Then get ready to shake an extra Benjamin out of your wallet, as pre-orders for the Japanese release of the Nintendo DSi currently carry an "import tax" of about one hundred U.S. dollars. Regularly priced at 18,900 yen (a hair over $200 USD) in its home country of Japan, the DSi asking price from reputable import retailers like Play-Asia and YesAsia is currently $299.99. New York import shop NCSX hasn't specified its import price, with the retailer still finalizing with overseas distributors. While the Nintendo DSi isn't planning on landing on these shores "well into 2009," before import fever gets the best of you, we should note that some software for the system will be region locked. If you still must the first kid on your block (or row of cubicles) to have one, we'd suggest waiting just a little bit for demand to taper. But, hey, we know we're not the boss of you.
So now that the PSP is no longer the most expensive handheld on the market, I can't help but wonder what the public's reaction to the DSi will be.
I do recall many complaining that $200 (or close to it) is too much to pay for a handheld...will Nintendo's own DS be immune to the same criticism?