Nintendo DS Lite
Nintendo loves to reinvent their handheld video game consoles, and we'd probably make fun of them if they weren't so good at it. Take their new DS Lite, for example. This handheld video game console is better than the original in almost every way, and yet Nintendo is selling it for the same price.
Obviously, the DS Lite is smaller and lighter than the original video game console. But until you hold it in your hands, you don't realize how much smaller it really is. The DS Lite is nearly two-thirds the size of the original console--about as small as Nintendo could make it and still have room for both screens and both hands.
The dual screens have also been improved. There are four brightness settings available, and even the dimmest one is brighter than the original DS console. The bottom screen is still the touch screen, although the stylus is now stored in the right edge of the video game console.
The button layout of the video game console has undergone some changes as well. The D-pad is slightly smaller, but feels just as responsive, and the Start and Select buttons have been relocated below the main buttons on the right side. The power switch is now on the right edge of the video game console, eliminating any confusion between on/off and start/select.
The DS Lite is still backwards compatible with the vast library of GameBoy Advance games, but the smaller frame means that the GBA cartridges stick out of the system when they're inserted. It doesn't interfere with the gameplay, however, and the video game console comes with a filler cartridge that protects the GBA slot when not in use.
Like the original DS, the Lite features built-in WiFi for multiplayer gaming. There's no Web browser available yet, but the free online service allows for head-to-head playing of many DS titles.
The video game console is only available in white here in the U.S., although other colors are on the way. But iPod white isn't so bad, since it's been reported that the darker colors really pick up fingerprint smudges.
If you already own a Nintendo DS, you may not find the smaller redesign worth the upgrade. But if you're in the market for a handheld video game console, the Nintendo DS Lite is the one to choose.
Pros: Much smaller and sleeker, brighter screens
Cons: GBA cartridges stick out
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Great Portable Gaming
You can read my other reviews & see I am a big SONY fan. I love my PSP but this system is Awesome.
PROS: A solid improvement over the Nintendo DS, The DS Lite is noticeably slimmer, lighter and the screens are quite a bit brighter & have better viewing angles than the original DS. It also has 4 brightness settings compared to the original DS which only has 2. The new buttons are more pronounced and I think they have a better quality feel to them over the original DS. Game load times are a bit faster than my PSP and battery life so far has been an average of about 5 1/2 hours.
CONS: The multimedia content is still only available in Japan. Aesthetically, GBA games protrude out a little too far, although it is nice to have the compatibility, they look a little out of place. They now have flash cards and pass cards available for the DS lite which will eliminate the protruding issue and offer storage of downloaded DS games along with many other options, but it will cost you. To learn more do a google search on Nintendo DS lite flash cards.
Online gaming can be irritating. The WiFi capability worked great but finding players online to play with is another story. Random games are not as easily found as they are on other consoles but if you are playing a popular game at a good time of day your chances of locating some competition are much better. Graphics do pale in comparison to my PSP. No audio/video playback or web-surfing capability.
All in all this is a great unit for portable gaming and I would recommend it to anyone interested. Faster load times & hours of game play make this unit worthwhile to own. If you want to have the most mature game titles and a somewhat average multimedia playback ability then a PSP may be a better investment.
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Nintendo DS Lite
Nintendo DS Lite is arguably the best of the DS upgrades. XL being preferred to some by its bigger size, it is in the versatility that the Lite shines. Nintendo DS Lite is the smallest out of all the DS handhelds and in effect is easier to travel with. It fits comfortably in most adult pockets or purse. The system is also the lightest in weight.
The biggest advantage the Lite has compared to the newer DSI and XL is that it includes a Gameboy Advance(GBA) slot. DSI and XL removed that slot to put in a camera. Has a result Nintendo DS Lite is compatible with older games from the GBA series. Camera may sound appealing to some, is hardly worth the removal of backward compatibility with older generation system. This particular slot is also used in various new DS games. Band Hero, Guitar Hero, and the Pokemon series come to mind. Pokemon DS series allow the importing of Pokemons from the GBA series. Band Hero use the slot to play guitar, so on.
However, even with all the benefit there is one flaw the console has that cannot be overlooked. The hinges of the dual screens are likely to break. Putting a hard casing and taking proper care of the console does help prevent that. Hard casing is almost mandatory if you wish to prevent it from breaking for a child. Nerf or Hori Brand hard casing are my recommendation however any works.
That being said, the real reason any person should consider buying a console is for the games it can play. Nintendo DS has some of the best Role Playing Game(RPG) and Puzzle games this generation. RPG like Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Pokemon Series have remakes of old classics as well as new version exclusively for the DS. Puzzle games like Professor Layton, Brain Age, 9 Hours 9 Doors 9 Persons, and Phoenix Wright are among the best the DS has to offer. The system also has traditional Nintendo games like Mario, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Metroid, Zelda, and so on. There are many other great games, I merely named some because there tend to be a few people who buy the console but don't know what games to buy.
Overall, the Nintendo DS Lite is superior to the DSI and XL in that it allow the owner to play a bigger game library. DSI and XL have built in camera, if prefer that to more game options, then should consider buying those instead. The console must be treated with care or with extra protection(Hard Casing) because it does have a decent probability of breaking from the hinges if abused. Other then that the game selection is superb and I highly recommend trying any of the Nintendo DS consoles.
My nintendo ds lite crimson/black
I honestly didn't know if I was actually going to enjoy it at all. I was definitely taking a gamble. I've played it before with a family member of mine but I still wasnt sure if I would get alot of use out of it like a game console like Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. I bought it and I was really excited to play. When I first received it I played it for weeks on end. I absolutely loved it. I took it everywhere I went. I even played when I had a lunch break at work. It sounds corny but I did. I've done many things to keep my mind occupied during my break at work so I know that this is the best investment I have made. The one thing I didn't like about it is the price. I thought I was getting a fair price for it. I went and looked around at stores and online to see if I was getting ripped off or not. I thought I wasn't so I purchased it. I talked to my sister not longer after I received it and she said that she bought one for $80 the year before AND it came with a game. This was around Christmas time when she bought it so I figured it they lowered the price because of it, but I don't really know the reason why. But all in all it's a fun console. I can even play Game Boy Advance games on it if I wanted. The graphics are great and it's very interactive. I absolutely love playing it. I've never played a psp so I don't really know how it compares to it and I'm usually the one that loves playing with the playstation products. I owned a Playstation 1 and played with a playstation 3 and they are both great! I don't know anyone who has a PSP. Everyone I know has a nintendo ds. All in all this a fun product for young and old and there are so many game choices for it!
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Good system for 7-yr-old
1. Child's point of view (7 yr old)
a. At first, he was more excited about the concept of owning it than actually playing it.
b. He started with Mario DS 64, which had been recommended to us. Neither he nor I could figure out how to play then game, which I think was the source of his less enthusiasm in playing it.
c. Then he saw "Uncle M" - a GREAT video game player, who took him out and bought him Pokemon Diamond, showed him how to play it, and then he was off. (All the games that I carefully researched as thinking he would like are completely shunned in a junk heap worth a few hundred dollars:-(.
Bottom Line: I think there should be something that makes it easier to figure out what to do in the game if you've had no video game experience before.
2. From Mom's point of view
a. Help out us 40+ year old clueless parents who want to learn this stuff but don't have the 6 hours a day that our kids do to play it!
-Where is the Pokemon for Dummies book? (I'm being serious)
-Where is the Nintendo DS Lite for Dummies book? (I'm still being serious)
-Where is the Nintendo DS (or any other video game system) for idiot parents who were almost graduating from high school when Atari first came out? (Still being serious)
- There needs to be books out there (books understandable by clueless parents) to help parents become involved or at least ask or answer the right questions.
b. there need to be picture guides out there for how to play the game(s) - I know that there are some. My brother, the really cool "Uncle M" gave me one for the Pokemon book and I bought one for another of my shunned games. But these books need to be even more basic at the beginning that you experienced or even beginner players may realize. I can understand the law, physics, chemistry, classical Greek, Rome and European literature and other such subjects a heck of a lot easier than I can figure out what to do with Mario after he first appears on screen (I'm sure having him fall into the river/ocean constantly was not the correct move) - give me a road map - tell me where I'm supposed to go - have a starter's game/series so people can get used to the different moves in a sequential order, etc.!
c. Okay, now I'm speaking as a mom - given its price, the thought of that thing falling and breaking terrifies me. I almost had a heart attack when he ran around a large kitchen while holding on to the DS Lite even though it was protected by the Nerf cover - what good is the cover if the DS itself is open when it falls? The least accessory companies could do is make a good bag that will hold everything (including a DS in a Nerf Cover - not just a DS without the nerf cover) but not be as bulky as a large camera bag or as bulky and inflexible as a metal lunch box. There also need to be thin (not thick) plastic game cases that each hold about 6 games that can just be thrown in the pouch. And come on, we may be in our 40s-50s but we don't want to carry around ugly looking bags either.
3. my compaints
a. it's too hard to figure out ahead of time if your child will like the game or not - there needs to be greater descriptions of the games within the boxes and the covers themselves
b. There needs to be more information contained in the flyer/literature on how to play.
c. there needs to be a crash course in learning
d. My 7 year old son should let me play with it - afterall I bought it :-)
worth getting - DS Lite is better than DS - cf side by side.
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