help combat all the Sony Move hype? What ever the reason is, I am sure we will see the DSi XL take a hit from this announcement.