Many people were disappointed that the next addition to the DS family, the DSi, would not be launching in the West any time soon. According to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, the new handheld wouldn’t be arriving in North America until “well into 2009.” The DSi was released in Japan yesterday, and since then many gamers have been salivating (or screaming) over screenshots and impressions. Well, here is something else to whet your appetites: that 2009 release date just a got a little bit clearer. Speaking to Reuters, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata indicated that the new handheld would arrive no later than next summer.
“Specific plans will be unveiled by our local subsidiaries, but an autumn or year-end launch would probably be too late,” he said. That certainly sounds like summer to us. Not that long we suppose, but the DSi doesn’t really appeal to us that much, at least until some interesting IPs are announced. Is this news going to stop any of you from importing?