When Nintendo launched the Wii in 2006, it branded itself as the universal game maker, aimed at all corners of the human demographic. Since then, new life was breathed into Nintendo, as its subsequent games (New Super Mario Bros.) and hardware (DSi) have carried them to mainstream success that has suppressed the other video game heavyweights, Microsoft and Sony.

And it seems Nintendo isn't going to stray too far from this proven theme, with the release of the all-new DSi XL on March 28. The new portable gaming machine, is bigger, badder, shinier, and more expensive, $190.

A look at some notable features:

--- Larger dual screens (93 percent bigger compared with the DS Lite) which have a much wider viewing angle.

--- The DSi XL will also come with built-in wifi with a range up to 100 feet, that allows for a wireless connection with the Wii and also makes multiplayer games with other other DSis possible.

--- Touch screen, embedded microphone for voice recognition.

--- Ports for Nintendo DSi game cards, Nintendo DS game cards, an SD memory card.

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--- Battery delivers four to 17 hours of play on a 3-hour charge.

--- Parental option that manages access to Nintendo DSi games based their ESRB rating.

--- DSi XL can also double as an e-book. On its release, Nintendo will be offering will a cartridge containing 100 public domain books, including classics such as Twain and Shakespeare.

With the Wifi, bigger screen, and multiplayer functionality, the DSi XL was encourages people to look at what other people are playing and interact with it. Nintendo DS games are designed to be inviting and family-friendly.

Upcoming games for the DSi XL:

--- America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking (3/28) -- based on the critically acclaimed cooking show, the "game" offers step-by-step video/pictorial instructions for 300 America's Test Kitchen recipes.
 
--- Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Q3, 2010) -- an RPG, multiplayer game

--- Picross 3D (5/3)-- A game with a series of visual puzzles to solve

--- Pokémon HeartGold & Pokémon SoulSilver (3/14)

--- WarioWare D.I.Y. (3/28) -- allows players to design their own micro games, creating their own graphics, music