When the DS was originally released in 2004, everybody had their own opinion about the hardware. Many people said it was too heavy and wasn't bright enough. Nintendo immediately (2 years) addressed these problems with the introduction of the DS Lite, it became a huge success (as if it wasn't already with the DS Phat), so much that Nintendo made a family of these products, the DSi, DSiXL, and 3DS. Due to these recent (2 years) introductions, Nintendo has sadly stopped the production of the DS Lite. RIP, DS Lite.