Announcing a new handheld a few days before your next one is scheduled to launch doesn’t make a lot of sense, as Nintendo did with the 3DS last week shortly before releasing the DSi XL. But the uncanny maneuver wasn’t planned, it was forced, reports CNBC.
â€œApparently, the Japanese press was all over it and talked with suppliers there and Nintendo just wanted to get out ahead by breaking the news to prevent a leak,â€ says Billy Pigeon, senior analyst with M2 Research. â€œDoes it clash with the DSi XL? Yes it does. But the XL is old news in Japan.”
Great for fans. Not so great for prospective XL sales.