Whispers from sources close to Nintendo suggest that the company is planning to launch the DSi in America sometime in April this year.

Currently the DSi is only available in Japan after Nintendo tried to regain interest in the region following dropping sales figures of the DS Lite against Sony's PSP.

Nintendo has promised a worldwide roll-out, but has not announced any dates as yet. However, the speculation has said that the new device will cost $179.99 and will be released in the first half of 2009, with "multiple sources close to Nintendo" suggesting the more specific date of 4 April.

This fits with earlier statements from Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime, who said the DSi would not be released in the States until at least April due to ongoing support of the DS Lite.