Nintendo UK is urging consumers to purchase DSi units early as shortages are expected by the holidays. Nintendo's UK general manager David Yarnton clarifies that Nintendo doesn't hold stock back as it has been accused of in the past, saying:
"One of the things that people don't seem to understand is that factories are producing constantly; they don't peak and trough. So we're producing product all the time, but then everyone wants it all at the one end of the year. It's just so hard to try and keep up."
While these statements were made for the UK, expect it to hold true for the US, as well. The DSi doesn't really interest me, but I'll probably end up owning one anyway. It seems to happen. I've purchased every iteration of Nintendo's handhelds, except for the Game Boy Micro. Why? I have no idea.
This should also serve as the heads-up to all you eBay price gougers hoping to make a few bucks off of confused mothers around Christmas. Stock up on DSi's now and then it's 300% mark-up time around November! Not that I condone this, of course.
The new features of the DSi don't really interest me, however. I don't much care for the multimedia features.