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Nintendo DS

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Great Nintendo System Although Big

  • Mar 17, 2007
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Pros: Great game play experience when used with games that utilize the touch screen

Cons: Bigger than most previous Game Boys and the newer DS Lite

The Bottom Line: Great system overall, especially when it came out, but it is worth the extra money to get the newer DS Lite version to enjoy this system.

This is a great improvement from the Game Boy Advance series of systems, although it seems kind of bulky, especially in comparison to the new DS Lites. It is nice that it has backlight screens, not to mention it has two screens for the games, which adds a whole new dimension to playing with the second screen being a touch screen. The system allows you to play both DS games and GBA games, but unfortunately does not play GBC or original Game Boy game cartridges, so if you have favorites of those keep you advance or Game Boy Color to play those on. The DS allows you to connect wirelessly with other DSs to play games without using an annoying cable like with the older Game Boy systems, although most games still require you each to have the cartridge there are a few that do not. Personally I find the instant message like program that lets you communicate between two or more DS systems fun. You can either type messages using the touch screen keyboard or just handwrite message or even send pictures messages. This system is another great one by Nintendo and is a must have for any Nintendo system fan.


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review by . September 04, 2008
My 7-year-old son has one of these and he's fascinated by it (ok, addicted to it). There are lots of terrific games for kids  of all types, from Nintendogs (train your dogs by speaking to them, petting them, etc.) to the amazing Pokemon games (his and his friends' favorites). Really incredible little machine, at a reasonable price (about $120), with engaging (albeit small) graphics, interaction by voice, touch, or buttons, and great games available for it.
review by . November 28, 2004
I have to admit that I was completely suprised at how much I enjoy my Nintendo DS. The advances Nintendo has made over its "GameBoy Advanced" are amazing. In fact, just the "mini" games in Super Mario 64 game has more entertainment value than almost any Gameboy Advanced Game. Another thing that is incredible is the size of the game... it is the size of a standard flash memory card, which makes Nintendo DS games about 75% smaller than those for GB Adv.    Here are a run down of …
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In a surprising number of ways, the Nintendo DS is quite unlike any video game system that's come before. First, there's the two screens, one above and one below. The idea might seem like a gimmick -- the screens are far enough apart that you won't be able to see them as one long screen -- but the format works in a complementary way. Depending on the game, the DS serves action in one screen and details, maps, stats, or alternate views in the other. Switching your eyes between screens takes a little getting used to, but quickly becomes automatic, like checking a rear-view mirror while driving. Both screens are back-lit and a little larger than that of the Game Boy Advance SP, so they'll be easy to see in most conditions.

Nintendo DS used with a stylus Players can control games using the touch-sensitive bottom screen of the DS. The bottom screen also functions as a PDA-style touchpad. It comes with a small stylus, as well as a stylus that attaches to your thumb. This touch screen might be both the best and worst feature of the DS. One one hand, it brings the freedom of PC-style mouse control into gaming, but using it also tends to block what's going on in that screen. For example, while playing the Metroid Prime: Hunters, you could use the left thumb pad to move, the left shoulder button to fire, and the touch screen to look and jump. As you track foes on the bottom-screen map, however, your view will be partially obscured by your own right thumb.

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Brand: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: November 21, 2004

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