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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.
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!
I purchased the system a month ago. I like how it is not so bulking to hold and all the buttons are easy to reach. I also like having the abiity to use a stylus on the touch pad of the system. I decided to buy the system for the name of nintendo. They have a good reputation when it comes to handheld video games system. There is nothing about the system that I dislike and I would recommend this product to anyone else that is looking for a handheld video game for themselves or another family member.
Initially I bought this product for the price. It was much more inexpensive than paying the retail. The Nintendo was in fine shape & looked almost brand new. In addition it works like brand new. The screen has no scratches on it at all. As a bonus it came with extra styluses, & screen protectors. I bought it for my granddaughter for X-Mas. She was thrilled & still is. I'm told she uses it every day. I couldn't have done better if I bought it new.
A handheld with a great pedigree, the DS is Nintendo's latest lucrative, prancing campaign through the handheld market. The DS Lite is Mk.II, fixing some of the issues with the original design, slimming it down to something considerably more sexy while improving the already stellar battery life.
- Extensive game library including previous generation GBA cartridges
- Not region-locked, very import-friendly
- Touch screen input allows for versatile UI and creative game elements
- Durable (derp Nintendo products) and clam shell design protects screen
- Free WiFi service, download play (one game across multiple DS systems)
- Homebrew/mod friendly
- Limited ability for 3D rendering
- Not compatible with first generation GameBoy and GameBoy Color games
- Lacks features of the Mk.III, the DSi
This device is a minor feat in technology. PS3 , Wii are also great games, but the portablity of this game puts it in a league of its own.
It is sturdy, the touchscreen LCD sensitive and yes durable.
Battery life is amazing. Very easy to use.. very intutional controls. my 7 year old has mastered it without even us having to read the users manaul.
The Brain games are pretty impressive and remove some of the stigma attached to the this generations video games.
All in all.. a maust have to your video gaming arsenal!
With unique basic features--such as a dual screen setup (with a touch screen controlled with a stylus), and a microphone--that allow for new genres of games to be played, the DS brings gaming experiences that were previously impossible to have on a handheld. Brain training games, PC point-and-click games (which range from RTSs to addictive minigames), and newspaper puzzle games (sudoku, anyone?)
are among the new game genres that could be played on the DS. Also, there's Mario!
Why pass up this handheld? F.Y.I., these things are hard to find. You could find them here on eBay. However, before you splurge $170+ on one of these in an auction (retail price is $130), remember that you could buy one in a two-game bundle for the same price range at online retailers like walmart.com or costco.com, to name a few.
I was told by the doctor because of memory problems in the family, that getting one of these and playing the "Brain Age" games would really help. I started on it about a month ago, and have seen some difference. The games are great, and you're able to get any kinds you want. I also purchased an old Atari version DS game to play good old PacMan and stuff of the "day"!! I love it and it's easy to carry around and play with anywhere!! Being a 30-something, it's kind of weird playing a video game, but with the "Brain Age" and knowing it is making a difference, I love it!! I recommend getting a carrying case and bigger stylus, though. The little thing in it is kind of hard to deal with sometimes.
Perfect condition. Excellent portable game device for kids. Great game choices
Short battery life but good accessories available for car travel. Very sturdy manufacturing. Screen does not hold up well and mustbe protected with plastic screen savers. Good color choices.
I like how it is ultra slim, portable, and super bright. I also like how you can play with people around the world with wi-fi enabled games. I dislike how Gameboy Advance Games hang out of the bottom.
I decided to buy it because it has great games and was a bargain.