By Claire Reilly

SYDNEY, NSW: Nintendo has today announced that, from June 30 2011, it will be reducing the price of its Nintendo DSi and DSi XL gaming systems.

The DSi will be available for RRP $199.95, down from $249.95, while the DSi XL will be reduced from $299.95 to RRP $249.95.

Since the original release of the Nintendo DS in 2005, the range has sold over 3.1 million units (including the earlier DS and DS Lite models) according to a Nintendo spokesperson.

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Today’s news follows an announcement on May 23 that the Nintendo Wii gaming console was dropping from a price of $299.95 to RRP $199.95, and would be bundled with Nintendo’s famous Mario Kart Wii game (which was previously available separately for RRP $99.95).

The Wii price reduction was met with speculation that Nintendo was soon to be releasing an updated console. Sure enough, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on June 7, Nintendo showed off a prototype of the new Wii U console – a handheld device that combined traditional button controls with a large touch-screen display, and that can be used in conjunction with TV gaming, or as an independent device.

EB Games Australia’s online store has listed the device (available for pre-order with a release date to be confirmed in 2012) at a price of $598. Nintendo Australia is yet to officially set an RRP for the Wii U.