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Very fun handheld.
Member Name: DJKTRox
Advantages: Brilliant 3D graphics, colourful, backward compatibility, battery life is good
Disadvantages: full 3D not suitable for young children
I was anticipating the release of this console for a while, and managed to trade mine and my partners DS lites in (and with my staff discount!) managed to get it pretty cheap! There is no way I would have paid out the going rate of about £219 when it first came out!
In comparison to the DS Lite, the top screen (I think) is the same size as the touch screen, whereas in the older one the top screen was smaller. This helps a lot as you can see so much more! I don't believe young children should get them though, as the full 3D was a little too much on my eyes and made them ache, I'd hate to think of what it could do to a kids eyes!
Luckily they have a 3D depth slider, so if full 3D is too much, you can slide it down a bit!
You can also browse the internet, send messages and pictures, and take photos with the camera (inc 3D photos). The browser is fairly slow, so its probably more of a novelty thing really...
Instead of just the cross joy pad on the left, they now have a round keypad which works more like a joystick. You have your L and R bumpers on the front, and a power button on the front. You get a nice metal stylus with it, but sadly they moved the stick to sit inside the top of the console, and not on the side, so I'm forever trying to find my bloomin stylus!
That said, the battery life is amazing, and rarely have to charge it. I got the turquoise colour one, and it looks very funky! The games are a little too expensive still, I think once the price drops on them, more people will buy the console. Most DS games, brand new, cost around £20, and 3DS games cost around £32-£34.
You can play normal DS games in it too, but sadly you cannot play 3DS games on a DS. You cannot use Gameboy advance games in them anymore, as they took that port out.
Summary: Great for older kids, or adults looking for a bit of fun on the move.