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Nintendo DS

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Even us Adults love the DS!

  • Nov 28, 2004
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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 a few of my points.

- The touch screen incorporates very well into the games. In fact, you start to wonder,"What did I do before a touch screen?"
- The power of the DS is very similar to the Nintendo 64 - and in my opinion- you really don't need much more. Have games really improved all that much since the 64? The graphics may be a little better with the bigger machines... but game play has stayed about the same.
- The ability to link wirelessly may be a double edged sword. While it will get rid of those burdensome wires (and allow for text/picture chatting)it may eventually get the DS banned on airplanes. The Feds are not big fans of having anything that transmits a signal on an airplane... so stay tuned.... because this may become a MAJOR drawback to the DS.
- The text and picture chatting... I guess this may be cool if you are a teenager, but I doubt if I will ever use it.


As a whole - I would completely recommend the DS for video games players of all ages! I believe that Nintendo has done a wonderful job in creating a small but powerful video game device!

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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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