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      03.04.2012 20:23

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      Very good if you don't mind playing older games, good value for money

      The DS lite is quite an old console, having been replaced with the DSi, DSi XL and 3DS. However, the DS lite is now incredibly cheap and still has a huge library of outstanding games.

      The DS lite also has a Game Boy Advance cartridge slot, which more recent additions to the DS line no longer include. This means you have backwards compatibility and space for addons such as the Guitar Grip for Guitar Hero which won't work with newer versions of the DS.

      The console is very slim and light, and I have found it very easy to carry around in a leather case. It is worth getting screen protectors as the stylus can damage the screen quite easily if you press the screen do hard. You might also need to buy spare styluses as I have found they can be lost very easily as they are not secure in their slot in the console. You also might have trouble playing the game in bright sunlight.

      The buttons and touch screen are good and responsive, and unlike the PSP which uses discs the DS runs off cartridges so you don't need to buy a seperate memory card and the games in my experience load a lot quicker and quieter than the PSP. There is also a wide range of games that even serious gamers will enjoy, for example the Professor Layton series can be quite challenging.

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      09.09.2011 00:04
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      Perfect handheld console

      The DS Lite is perfect for kids and adults, it's such a great handheld console that you can place in your bag and take with you wherever you go. It's light, efficient, easy to use and play and has an effective touchscreen capability. It is such a popular console for all ages and for good reason, too. There are plenty of different games available for it and for all kinds of people (I personally keep going back to the Pokemon games!). I can easily take this console with me all over the place.

      You can buy the DS in different colours and if you lose/break the stylus pen you can buy new ones at a cheap price. You can also buy colour matching accessories to go with this console such as a case and the stylus' themselves, and you can buy a protective cover for it, too.

      I've enjoyed having this console because I'm not always at home alot so I'm not able to go on the Playstation or Xbox, and being able to take this handheld console with me anywhere means I can still play the games that I like. And the battery power can last up to a good 4 hours as well!

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      21.07.2011 05:56
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      An excellent all round console

      This is quite a leap from the gameboy advance, a really huge leap with bells on it. The DS is a great little console, the portable handheld games market has peaked somewhat but it's the Nintendo DS that seems to still manage to come out on top.

      Nintendo has a long history of handheld games consoles and have captivated gamers since the original gameboy (we'll exclude the Virtua boy though!) So now i'll be taking a look at the Nintendo DS.

      The design of the console itself isn't stunningly beautiful per say, it's got a nice gloss polish finish and a rectangle clam shell design, and it's simplicity in design creates a console that fits nicely into your hands, you have access to all the consoles buttons very easily without strain or effort, and that's the first thing you ask for in a handheld, so it wins there over the PSP and the earlier Neo Geo, both of which are quite awkward to hold and button access is somewhat of an effort.
      You have the two L and R shoulder buttons, A, B and a D-pad, all well designed and easy to press (you'll be surprised how many games consoles have got even that bit wrong!). There's is the top screen and the bottom screen where you'll be using the DS's stylus. The screen resolution is excellent and with the DS lite you don't have to move around too much to find a spot where you can see everything clearly, and with the backlight you can play in the dark to (not that you should be doing that!)

      Most of the game action takes place on the top screen, and you the player will be furiously scribbling away at the bottom screen with the stylus, and may i say the stylus works flawlessly, weather your writing with it or swinging a sword you'll have little trouble getting it to work, although with writing there's a small learning curve on how to write certain letters so that the device will recognize them, but the instruction manuals for games requiring you to write usually have a section on certain letters of the alphabet and how best to write them with the stylus, so no real trouble there and you'll get used to that very quickly.

      Overall the stylus is very satisfying to use, they seem to have been able to make it work with all games (including the ported versions of N64 titles) from brain training to zelda and each title often has it's own little way of performing certain actions, so your always on your toes with the stylus.
      Another feature is the microphone which even now i feel has not been taken full advantage of, voice technology just doesn't work properly yet, even the voice control functions for my Iphone only work half the time, peoples voices are just too diverse for the technology to work, i had particular trouble with brain training, a typical conundrum would be

      Brain training: say the colours you see on the screen.

      the word red pops up on screen, the word is coloured blue

      Me: Blue (into the microphone)
      Brain training: Yellow? no that's wrong
      Me: dang it!

      the word green pops up on screen, the word is coloured yellow

      Me:yellow
      Brain training: try again please i didn't hear that
      Me: YELLOW
      Brain Training: Red? no that's wrong
      Me: forget it

      The strange thing is, you'll find it works for some people and hardly never for other people, i guess this is technology that needs tinkering with and a team of scientists behind it i guess, so there's always the future.....

      As far as wireless goes, the DS has online support and multiplayer for applicable games, unfortunately i have no friends so to test the DS's online capability i had to make a friend who owned both a DS and a copy of Metroid, having done that i found the wireless capabilities to be pretty good, i only have a 10mb connection in my flat and the game ran with very little lagging or connection trouble, there are games you can play with a worldwide community but i have none of those things so i can't tell you about it, plus it was hard enough for me to make the one friend!

      Something i also tried which i wish i had more time to play around with was the picto chat, it's just a neat little chat function but you can draw things on it! you can also write your text with the stylus (mine always comes out looking like my daughters handwriting.... and she's 5) You can also just write using the onscreen keyboard, but hell that's no fun! I know it's only a chat function but i think it just allows you to add a little personal touch to your ramblings, "I love you" always looks better embellished with little hand drawn hearts and bells and whistles and puppies and kittens.
      After using it i also noticed there was a picto chat themed level on Super smash bros brawl!

      Unlike the Wii the DS doesn't suffer from a lack of range in it's titles, there's something for absolutely everyone on it, from classic Mario and Zelda titles, role playing and real time strategy, to puzzling and platforming (i'm thinking also the incredibly popular Brain Training and Professor Leyton).
      A quick note on the battery life, it's perfectly acceptable even for gamers who can't bear to be away from flashing screens for more than five minutes, you get around 6-7 hours of constant gameplay with the device, so if your out and about you won't be worrying too much about the battery conking out on you.

      Overall, the quirky functions of the DS seem to push game developers to make new and interesting titles, so there'll be a lot to look forward to in the future. The DS is pretty much the top handheld, although it is a pretty small market it's still something Nintendo can wear on it's belt with pride and the excellent game library will keep you entertained for hours on end.

      ©peckinpigeon

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        05.08.2010 13:11

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        Overall still recommended for those new to handheld games

        The DS lite differs from the DS in several ways. Firstly the design is a little more compact and neat, whereas the regular DS had quite a wide scren half that looked a little ungainly. The screens have also been improved, and this is actually quite noticeable - the general brightness and colour intensity make it nicer to play games on. However there is no real reason to buy one if you already have a DS, and the DS lite only really seems to be aimed at the customers that didn't get swept up the first time around.
        The DS lite is a bit of an improvement over the original, but not really enough to merit a whole new console. They should really have waited for a few more improvements, and maybe brought up the release date of the DSi. It is very fun to use, but cannot help but make regular DS users a feel a little short changed at the speed that their console has become redundant. This is the only reason for the average rating, but in every other way the DS lite is a pleasure to use, and has a wide variety of imaginative and impressive games. A feature that I like is it's ability to play 'Gameboy advance' games, which shows their concern for people who have bought previous consoles, only to find them out of date. Also, with the release of the DSi these are now available at very reasonable prices, especially for such a recent device.

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        13.06.2010 09:41
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        Cheap enough, good for kids and adults

        The Nintendo DS lite is a great small console and I think it is not only perfect for kids but adults too!

        It is an attractive looking console as well, and very easily portable so great for bus or train journeys etc. I think the black colour is very stylish too and will not be one of those colours you become bored with, or embarrassed of!

        I received one for Christmas but tend to not get much time on it as my 5 year old son has literally taken over the controls! I don't mind so much as I don't let him play on it excessively and he is already so much better than me on it! We play together too at the moment on a game I used to play when I was younger so it in nice to cooperate and have some fun together.

        There are many games that you can get for the console so you couldn't really get bored with it! My son really enjoys Mario 64 and cooking mama at the moment.

        The DS lite is really simple to use. There is a on/off switch which you slide and then the power comes on and will load your game. You slide the switch again when you choose to switch it off.

        The DS lite comes with a stylus for games such as brain training where you need to write things and it is surprisingly easy to write on the screen and for the system to recognise your writing too. It also has the usual arrow function pad for moving around in games and extra buttons which are used for things like jumping in games and such like.

        We charge the DS over night using the grey mains charger most nights as my son tends to play on the game for a short period each day. This is probably not essential but we like to keep it charged up. You will know when the power is running out on the DS as the green light will change to red on the console. You can however play games whilst it is plugged in so we sometimes do that if we are in the middle of the game it just obviously means you need to play nearish to a plug.

        One negative thing is that the screen can get quite grubby as you often have to touch things on there in game play.

        I would also recommend that you buy a case for the DS. You can buy them at your usual gaming stores or places like ebay but i find it protects the DS from scratches and things when your are moving it around.

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        12.10.2009 18:06
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        If you are a big fan of 3D graphics and gameplay then the NDSL is not for you

        [Nintendo DS Lite]

        Overview:
        The Nintendo DS Lite (NDSL) is a very attractive looking hand-held console with a touchscreen and plenty of games available. It has two screens (a game screen and a touch screen), a D-pad, 6 game buttons, a stylus, a start and select button, volume control, headphone jack, power button, NDS cartridge slot, and a second slot for GBA games. There is Wi-fi access for online gaming and it has a pre-programmed calender and alarm clock.

        Games:
        Many games featured on the NDSL utilises the stylus and touchscreen. Examples of using the stylus in NDSL games include: drawing, tapping out rhythms, moving your players, unlocking secrets codes/dials/switches, reading, driving a vehicle, aiming, shooting....and the list goes on. You also get many 'traditional' games that only requires the use of buttons. The NDSL is also clever in that it caters for both left handers and right handers when the stylus is required.

        Personally, I prefer playing games which do not require the stylus, so in some ways the stylus and subsequently touchscreen are hardly used, although the touchscreen will act as another or extended gamescreen. The initial novelty of "touch" games is very appealing but soon enough the novelty does wear off and you'd be surprised by how quickly that happens.

        The main problem for NDSL games is that majority of them are very much aimed at younger children and females. I don't think the games are diverse enough to appeal to a wider audience. They do however have a decent selection of role-playing games, and story-book adventure games if you are interested in those. The cartridges for NDSL are only up to a maximum of 128MB (there is one game that is 256MB), so don't expect many high quality movie sequences in your games.

        Graphics:

        The graphics for NDSL is at the level of 32-bit Playstation 1 and leans more towards 64-bit Nintendo 64. It is by no means as good as Playstation 2 graphics or the PSP. Pure 3D first person shooter games lack detail and could occasionally be so pixelated that it hurts your eyes to look at it or you cannot work out what's what (e.g. "Tenchu", "Resident Evil" etc.). I think part of the problem lies in the fact that the cartridges hold such a small memory capacity (usually 128MB maximum) so everything has to be compressed significantly.

        Although the NDSL struggles in the 3D department, certains games do have very nice vibrant colours, beautiful sharp cartoon-comic presentations and well polished 2D games with 3D elements (e.g. New Super Mario Bros, Zelda)

        Sound:

        In my opinion, the sound quality is excellent particularly for those games that requires a lot of music and sound effects. The headphones work very well and makes it feel like the sound volume is doubling. Indeed, the sound volume on the NDSL is a bit restricted, but for the portability of this device, it's ace.

        Conclusion:

        The NDSL is a neat looking portable game system with a innovative touchscreen. A selection of adventure, story book and role playing games are brilliant, addictive and makes good use of the touchscreen, but many other games are targeted at a younger audience. The 3D graphics and memory capacity of the cartridges are limited, but 2D games with or without 3D elements look stunning.

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          27.09.2009 20:51
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          Great console well worth buying.

          If you want a nice, cheap, and light-weight console well look no further than the DS Lite. I had the old DS for around a year i found that the original was 1. Not a nice colour, 2. A bit to heavy and 3. It was a horrible grey colour. So as soon as this beauty came into shops nationwide i just could not help myself.

          The Nintendo DS Lite is much lighter than the original which is very handy for my needs. It comes in a variety of colours such as black, white, silver and red. And the buttons in my opinion seem well layed out compared to the original. What i also that was a big thing in my opinion was the battery life it seems to last much longer than the original DS.

          Personally i don't think the DS needs a camera or the internet built in because A. If your taking a photograph say on holiday with a Nintendo DSI why do that when you can get a disposable camera for a couple of pounds. And B. why have the internet on the DS when you can have a computer which would provide a much better internet.

          So overall it think people should buy the DS Lite instead of the DSI because we don't need all those extras for that extra bit of money.

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            02.09.2009 10:40
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            Must have !!!

            The DS lite is another entertaining, portable game console.

            The DS lite is exactly the same as the original DS but lighter and more portable.
            I love the DS because it is very small and cute, and accessible anywhere. It will fit in your pocket. Well you would have to have a pretty big pocket but you get the idea. I can't really think of any major faults, only minor.

            The games are small and slim. You can just pop them in and off you go! Also I would just like to tell anyone who wants to buy a DS, that when you want to take a game out of the console you push the game lightly into its gap and it will automatically pop right out again. DO NOT attempt to pull it out as I have tried to do before as it will ruin your game. The DS has a pen socket which you can just pop your stylus into after your done! Also, if you have any games that are only playable on a Nintendo Game boy, you can fit them into the 2nd DS lite game "gap" "hole" "socket."

            Another feature is picto chat. It's like a private chat room between you and your friends. In fact, there are 4 chat rooms. In picto chat you can talk to your friend using symbols. You can draw, scribble, change colour of your background and pen etc ... But the downfall is that you have to be in a 30 meter radiance to be able to connect with your friends. I find that a bit silly. I mean, I could shout to my friends 30 meters away! I wouldn't really blow £99.99 on a gadget only to discover I have superpowers the next day! But picto chat is quite groovy! I've got an idea about how picto chat could be improved and I dare say that probably ¾ of people with DS lite's think this too...

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            My idea to improve picto chat is to make it into a social chat room site! Each DS produced is planted with a chip or something like that. That chip is individual to the console. Nintendo could then stop this 30 meter radiance curfew and make it worldwide so you are not limited, your friends could be anywhere and you could be talking to them. But to make it safe for people, only you can add or delete " contacts " And you could make your 4 chat rooms private. I think it's a good idea but I want to know what other people think. Do you think it's good??? I asked my sister and she said words too rude to mention! Maybe she liked the idea I just explained it badly?!

            I had a DS lite but the screen cracked because it "accidentally " fell out of my brothers hands. It is now repairing. Thank God! And the DS was under warranty!!! It is a great console and can now be brought from shops from as little as £65!

            I would definitely recommend this to everyone. It has more freedom than a PSP because of the stylus and the sleek design , available in red ; green ; L blue ; pink ; silver ; black and white,
            The colours probably make it seem personal. I'm one of those people who get high on seeing different colours! (I'm not epileptic though!)
            There is also a new design called the DSi, I hope to write a review on that soon as I am road testing my friends for a few weeks. I can't tell you much apart from it's got a camera and some clever recording software!

            I hope you have enjoyed reading my review, thank you !

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            11.08.2009 21:08
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            A machine that is not the best graphically but it is so much fun.

            ****The Nintendo DS Lite****

            The Nintendo DS Lite ("NDSL") was released in the UK in June 2006 as a replacement for the Nintendo DS ("NDS"). The NDSL is approximately 39% smaller and 21% lighter than its predecessor, however the signatory dual screen remains the same size, which is some feat. In order to put this reduction in to perspective I have included the dimensions and weight of the NDSL in a 'technical specs' section at the end of this review.

            In order to reduce the size and keep the same screen size some changes had to be made to the NDSL, but they are purely cosmetic and do not interfere with using the NDSL for the average person.

            The D pad is slightly smaller than the NDS, and whilst noticeable, I have no problems because of this. I must confess to having small fingers (and thumbs) but I can see that gamers with large hands and digits may encounter a few issues here. In addition the buttons are slightly smaller but not noticeably so.

            The other change arising out of the 'shrinking' process relates to playing Game Boy Advance ("GBA") games. Whilst the original GBA games can still be played the cartridge sticks out a few mm from the body of the NDSL. Using the NDS the cartridge fits like a glove and the top is flush with the body of the NDS. Providing you are careful the bit sticking out shouldn't cause any problems, however it doesn't look right with the set up looking unfinished and 'botched' together.

            ****Looks and colours****

            When the NDSL was first released it was only available in black and white, and since both were a high gloss finish I think they looked quite stylish, albeit both had problems. The white was prone to getting dirty and often looked tired quite quickly. I find the black one prone to scratches and chips at worst, and at best smudges and finger prints, which is annoying since it leads to lots of cleaning.

            Since its release the NDSL has been produced in many other colours including green, red, blue, yellow and pink. I have only seen this other colour NDSLs in catalogues and never in the flesh, so I can't say whether they are the high gloss finish of the original black and white versions. I also never intend to find out since I think these other colour schemes look ghastly, cheap, nasty and very tacky.

            I have also seen NDSLs available in a deep maroon and electric blue colour, both in a high gloss finish. I think these look very classy and stylish, and I would have purchased one but I have only ever seen them on Ebay (from Hong Kong) and there was no way I was going to part with over £100 for something that could be a non genuine item made out of inferior materials from an international supplier where there is likely to be little protection, so I opted for a black version.

            ****Dual screen****

            It is the dual screen feature that is the NDSL's (and the NDS' before it) unique selling point that catapulted it so far ahead of the competition. The bottom screen, is as everybody knows, the touch screen whereby the stylus is used to tap, prod, poke, scribble etc. on during the game. These additional movements not only make the games more involving but also adds a whole new dimension to the gaming experience. This is something that is not replicated by the competition.

            One thing I have noticed is the bottom touch screen appears to be quite fragile and flimsy and it does require a little looking after to ensure that it stays at its best and doesn't get scratched or damaged, especially since there is no effective screen protector available.

            Some games, by their nature, require extensive use of the stylus and to make things worse the harder and faster you use the stylus the better your character will perform. This encourages gamers to really abuse the touch screen, which could create irreparable damage. Such games include Mario and Sonic at The Olympics, International Track and Field and Asterix and Obelix at The Olympics - notice the theme here? Whilst I have played all of these games I soon gave up on them when I saw how heavy handed they made me on the touch screen of my NDSL. These games can be played using the buttons only, which will save your screen, but the fastest times/furthest distances etc. are only achievable using the touch screen so what's the point in playing if you know you are never going to exceed your last performance?

            It should be noted that some games can be played using the D pad and the buttons or the stylus, and some games do not use the touch screen and stylus combination at all. I find this amazing since it is the touch screen technology that drives the sales of the NDSL and some game producers just don't exploit this. What is the point in having the technology and not using it, i.e. producing a game for the NDSL that does not use the touch screen?

            The NDSL has 4 brightness settings, and whilst this is 2 more than the NDS I do feel that it is still not enough, especially since the original Game boy (released back in the late eighties) and almost all subsequent hand helds have had many more brightness settings.

            ****Games****

            As previously mentioned the NDSL allows gamers to play not only NDS games but also GBA games, i.e. it is backwards compatible. This is great for gamers that previously had a GBA as it means they don't have to get rid of previous games, which is the usual scenario when upgrading games consoles. This is also great for gamers who haven't previously owned a GBA since there are hundreds of top titles that can be bought for next to nothing second hand from sites such as Ebay.

            If you do play GBA games on the NDSL there is no improvement in graphics, sound, playability or anything else over playing the game on a GBA. In fact, playing the games on the NDSL is not as good since the colours on the NDSL are not as vivid as they are on the GBA. This really does show that improvements in technology do not always enhance the experience.

            Another thing to note is that playing a multi player version of a GBA game with a mate cannot be played using the wi-fi feature of the NDSL. This is a shame since it renders multi player GBA games un-playable on the NDSL. The only way to overcome this would be to use a cable to link two NDSLs' together although I am unsure if there is such a cable since there are no suitable connectors on the NDSL, and having no interest or need to play multi player GBA game I have never researched this further.

            As well as playing GBA games there is the opportunity of playing "Home brew" games. These are games that are produced by game addicts, wannabe software designers, clever kids, geeks etc. that are available as a free download, or nominal fee from many websites. Whilst these games lack the depth, graphics, story line, playability etc of 'official' games, a lot of the home brews are very entertaining and as many are free (or as good as) you have nothing to lose. In order to play these home brew games you are going to need a flash card, another memory card and small piece of software. Personally I use an R4 card, a 2gb micro SD card (the R4 won't support anything bigger, or an SDHC) and Moonshell and this set up works very well. It is easy to install, easy to load games on and is very reliable, and the best thing is you can turn your NDSL in to an all in one entertainment system as it allows you to listen to MP3s (although the NDSL sound quality is not the best) and watch video footage.

            When dealing with NDSL games there is a vast range and all gamers, regardless of their age, sex, gaming ability or favourite genre, will find something that they will like. There are war games, shoot 'em ups, puzzle games (interactive as well as traditional), role play games, sports games, beat 'em ups and strategy games amongst many others. In addition there are scenario games whereby the gamer brings up a child or a dog or something like that, and whilst I don't think these are strictly games these titles have attracted a large following, and what's more is they only seem to be available on the NDSL.

            ****Load times****

            Personally I find the NDSL game load times very fast and much quicker than those of the PSP. I appreciate that the PSP UMD's holds a lot more information and has additional features but I hate the pauses during game play and would much prefer to have something that palys smoothly throughout, such as the NDSL.

            ****Graphics****

            The graphics of the NDSL are great, but nowhere near perfect. They are clearly better than those of a N64/PS1 (Late nineties technology for those of you too young to remember) but nowhere near as good as that of the Xbox/PS2 or Game Cube, but I guess this is to be expected really. I also think that the graphics of the NDSL are below that of the PSP, which is another handheld.

            The graphics vary greatly from game to game which really annoys me, but I guess this is the fault of the game producers. Some games are graphically superb and feature lifelike characters and real life scenery, both of which are extremely detailed and colourful. Such games include Brothers In Arms and Call of Duty. Other games contain really poor graphics that includes blocky characters or avatars and rubbish colours that are dull, boring and un-inspiring. Such games include Carnival games.

            The NDSL doesn't have the same video playback or audio playback qualities of competitive hand helds, such as the PSP, which is a shame since I am sure the unit would be more than capable of dealing with this.

            ****Sound****

            In my opinion the sound is the biggest flaw with the NDSL and it is absolutely rubbish despite it being stereo sound. Personal stereos/CD players/MP3 players etc have been around for years and the technology has come on in leaps and bounds, but it does not appear to have been incorporated in the NDSL. This is a shame.

            I appreciate that the music in most games is so repetitive, annoying and just plain dire that it is better just to play them with the sound turned down, but there are a few games whereby the volume has to be turned up since the sound effects and background noise really do enhance the game, as in the case with Dementium: The Ward.

            ****Wi-fi****

            The NDSL is Wi-fi enabled allowing you to challenge not only those in your circle of friends but also other gamers around the world. If you are not in a Wi-fi area then you can connect to the internet via a PC or laptop by using the Nintendo USB Wi-fi connector, which is an additional expense since it doe not come in the box.

            Connecting to a Wi-fi network is very simple and the NDSL seeks available networks very quickly. To connect you simply press a button and hey presto. It really is that simple.

            There are many games available that lets you challenge an online opponent via Wi-fi. Whether you actually find an opponent will depend upon the game (obviously some are more popular than others) and it often takes a little time to get an opponent but this is not the NDSL's fault. Before I tried this I as very sceptical about this online gaming stuff, but I am now hooked and can easily fill a few hours this way.

            The NDSL has a microphone that use can use to voice chat whilst online gaming, although I have never had that much success with this. The only half decent game I have found that uses this technology is Metroid Prime:Hunters but the between match banter and chatting does work very well.

            There is an additional bolt on that turns your NDSL in to an internet browser hence allowing you to surf the web. I have read many reviews stating this is a waste of time and money being a fad that is no where near as good as the internet surfing capabilities of the PSP but I have never had first hand experience of this so cannot comment. I have always been put off by the cost, which seems an extortionate amount and one I cannot justify, especially since I have a lap top for my internet browsing.

            ****Price and availability****

            Currently the NDSL can be bought without a game for £99. I have seen it for less on the internet but none of the items appear to be in stock and there appears to be substantial lead times. I have been told that Tescos were selling the NDSL for £85, although the only ones available were the ghastly coloured varieties. If you want a game then expect to be around £119 (obviously depending on what game you get). There are various other bundled packages available, the price of which depends on the actual specifics.

            The original black and white versions appear to be scarce at present as well, although there are loads of coloured ones about. One thing I have noticed is the black and white versions seem to only be available in the very expensive packages, which is a bit naughty.

            When dealing with most products I would suggest having an internet search to find the best deal, especially since prices tend to vary significantly. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when buying a NDSL. The price appears pretty much uniform across all suppliers so the only bit of advice I can give is to use someone reliable, someone you trust and a well known supplier with a good track record to ensure you are buying genuine.

            The other alternative is to buy from Ebay although there are many risks associated with this in that you may be buying from Hong Kong (inferior materials etc), you may be buying a fake or you may get scammed (which seems to be quite common when dealing with electrical items on Ebay). I have had a bad experience in the past and never buy anything of great value from Ebay even though Paypal pay you out in full (when I was scammed there was a £20 admin fee and you didn't get the extortionate postage costs back!).

            ****Accessories****

            There are loads of accessories available for the NDSL, and include things like numerous types of carry cases, additional stylus' (very useful since I lose loads of these despite there being a stylus holder on the back of the NDSL that holds it very securely), various screen protectors (I have never found a good one that doesn't hamper game play), different power supplies and chargers, software bolt-ons and in car kits amongst much more.

            There are loads of offline and online retailers of accessories and, unlike the actual cost of the NDSL itself, prices tend to vary significantly. Therefore, I would recommend doing a bit of shopping about to ensure that you get the best price and deal.

            ****Conclusion****

            Overall the NDSL is a great hand held. There are loads of games to choose from (genuine and home brew varities) and there is something for everyone. If you can't The quality of graphics vary from game to game and the variance is huge. The graphics are amazing in some games and absolutely awful in others, but this appears to be the fault of the game producers so it is a bit hit or miss. In any case, the graphics, video playback and audio playback is not as good as the PSP.

            Where the NDSL looses out in graphics it makes up for in playability and enjoyment. The games are entertaining and fun and there are loads out there that require little thought to play them, which in my opinion is what gaming is all about. That said, if you do like puzzles and strategies (and I do up to a point or until I get stuck and can't progress, then I get very annoyed and all toys will come out of the pram) then the NDSL is also suitable for you. There are thousands of games available, and with the ability to play GBA games and home brew games this is all the better.

            The NDSL will require a bit of care to keep it looking pristine so a carry case and a good cleaning cloth (that you use regularly) is an absolute must. I would also suggest avoiding those games that make you a bit keen and heavy handed with the stylus, such as those of the Olympic game genre.

            The NDSL is still expensive (the PSP can be bought new for around £80) even though the all new singing and dancing Nintendo DSI has been released. It appears that the general public have come to the realisation that the NDSL is a fantastic hand held console and it is not worth paying one and a half times more for the new DSI, hence keeping the price of the NDSL high.

            So the crunch question, would I recommend it? I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the NDSL, even though the PSP has better graphics, better sound and according to the reviews) is better at surfing the web. It truly is a great machine.

            ****Technical specs****

            Weight - 0.217kg
            Dimensions - 133mm x 72mm x 21mm
            Memory - cartridge
            Resolution 256 x 192 pixels
            Stereo sound
            Input - D pad, four buttons (A, B, X and Y), 2 shoulder buttons (L and R), select and start
            Internal battery that is rechargeable
            Wi-fi enabled

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              A superb handheld consoles with a huge host of games and brilliant features

              The Nintendo DS Lite is one of the latest handheld gaming systems and has on offer a huge range of games along with loads of features to enhance your gaming. I bought the Nintendo DS Lite in the Onyx Black colour as it looks great with a shiny black outside and a matt black inside. Most people go for other colours such as white or pink for girls, so I thought I'd be different. It really is a great portable console and although I don't play it that much, I have had some brilliant games for it and enjoy playing it when I do.


              The Box
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              The Nintendo DS Lite comes in a white box with a picture of the DS on the front and it's respective colour. The box looks very simple, with the Nintendo DS Lite logo to the top right and a picture of the DS to the left with a stylus lying beside it. The picture of the DS continues onto the left side of the box and the other small sides pretty much all have the Nintendo DS Lite logo. On the back of the box is an image of the Nintendo DS with the screen opened up. It shows you what the screens look like as well as the buttons and it shows the stylus touching the bottom screen, signifying it's the touch screen. One side of the box has the warning messages and those telling you not to throw it away and all the other legal bits and bobs. The box is very small and simple, just like the gadget inside.

              The box is easy to open - you just flick out one bit and then pull down the side to slide out a cardboard box. This cardboard box has 3 compartments. The largest contains the DS Lite in plastic packaging and foam. You get a set of instructions and leaflets as well as an invitation to Club Nintendo - which I didn't join. The other compartments contain the charging cable as well as the game pack slot cover and the stylus. The slot cover is used to fill in the bottom slot where Gameboy Advance and other Gameboy games can be inserted. This fills it in and comes in the same colour as your DS so it looks great. It is a useful thought, or you'd have an empty slot, which doesn't look so attractive.


              The Design
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              The DS is very small with just over a 15cm length, 7.5cm width and 2cm depth. At just 440g in weight, the Nintendo DS Lite is great to carry around, which makes it a very good handheld games console. This version has a shiny black outside and it's made of plastic. The only down side is that you get fingerprints showing, but they can easily be wiped away and are only visible in light. The bottom of the console has a slot for Gameboy games and the top has a slot for Nintendo DS games. On the bottom, there is an earphone slot to the right as well as a sliding volume control to the left. The right side has a sliding power button, which slides up and automatically comes back down, used to switch the DS on and off.

              Just below this on the same side is the stylus slot. The stylus fits in here and clicks so it won't fall out. You can easily take it out with your finger using the indent so you can get underneath it and pull it out. The stylus itself is also shiny black and considerably larger than the original DS one. It's also a bit thicker and quite comfortable to hold. The top of the DS has the charging input, where you insert the charger, which must be connected to an electricity port on the other side. There are also triggers on the upper left and right sides of the DS, which are great to use as they are easily accessible.

              The front face of the DS has the two curved rectangles, as the logo, which signifies the dual screens. You can easily take hold of the screen that folds down and lift it up to reveal the inside. The inside has a matt black colour, which looks modern. Both the screens are the same size and one lies on each of the upper and lower parts. The top screen is a normal one with speakers either side. The bottom screen is a special touch screen, sensitive only to the stylus (not fingers as much). To the left of the touch screen is a directional pad and to the right are A, B, X and Y buttons, which are the main controls in most games. Below these are start and select buttons. The DS has a microphone in the middle part where the screen folds down. This is very sensitive and used in quite a few games.

              The design is really good and compact, and the way the screen folds down is excellent in naturally being able to protect your DS. No dust can get onto the screens if you fold it down when it's not in use, and you get 2 screens but the console is still of a small size. The colours are brilliant and the DS is very easy to handle due to its clever design.


              Features
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              - Dual screens including touch screen
              - Nintendo Wifi connection enabling you to wirelessly play with others all over the world
              - Pictochat, which enables you to talk to nearby users and send drawings too
              - DS Download Play where you can download game information to play with nearby users, sometimes with just one game card
              - Backlit screens, which are clearly visible in bright light too
              - Ability to play previous Gameboy games
              - Customise your DS menus, view the time, date, calendar and set alarms
              - Inbuilt microphone for use in games and over Nintendo Wifi to talk to friends


              Games
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              There are loads of games for the Nintendo DS so you will not be short of ones to play. The best ones usually come out at around £30.00 in shops and they may maintain this price if they are top quality. Other games will be nearer £20.00 and older ones may drop below this. From my experience, the very best game out now has to be Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. It makes superb use of the touch screen and really makes you think and use logic to complete puzzles and progress through yet another fantastic Zelda Adventure. Other good games include Animal Crossing: Wild World, which is similar to previous versions but enables you to visit other peoples towns using the Nintendo Wifi connection. Another good game is Mario Kart: DS, which is always fun to play. Other good games include Metroid: Prime Hunters and Nintendogs. There is a huge range of games to choose from, so there are bound to be some you like. This console is not just designed for younger people but adults too.


              Sound & Graphics
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              In general, the Nintendo DS Lite has very impressive sound and graphics. The sound differs from game to game, but most will have music, which is of a good quality. The speakers work quite well and even give a surround sound effect on certain games. This is more effective with earphones. Some games have real-life songs in them such as Tony Hawks American Sk8land. I was surprised by the quality of some songs but coming out speakers, they didn't sound as good as on an iPod with earphones.

              The graphics differ even more but are very good in some games. I only tend to buy games with good graphics, because others may have terrible graphics. The better games like Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and Animal Crossing: Wild World have very good, clear, animated graphics. The colours are vivid, which is helped by the backlit screens, which give superb brightness and quality, so you can play your DS anyway including outside on a sunny day.


              Price & Availability
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              The Nintendo DS Lite is not the newest version as the DSi was recently released with a camera and a few other features such as the built in internet browser. However, the DS Lite still comes in at around £100, but you can usually buy it with a deal that includes other games at a value price. It is available to buy online at places like Amazon.co.uk, Play.com, Game.co.uk and offline in shops such as Game, Zavvi and Tesco. The games range from £20 to £30 as I said before but everything you will need as basics are included with the console.

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              In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this console as it's got such a superb design, a huge variety of games and is very fun to play. You can never play the same game twice with the ability to go online and try your skills against different, real opponents. There are loads of features too and it is so easy to carry around, whether you are at home, on holiday or on a trip somewhere else. It is significantly improved from the original DS and I wouldn't say the newer DSi is worth buying for over £20 more. I love the colour of the Onyx Black version and would recommend it to anyone out there.

              Thanks for reading,

              Dan ©

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                Excellent!

                At first when I purchased the Nintendo ds lite I must admit I think I'd made a big mistake, there wasn't a lot of games available and I knew I'd get bored of it, Recently there's being a few games out and there's an internet browser which I love as you can email friends when your on holiday if the room has a wifi connection, I also love the fact the there's lots of flash cartridges available which are rewritable and I can upload msn onto the flash card and use it like I would use it on the computer.

                The Nintendo DS Lite, is a sleeker, Nintendo DS.
                The device employs innovative dual-screen and microphone-enabled gameplay as well as Wi-Fi multiplayer capabilities, allowing for a growing list of original and fun games that you can't play on any other system.
                It is thinner and more attractive than the earlier DS, but it still delivers what the original DS had before.
                The good thing about the DS is you can still play your Game Boy Advance (GBA) games and you can still can use the WI-FI adapter, and anything else you may of purchased for your other Nintendo Ds.

                Nintendo have made the Nintendo Ds Lites display screen much brighter and you can easily be adjust the brightness level to meet the best of your gaming needs.

                The stylus is also restyled for comfort and easier control on you and your games.




                I love the tasks the Nintendo Ds and life perform such as when I'm playing a game or browsing the internet and I have to stop what I'm doing, I just close the DS and it sleeps.

                Another neat thing is theres a special hole for the styles to be stored, so its very unlikely you will loose the stylus.


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                +A lot better then the original DS
                +It's a lot smaller so it fits into my handbag perfectly.
                +The Screen is a lot brighter but can be adjusted.
                +Touch screen is more durable
                +You can search the internet, if you buy the equipment to do so.

                Disadvantages
                I fortunately didn't ever buy the orinigial ds but I know people who have bought one in the past, and then had to fork an extra £100 to buy this one as it's a lot better as a console than the original DS

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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. Released on September 11, 2006.