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Nintendo DS Lite

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Great for those long flights but thats about it.

  • Oct 2, 2009
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After going on those long flights to china every year, I realized that I needed something to kill those long 15 hr flights since I can hardly sleep on those uncomfortable economy seats.  A handheld portable gaming console was what I decided to go with and the 3 options I had were PSP, DS Lite, and the newer model, DSi. 

The PSP wasn't a serious contender since I compared the battery life to the DS's, and I noticed that PSP only lasts for 5 hrs.  So it came down to the DS Lite and DSi.  The major differences between these 2 was that the screen on the DSi is a little bigger, DSi had more memory, and the DSi had a built in camera.  Even with all these new features, I decided to go with the DS Lite because the battery life on the lowest brightness setting for both, had the DS Lite up to 19 hrs and the DSi up to 15 hrs.  And at the time of my purchase, the DS Lite was 40 dollars cheaper (129.99 to 169.99).  For 40 dollars more, none of those new features are something I care for since the games I'll be playing won't utilize the extra memory and camera.  Only the screen size might make a little difference but I couldn't even tell the difference when looking at it.

So the next choice was the games and if you don't know by now, DS has a huge selection of games.  And they are also backward compatibles with the Gameboy Advance games too.  I ended up purchasing Final Fantasy Tactics A2 and Castlevania order of Ecclesia for my flight.  Castlevania was a great game for the plane ride since its mostly simple jumping around and killing stuff but FF tactics didn't turn out to be a wise choice since there's a lot of reading involved and I get sick easily when reading on a car/plane.

But one warning I have for anyone who plans to buy the DS for long vacations, especially to asia, is that their charger doesn't work for most outlets overseas.  The charger is listed for 120v and in  Thailand and China, they range from 110v - 240v.  I tried charging it on 110 and 115v outlets and it didn't work at all so my trip back to the US was without the DS.  Fortunate for me, I took sleeping pills back and slept through most of the ride.

So in a nutshell, here are my pros and cons for the DS Lite.

- Long battery life, 15 - 19hrs on lowest brightness settings
- A huge selection of games
- Very light and portable

- Charger doesn't work for many outlets, at least in china and thailand
- Small screen is sometimes hard to see whats going on (but that can't be helped for a handheld)

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October 02, 2009
agreed! Nintendo DS still has the dominance in hand-held games! way to test out your Nintendo DS's capabilities in-flight to Thailand!
October 02, 2009
Thanx. Well it wasn't something I wanted to find out that it didn't work for most of the outlets over there since my trip back was with a batteryless DS. But hey, at least we know now right =)
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review by . January 01, 2010
We already have one DS and one DSi in our house. But when my 5 year old said she wanted one for Christmas, the question was, should we ask Santa for the DS or the newer DSi.     For a younger child, this was all she needed. She has no need to browse the internet. We have a lot of game boy games that she can play on this that she would not be able to play on the DSi.    It is a pretty pink color and just what she wanted. It is a definite improvement on her Leapster.
review by . July 12, 2009
posted in The Gaming Hub
Going all the way back to the Game Boy Color my kids have always had a hand held gaming system. Previous to the Nintendo DS Lite I never felt like it was acceptable for the parent to play them. (At least not in public.) So when my daughter received her Nintendo DS Lite for Christmas in 2006, I knew Nintendo had finally made the move to expand their target demographic.    This was sleek, compact and portable touch screen gaming like this was still new. Because of the price and …
review by . March 20, 2009
The Nintendo DS Lite was a "must have" on my daughter's Christmas list. Somehow Santa managed to get her the Metallic Rose one that she had to have. I must admit that I was quite surprised by this little gizmo's abilities. Not only does it feature two very well lit screens, it also has Wi-Fi capabilities allowing my daughter to connect with all of her friends.    Like the old GameBoy, it features traditional buttons used to play games. It also features a stylus which gets a lot …
review by . November 29, 2008
We purchased the Nintendo DS Lite for my daughter and she loves it. There are a huge amount of quality games for it. She loves the New Super Mario Bros. and Nintendogs is really cute too. It has two screens on it that show different things depending on the game. The screen is bright and has fairly good graphics for a handheld unit. The screen also utilizes touch screen technology that is used during most games. It also has a built in microphone that can be used for example to talk to your pets on …
review by . September 19, 2008
posted in The Gaming Hub
DS Lite has been very well reviewed so this review is just about the new metallic silver finish. I really like the metallic silver finish compared to the black/red/cobalt because it shows less finger prints and seems more scratch proof. My daughter already decorated it by creating her initial with some swarowski type crystals in pink and silver, and it looks nice.    I have to say that having played the PSP and now the DS, I prefer the DS over the PSP due to the dual screen and …
review by . July 03, 2008
I love the style and look of this DS system. It's a plus that the bottom of the unit is a matte finish so the fingers prints won't show and it will not scratch easily. The only problem I have it that my right forefinger tends to sit on the side and it is a little uncomfortable to hold. BUT no pain not gain - I will keep on playing!
review by . May 14, 2008
Pros: Excellent graphics, sound good, light weight and inexpensive.     Cons: Will probably break if you drop it. Plus is very sensitive to heat.     The Bottom Line: This is a nice little gadget for those long road trips, I highly recommend getting one of these. You will have hours of fun with this game system.     I purchased this game system for my wife on Mother's Day. It was a total surprise she had been bugging me to get her one for …
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Lighter, brighter and just as fun as the original Nintendo DS, the Nintendo DS Lite arrives just in time for hungry gamers. It's smaller than the original DS, with brighter screens and adjustable backlighting. The DS Lite sets itself apart from every other hand-held gaming system on the market with a variety of new features. Center microphone Larger stylus for a better grip Easy-to-reach Start and Select buttons Removable cover keeps the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot clear from dust and debris when not in use Color - Polar White

Nintendo DS Metallic Rose in full viewThe Nintendo DS Lite is a high-powered handheld video game system in a sleek folding design loaded with features for a unique gaming experience. The color screens are now even brighter and the lower touch screen provides a totally new way of playing and controlling games. Use the built-in wireless mode to share games, chat or even play multiplayer games on-line via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Play impressive 3-D rendered Nintendo DS games and play all your favorite Game Boy Advance games in single player mode. Nintendo DS Lite comes with a variety of distinctive changes that set it apart from the original: It’s less than two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and more than 20 percent lighter. Its two bright screens can be adjusted to four levels to adapt to different lighting conditions and to extend battery power. The microphone sits in the center of the unit and the LED lights are clearly visible whether the unit is open or ...

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Release Date: June 11, 2006

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