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End Of The Road For DS Lite

Nintendo DS LiteWith Nintendo spending resources on marketing its new Nintendo 3DS handheld system, something from the current DS family had to go to make room, so that means that it's time to say farewell to the beloved DS Lite.  Engadget reports that GameStop franchises have been notified that there are no new shipments of the five-year-old system on the way, so once current stock has been sold, display materials can be discarded.  Considering that the DS Lite's immediate successors, the DSi and DSi XL, are still around in addition to the new 3DS, it's not a surprise that the oldest still-produced product in the family line had to go.  The bigger milestone here, however, is that the DS Lite is/was the last current Nintendo product capable of playing Game Boy Advance titles and certain DS titles that required the Expansion Slot that is absent in all later DS hardware revisions (DS Rumble Pak, we hardly knew ye).  Considering that GameStop is also in the process of phasing out its used GBA sales, I think we can consider that product truly gone now.  At least, when it comes to new units.  Thanks to eBay and other used item marketplaces, the GBA and its legacy will be with us forever.  Meanwhile, the DS Lite's status as a gone-but-not-forgotten system is just beginning.  Circle of life and all that.  Strange; this must be the week for phasing out handheld hardware.