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Nintendo denies DSi phase out

Hardware still planned for release in 2011 despite rumours

Nintendo has denied reports that it is to cease manufacturing the DSi range of home consoles due to the imminent release of the 3DS in February.

In a statement issued to press including GamesIndustry.biz, a representative for Nintendo said there are still DSi products to be launched in the UK throughout this year. An earlier report translated by Kotaku claimed the system would be dropped - although the larger DSi XL was still to be manufactured.

"We plan to still manufacture and supply DSi consoles in a range of colours in the UK in 2011," said Nintendo.

"On an on-going basis, continuing supply is based on retail and consumer demand."

The 3DS is released next month in Japan on February 26, priced ¥25,000 (£194). European and US details are to be announced next week, with a launch window of March. Nintendo is manufacturing 4 million units for the two month launch period.

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