The show stealer during this summer’s Electronics Entertainment Expo was clearly Nintendo’s 3DS.  With early expectations being exceeded for most who got some hands-on time with the next-gen portable, Nintendo likely has yet another money printing machine not far from release.  How much money will it print?

There’s been no word on exact pricing at this point and I wouldn’t get your hopes up that we’ll hear anything for quite some time.  But none of this is going to stop Nintendo from clearing house of the current DSi and DSi XL stock remaining on store shelves. moneyprinter Straight from Nintendo’s PR mouth, effective September 12th, the current DSi price will drop from $169 down to $149 while the DSi XL will drop from $189 to $169.  The smaller DS Lite will remain at $129, covering a fat $60 range heading into the holiday season.  From Nintendo:

“We know shoppers want to get the maximum value out of every dollar they spend.  Our new Nintendo DSi prices make it easier than ever for consumers to access the tremendous variety of games, applications, and social tools on the Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo DSi XL systems.”

Don’t expect Nintendo to keep pumping out four DS systems once the 3DS arrives, presumably before the holidays.  Instead expect stock on the lower end models to slowly fizzle out and meet their replacement, the 3DS.  The handheld market is still Nintendo’s and the 3DS looks to solidify it further.

Will you be buying a last-gen DS system knowing the 3DS is on its way?  When do you think we’ll see its release?  Drop by the comments and let us know what’s on your mind.

[Business Wire]