Really, I think 170€ is too much for a handheld. It's still primarily a toy, used mostly by kids. So parents are supposed to spend 210€ to get their kids a portable game? It's recession, I might add. Considering the original GameBoy was 170DM = 85€... including a game.
When my girlfriend bought her DSlite, the official price was 130€; still we searched for an ebay seller who sold them for 115€. That was ok - but 170€, just no. By now, even the PSP is cheaper (not that I care about the PSP, but I used to think it is more "high tech" than the DS), costing 150€.
The crazy thing is that it obviously sells at this price. At least Iwata said so yesterday. Although a debut higher than DSphat is not too remarkable - after all, Nintendo dropped the price from 150€ to 130€ a little later, so sales probably didn't quite go through the roof back then. I really hope this repeates with DSi, that the 170€ price point is just to milk the early adopters.
Yeah, I know what you will say: Nintendo doesn't MAKE you buy anything, they just offer new stuff on new tech, if you buy it it's your fault, yaddayaddayadda. But I see them moving all their key games over to DSi - first some "enhanced" games (Zelda:ST, probably), then exclusive (new Mario platformer?). Which happens all the time, Super Mario World was SNES exclusive, too. In this case though it's much more annoying, as the DSi offers so little improvements. Is there anything it adds to cartridge games but the cameras anyway?
Currently playing: NSMB (Wii)