Nintendo DSi XL to launch on 5 March

Nintendo has finally revealed the launch date for its Nintendo DSi XL for Europe which is now due to hit British shop shelves on 5 March.

As many of you will know from coverage of the Japanese launch of the DSi XL, this latest version is bigger than the current gen model.

The DSi XL offers two 4.2-inch screens, which are 93% bigger than the screen on the Nintendo DS Lite and also boasts a larger pen-like stylus said to be more comfortable and better to control.

Nintendo also highlights the wider viewing angle of the DSi XL, seemingly angled at making sharing games or other content better.

The new handheld device will launch in wine red and dark brown, with, Nintendo says, "a glossy sheen on top and matte finish on the underside that provides excellent grip when resting on a table or other surface during gameplay".

It will arrive pre-loaded with "Dr Kawashima's: Little Bit of Brain Training: Arts Edition" and "Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function".

Pricing has yet to be confirmed but back in October Nintendo said "the retail price of the Nintendo DSi XL is expected to be higher than that of the Nintendo DSi".