How was the screen and sound improved? I haven't noticed a difference, and technically the screen on the DSi is smaller (though not by much). I'm really happy with the speakers on the DSlite (although the DS fat was better) all of them beat the pants off the speakers my brand new PSP 3000. And I still play loads of Metroid Zero Mission, Golden Sun, and FF6 on GBA carts. So I dissagree that GBA is not worthwhile. I'm keeping around my DSLite for just that.The sound improvements were outlined in an Iwata Asks feature
, and the screen IS larger
, although it is a subtle increase compared to what the XL introduced. Admittedly the sound improvement is best appreciated with headphones on, it comes out much cleaner than on the DS lite.
Oh, and there you go again putting words into people's mouths! Except more direct this time; I'm not saying the GBA is "not worthwhile" but that I've mostly stopped playing it, meaning more that it's not a feature I really need on the DS anymore. I grabbed a used Micro around the time I got a DSi for the sake of playing GBA games, and haven't offloaded my lite or phat anyway.
And all I'm saying is that if they wait for anything, it should be games, not the gear update. The fact that the DSLite came out at the time that a lot of good games came out was coincidence and irrelivant. The only system I ever purchased at launch was my Wii, so I'm not huge on the new system hype train. But IMO, this is probably the strongest lineup I've ever seen from a new console, handheld or any, so I think there's a good reason to purchase it on launch.
It's a useful reference point. Usually the hardware updates come out between a year or two years of the system's release, which is long enough for a system's library to bloom. Even with a strong launch lineup, well, the new games can easily turn out to be disappointments (Red Steel anyone?) while the ports are, well, ports. Hell, the PSP had a pretty good launch lineup, then it immediately dried up for a long while.
Edit: Oh, yes, and people may simply want to wait on a more convenient time to grab the system.
Edit 2: Actually, another reason to wait; they will work out kinks in the meantime, such as implanting the damned internet functionality
. Why they can have this good to go for the Wii/DSi but not the 3DS is kind of baffling.