With 10 days to go until Nintendo's new DSi handheld gaming device debuts in Japan, excitement for the product is muted on online auction sites.
The DSi, which is Nintendo's first refresh of the DS in two years, will hit Japanese store shelves on Nov. 1 and carries a retail price of
It's perhaps this minor update on features that appears to have dulled the excitement.
Typically ahead of big computer game hardware launches there's an active market in reservation tickets -- the chits issued by stores that guarantee the product on launch day without the need for a long wait.
On Tuesday afternoon on Yahoo Auctions, Japan's largest auctions site, reservation tickets for the DSi had attracted only one or two bidders and prices were hovering around the
On overseas sites the excitement isn't much higher. The DSi will be sold outside of Japan in 2009, but no specific date has been set yet.
A DSi with free shipping on launch-day from Japan sold for US$246, below its "buy-it-now" price of $299 and leaving a modest profit for its seller. Handhelds selling on Yahoo Auctions in Japan were fetching roughly similar prices. One sold Tuesday for