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I think the Nintendo DS in general is an outdated product, but that may be because I grew up a bit. I haven't used mine in a long time, but once in a while (like every 6 months) I pick it up and it's always fun. I use it with games like MySims and I find the interface to be very nice.
When I got the Nintendo I was quite young and I had a lot of fun with it all the time, but as with every old console, I eventually stopped using it.
I think the best thing about Nintendo DS is it reminds you of the old Gameboy consoles, which were an incredible amount of fun and about the newest thing on the market when they came out. So I guess the nostalgia is a good reason to purchase a Nintedo DS.
Other than that, the object in itself is light and easy to hold, and, provided you don't lose the little pen that comes with it, the screen is also easy to use. However, the screen is a bit too small and the commands are limited. For something you can take anywhere and have fun with it's not bad, though.
I would say that it's a good gift to offer children but not a very good purchase for an adult. Any child from 8-13 years old will enjoy playing with the Nintendo for quite a while and will be very happy to receive one. So it's a good gift idea.
My ratinv for this product is based more on my thoughts when I first bought it a few years ago, because it would be unfair to rate it less just because tbere are newer more advanced products available.
The Nintendo DS Lite is good value for money. When I got mine it also came with a box of accessories, making it even better value. It is one of the cheapest handheld devices available from a popular/reliable company with good-quality games available. The various colours it is available in means that yoh get a choice so everyone does not have an identical product. Various other things are available to personalise it such as the stylus and stickers for the product, as well as cases.
A wide range of games are available for this console, some of which are quite cheap, although the quality of these does vary. There are many games containing the usual Nintendo characters, such as Mario, which are more expensive but many of which are more than worth it. Because the DS Lite is a relatively old product now most games can be bought second-hand, although there is obviously no guarantee of ths quality of these.
The touch-screen on this is very basic and requires a stylus to use. There is a place for one in the DS so it is more difficult to lose one, as long as you remember to use it. Only one of the screens has a touch-screen as well, although it would be difficult to use both as this anyway.
Since many later versions of this product have been released games are not being made for it. This is annoying, but if you don't mind missing out on the latest games, yoh can get used copies of old ones cheaply.
This is a great starter hand held game system for kids, especially younger ones. Ours got theirs when they were still the latest thing in the shops but they have since been replaced by the 3ds, which is very similar, and has mixed reviews due to the 3d aspect and how some children see it.
There is no reason no to look for a used one of these, as they seem pretty robust, so will still be in good condition. If not, then there are plenty out there, so just move on to look for another.
You can even buy replacement cases to get a brand new look or to change the colour. Pretty easy to do too.
Another great thing about this being a little older is that there are loads of games out there and being used you can get them really cheaply - such as a few pounds each.
Perfect size for being on the move whether in the car or to take in a bag for when you are waiting around - airports etc.
Two days ago I purchased an amazingly good quality, second hand Nintendo DS Lite. I've had two in the past and they had both served me well but had been forced into somewhat 'untimely deaths'...*cough* broken screens *cough*. I figured that I didn't want to pay full price for something that, dare I say it, would inevitably be damaged due to my own clumsiness. I was surprised when I entered a retro gaming shop in Glasgow to find a black Nintendo DS Lite for £39.99 with absolutely no damage. I felt like I was cheating the shop out of money.
Although I bought a black edition of the console, I do know that they also come in white, blue, red and red and in the past I have opted for the plain white. This device has two screens, the bottom being touch screen, this is used in the majority of games, and the top screen isn't but you know, you still use it. There is also a microphone between both screens that you can use in many different games, to speak or blow. It can also be used to communicate with your friends.
The DS Lite comes with its own charger which comes in handy if you want to actually play with it. The battery life is brilliant, I'm not sure how long it lasts when fully charged, maybe about 9 or 10 hours which is good if you're like me and get bored easily during long journeys.
When you open the Nintendo for the first time you don't have to do much to set up, however, you can go into settings to set the time, date, your name, birthday and various other options such as alarms and colour backgrounds. Its not extremely important if you just want to get onto the games but its helpful. Also there is an application held within the device that allows you to write messages on chatrooms and hook up with another device.
Finally, and my favourite feature of this device, has to be the fact that as well as your normal Nintendo DS games...You can also use Gameboy games. This was brilliant for me as I just had a pile of them waiting to be thrown out, until I got my DS and discovered I could play them once again.
I'm in love with my Nintendo and these days I'm barely without it. I would highly recommend it!
The Nintendo DS Lite was revolutionary when it was first released in 2006. It is a dual screen handheld games console which combines the use of touchscreen and regular handheld gaming controls such as the d-pad and buttons. It can appeal to all ages, not just kids, through games such as Super Mario Bros, Professor Layton (aimed at the older audience) and Sonic the Hedgehog.
There is barely any set up needed with this console, and it is incredibly easy to get started. All you have to do is simply charge it up (using the mains charger) and then switch it on. The console will talk you through a number of options such as entering your name, your birthday, your favourite colour etc, once this is completed the DS Lite is ready to use.
The DS Lite had two screens, one on the top and one on the bottom. The top one is around 3.7" and is a backlit LCD colour screen for excellent visual quality. The bottom screen is the same size as the top, also backlit LCD but also has the unique transparent analogue touch screen.
The touchscreen can be used for various games to control the on screen action, to draw pictures and wirelessly send them to your friends or to navigate through the menu's of the DS.
The DS Lite also has a microphone which can be used to communicate with friends during multiplayer games, use for in game commands, and also in games such as Yoshi's Touch and Go, you blow on the microphone to make Yoshi fly or make wind in the game to blow clouds away!
The DS Lite is also the last Nintendo DS model to be backwards compatible with GameBoy advance Games, although you can download these retro games through the Nintendo 3DS. The DS Lite is the only model to have a slot on the front for you to place to GBA games. So for those of you who loved your old gameboy advance or gameboy sp games, dont worry - you can still play them on this console! It is a shame that they didnt continue this feature.
The DS Lite comes in a range of colours, including Black, White, Pink, Turqouise and red. All games released for the DS systems will work, apart from the 3DS releases (obviousy) so you dont need to worry too much about this console being out of date. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of DS games out there, boasting an extensive games catalogue so you can be sure to never get bored of the choice available. The Battery life is also great for this console and can last around 10 hours when fully charged! So it is great for those who commute or travel alot and can really make those long journeys fly by. It is also small, sleek and lightweight so can fit in any handbag!
So to summarise I would definitely reccommend the Nintendo DS Lite, or any other model of the DS. It is suitable for any ages and has a wide range of games to suit anyone. It is reliable and lightweight and small so can be carried around easily, and the touchscreen is ingenious! Defintely worth spending your hard earned pennies on, especially if your a Gameboy/nintendo/mario fan!
I have owned my Nintendo DS Lite for about 5 years now and i have loved every minute of it. The console is still in perfect working order with the touchscreen working great and the top screen having good quality graphics. I find that it looks very good and stylish with a sleek flip style making it extremely light and portable. I have now taken my DS on holiday abroad and it has faired well with no damage bein taken to it. However, there is the slight problem of using it in the sun. I would advise against this as it is near impossible to see the screens and so makes playing near impossible. Apart from this, i have found that playing on the DS is a great experience with a huge range of games that incorporate the touchscreen into the gameplay. The touchscreen is a great extra feature with the stylus that is very easy to hold and small enough to slip inside the DS. However, you must be careful as it can be very easy to lose this which brings the hassle of having to buy new ones. The upside to this is that you can also use your fingers on the touchscreen. It is very easy to navigate around by just slotting the game into the back and starting it up. There is also the option to put headphones in if you dont want to disturb people around you and a microphone which is great for games like nintendogs. The battery life is also very good, allowing hours of gameplay and standby time. There is also an added feature of pictochat where you can use the bluetooth to connect with other people on their DS and use the stylus to write to them and send messages. I find this to be a great feature, especially for little children who love the feeling of talking to someone through the DS. It can keep a child entertained for hours.
The Nintendo DS Lite is a handheld console that has the unique ability of playing games that combine a touchscreen with normal handheld controls similar to a Gameboy. It is a universal gaming device that not only adults will enjoy but also children, as there is a huge variety of games for everyone to play whatever their gaming skill.
I purchased the Nintendo DS Lite for about £100 when it first came out, and this included 2 free games with it. The price has decreased since this however, as there have been several new models that have came out such as the DSi and the 3DS. Many of the games that are released for this console are now coming out on 3DS, so it is probably better to purchase one of these, as it has more features available.
There is hardly any set up, so all you have to do is charge it and put in a game and you are good to go.
Its design is one of the best in handheld consoles, as it fits pretty snug into the palms of your hand making for comfortable gaming for long periods of time. It lives up to the fact that it is called Lite, as it really is not heavy at all. Also, it is quite slim and I keep it in the bottom of my bag at times and it rarely takes up much of the room. The screens are a decent size, and are able to display everything clearly, they also stop themselves from bending too far, so it prevents them from breaking off, which is helpful for those which have younger siblings and are afraid they may break the console.
The Nintendo DS Lite is also available in many different colours, such as red, black and pink - so you can purchase favourable colours. I'd recommend buying a cover for the Nintendo DS as it makes it much stronger and prevents it from breaking in the case of accidents such as spillage of water. Usually these are pretty cheap when brought of the Internet, as mine only cost about £6 for a decent one that locks the Nintendo DS Lite into place and doesn't ever slip off.
For those who loved their old Gameboys and only recently made the change to Nintendo DS and still have their old Gameboy games, Nintendo DS have made the great feature of having two game slots. There is one for the new Nintendo games which are designed to be quite slim and one for the old Gameboy games which are relatively bulky, so you can play whatever mode you feel like. Also, there is a handy place to plug in your headphones for those who want to game in a public place maybe, as it keeps the sound quality just as well as it would be coming out of the console, but now its for your own private listening.
The display of the Nintendo DS has really been designed well, as all the graphics and words on it are as clear as any other console. Everything is laid out well on the home and welcome page, allowing for faster selection and even the technophobe will be able to navigate this easy to use console. Using simple colours like white on a particular colour, it is not confusing like some layouts which just throw colour on colour.
One handy feature is that it also has something similar to a Welcome page that you might see when you log into your computer of laptop. Here, it has the name you have given your DS, which can be handy if you have many members of your family each with their own DS, as it won't get confused as someone elses. I really liked the feature of having a digital clock included, as if I had ever forgotten my watch with my Nintendo in my bag, I could easily check the time.
If you have other members of the family or friends with DS's you can also have the option to use the Pictochat feature which allows you to chat using the touchscreen to write messages to each other through the wifi that has been built into the Nintendo DS. Although, I never really saw the point of this feature as surely if you are close enough to be on the same wifi, you are close enough to just go and talk to the person!
The Nintendo has handy little things for your everyday life, such as the alarm setting which will be set off at an allocated time every day if you want that. For those who like adding a personal element to their console, there is also the option of changing the colour of it. This doesn't make much difference to the DS itself except adding a bit of colour.
The main allure to most when purchasing the Nintendo DS for sure is the touchscreen though. With no other consoles like it that have been as well developed, the touchscreen itself provides for unique gameplay. The stylus to be used to control the touchscreen is handily stored within your DS, as to prevent it from being lost. It is really responsive in whatever motion you use it for, and it is pretty thin in its design that it rarely will select something unless you press it. Although some games may not use it in their games as much, when it is used it really makes the game so much better. Using it is really easy, and anyone can navigate it with the stylus, as everyone in my family has played with it and whatever their age they have loved it.
The games available on the Nintendo DS really vary, so it makes a great gift for any gamer whatever their style or ability. You can play games for the nongamer or the experienced gamer, the one who loves puzzle games or the one who loves adventure games. Each use the features that the Nintendo DS have to their advantage, most with great graphics for a tiny console and different features that put it aside from any other gaming console.
Battery life is great on this console, as it generally lasts about 10 hours. And even when it does run out, it recharges in about an hour and you can play straight away. When recharging, it does the same as with the Gameboy by changing colour when it is fully charged, so you can see with ease whether or not your console has charged yet.
It's a really easy to use and navigate console, and everyone even if they are not really good with technology will be able to use it. The controls on most games are pretty simple, so whatever their age, people will be able to play the games and enjoy them without finding them to challenging and giving up.
Overall, I would say this console has great value for the money you'd pay for it as there is a wide variety of games that you can get on it, and they will last you hours. The addition of little features like Pictochat, DS to DS games and the touchscreen really adds to the overall charm of the console. Although there are newer models that have came out, it still is as great as it was when it first was released.
My five year old got a Nintendo DS last year and of course that meant my three year old wanted the same, so after many months of him borrowing mine and of course not treating it very well I decided to get him one for Christmas but a second hand one. so that's what I did.
I trawled ebay and found a great bargain of a well used DS lite for £50 including two games and it was the best money I have ever spent on him!!
The DS lite is smaller and more compact than the original DS, but bigger and chunkier than the later DSi that my son has. It doesn't have the camera feature that the i has but for a three year old it is perfect.
The screen is great - the pen works great on it and my son has no trouble controlling the characters on it. The colours are clear and even though this is second hand it has stood the test of time. The battery will need replacing at some point although there is still plenty of life left in it.
You can get accessories such as screen protectors and clear crystal cases for these consols which I would recommend if young children are playing them but I would say these are ideal for the younger children that you don't want to spend the kind of money for a DSi or DS 3D on.
i bought this ds 5 years ago and it is still working perfectly well. however sometimes it does freeze on a particular game. the lower screen is touch screen and is very sensitive so you don't have to press down too hard with the pen it comes with. there is a place on the side of the ds where the pen goes but i find that the pen is so small i often loose it. the Nintendo ds is very useful for long journeys as it doesn't have to be plugged in when you play it. there is a wide range of games that you can buy which are suitable for all ages. the only bad thing is that you have to buy all of the games separately and this can be expensive when it all adds up as 1 game is usually around £30. the Nintendo ds comes in a range of colours which is good for both male and female.
Are you bored of simply being bored?
Well, welcome to the new nintendo ds lite, with its entertaining portable video game systems, you will have the ability to forget all those dull days and nights.
Let's begin with describing what it is...
A medium sized portable device including memory cards with an enormous range of entertaining video games such as the ultimate and classic Mario kart, cooking mama 1&2, nintendogs, Pokémon, brain training and many more, allowing you to gain the power to conquer the world, improve your IQ and simply just enjoy yourself. These games are usually available alongside the purchase of your Nintendo DS lite, however, could also be purchased from many other stores separately such as ''Game'', ''curries'', ''Argos'' and more. In addition, a highly recommended game purchase could be an ''R4'' memory card giving you 196 games for a shocking £10.00 which could also be purchased in the above stores or for cheaper on www.ebay.co.uk
Moving on to how it works...
Very simple to use, includes a switch which turns the Nintendo on and off, right at the bottom of the Nintendo which you slide to the right in order to get your Nintendo up and running, also includes 4 attached buttons which allow you to control your moves whilst enjoying your chosen game. Moreover, it also includes a separate charger which gives you the power to charge your portable Nintendo device the same way you would charge your personal mobile phone.
Other included applications...
Shockingly, this Nintendo device gives you the opportunity to become socially networked with friends and family as it includes a personal and confidential chat room. However, similarly to many other items, this device also includes its disadvantages, as you can only be socially networked with certain individuals that are in the same place as you being similar to the way in which Bluetooth operates.
As this is a portable device, you will have the ability to use it on journeys all around the world such as planes, cars, ferries and more, in addition to being able to take it on your holidays to differing countries, not causing any damage to your Nintendo in regards to charging it as I have pursued this action and have not experienced any problems after my travelling. It is also suitable for all age ranges as the games included are for differential ages beginning from the ages of 3 and over. Furthermore, it is also a great Christmas present and is available in many differening colours such as black, blue, pink and white.
On the other hand what are the further disadvantages?...
The Nintendo ds lite is an extremely delicate device, thus, needs to be treated with extreme care. Additionally you may experience problems in regards to keeping the product clean, Thus I recommend you purchase a black Nintendo or, to purchase a separate spray which could be bought from ebay, allowing you to keep your product in a clean and beautifully shiny condition.
My two children have a pink DS Lite. We upgraded to the DSi, but sold it within a few weeks, as the build quality was poor and the extra functions were tacky. And no gameboy advance slot either in the DSi.
The DS LIte remains a firm favourite.
The build quality is solid, though there are forums where people do claim the corner hinges get broken, but not so far touch wood here.
The stylus pens to start to become loose in their slots the more times they are taken out, and the screen does become slightly cloudy over time with stylus use. Games such as Mario at the Olympics where you rub the stylus over the screen fast and repeatedly does not help.
But with strong battery life, great sspeaks and a whole host of inexpensive and good resolution games it really makes a change to the 1980s when I only had Game and Watch Donket KOng. I bought one recently and sold it on after 20 minutes playing with it. The DS LIte is a computer in your pocket.
Game prices range from £5 to £35, but the Mario games are by far the most popular. The console itself can be bought for around £60 new and £30 second hand.
The colours choice is now impressive - dozens of colours and special effects, and the accessories (bags, game cases, console cases, stickers etc are infinite.
The DS lite is a portable console that you buy games to play on it.
The console has a pen that pulls out from the bottom which enables you touch the bottom screen. The top screen cannot be touched you just see whats happening in the game on that screen e.g. score etc. The pen is handy because your fingers don't work on the touch screen.although I did lose them alot because I always forgot to put them back in the slot.
There are many types of games that you can play on this.
brain games etc
I enjoy playing brain games as I get really into them. Cooking Mama is a good game to play it teaches you to cook and I get really into it as its fun making dishes from all over. The Imagine Collection of games is good because it allows you to imagine what it would be like doing different careers.
This console is not only for children adults can use it to. you can organise you day to day routine on this portable console.
You can get this console between 90 to 140 pound. it all depends on weather you want it first hand or second.
The battery life is pretty good it last about 8 to 10 hours. the ds lite is easy to set up. All you have to is switch it on put in your name, date, gender, age etc then it will all be set up for you. you put the game in then your ready to play.
Games for this console vary because you can get games for as little as 5 pound but some games cost as much as 30-40 pound. This is a disadvantage because games can add up if you like playing.
The DSlite also enables you to play Gameboy Advance games. They fit in the big socket at the front of the console. I have a bugs bunny game that I had on Game boy advanced that I used to play on my DS it works just as good although the game sticks out alot a the front which can be annoying.
For better, or for worse, Nintendo has had a lasting impact on my childhood. I can still remember the pure joy I felt when I became the proud owner of my Game Boy Color, and cannot forget the hours of intense gameplay I got from my upgraded Game Boy Advance. Consequently, being the owner of a Nintendo DS was only a matter of time for me, and one Christmas day in 2006, I received my own Nintendo DS Lite.
About the DS Lite...
The DS Lite fits comfortably on my outstretched palm, and is not at all heavy in my opinion. It is a well designed console, looking far sleeker and tidier than its older brother, the Nintendo DS. With the lid shut, the DS Lite is incredibly compact, allowing it to be easily carried around, while also making a protective case for the dual screens inside. The stylus is stowed away safely and discretely in a small hole on the underside of the console, which is tight enough to keep the stylus in place, but not so tight to make it difficult to remove.
One of the most distinctive changes of the DS models from previous Game Boy series was the size of the DS games. Nintendo decided to go micro when they released DS games, making them little bigger than a stamp, and less than a cm in depth. However, happily, two game slots are included on the underside of the DS Lite - one for DS games, and one for Game Boy Advance games (although sadly not Game Boy/Game Boy Color games).
Upon opening the DS Lite, aside from the obvious difference of having two backlit screens (7.6cm/3" display) as opposed to one (that had no backlight if you had anything other than an SP), the console very much resembles that of the Game Boy series. With a familiar control pad on the left, A & B buttons on the right (joined by X & Y), as well as 'Start' and 'Select', Game Boy veterans had very little to adjust to in terms of button bashing. Even the left and right triggers found at the upper corners of the bottom lid of the console found their way over from the Game Boy Advance. Of course, the biggest adjustment to make was that of having a stylus. Control pad, A & B buttons AND having to hold a stylus?! How would we ever cope? While it does take some getting used to holding the DS Lite in your left hand, and tapping the touch screen with the right, it is soon picked up, and you'll find that most games either opt to primarily use a stylus or to focus mainly on button play, while some give you the option to switch between either.
Range of games
The range of games for DS consoles are...well...just plain disappointing in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, there are some that are absolute gems. However, these few are overwhelmingly outnumbered by a lot that are just plain boring and unimaginative. I think I can demonstrate this point most clearly by citing two of my favourite games, 'New Super Mario Bros.' and 'Mario Kart DS'. Both are currently in the top 10 Amazon bestseller list for DS as I write this, and have been in the top 100 games for DS in excess of 2000 days, or to put it simply, for the past 5 years. While I do not deny that they are both addictive and fun games, to me, this demonstrates clearly that there has been a distinct lack of gripping, must-have games released for the DS consoles.
In fact, it is quite clear by browsing through the games available for the DS, that this has become a very casual gaming console. On the one hand, the DS is dominated by cutsie pet games such as 'Nintendogs', 'Zhu Zhu Pets' and various 'Hello Kitty' pieces of nonsense, while on the other hand, there is a huge amount of puzzle games available, ranging from 'Brain Training' to 'Puzzler World' to 'Jewel Quest'. While these games are suited to younger players, and a maturer audience (my mum has a DS, and she'd never have considered getting a Game Boy of any description), I feel that Nintendo have alienated the old Game Boy fans, with a distinct lack of good platform games.
Despite this, I feel I am being a little harsh on the console, as there have been some games that I have thoroughly enjoyed, and being a lover of puzzles myself, there are some games that have really worked my brain. Some of these include: the Professor Layton series, Pokemon White, Pokemon HeartGold, Picross etc.
On a full charge, my DS Lite lasts about 6 hours, which I think is a reasonable amount of time to play on a journey, away from a mains power source. However, the DS Lite's battery life can be increased by dimming the brightness of the screen. I, however, take no chances, and have a mains plugs, as well as a car charger (bought separately) to ensure that, no matter how I'm travelling, I won't run out of battery.
Over the years, it is fair to say that the DS Lite has been tested to the limits. Clumsy as I am, I have dropped it a number of times, gotten water on it, and have probably not been the nicest owner in the world. Despite this, it still looks great and unmarked (although this might have something to do with the fact that it's black). The speakers still work as well as they ever did, giving a nice clear audio sound (or annoying if you don't like gaming music), whereas I managed to kill my old Game Boy Color's, probably through over use.
However, one thing that has not quite stood the test of time has been the touch screen. Over years of use, the touch screen is now quite badly de-calibrated, despite my efforts to re-calibrate it via the menu many a time. While I can still select things by touching the screen, in games where precision is important, it gets annoying trying to work out how far away you have to position your stylus to get an accurate touch on the screen.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with my DS Lite, and I can't lie - I initially had my doubts about getting one myself. I just could not see how a point and click type of console was going to improve on what was already a perfect method of play, developed by the Game Boy series. Sure, the DS Lite looks and feels nice, but at the end of the day, it is the enjoyment gotten from the games that is the most important thing in a games console. For me, the range of games I'd like to see just aren't available.
Nowadays, the console will cost you in the region of £109.99 (Amazon.co.uk), coming in colours such as black, white, bright pink, red, and metallic blue. Prices of games range massively, from £3.35 for something like 'Cooking Guide' to £44.99 for 'Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo'.
Ultimately, I would suggest that you thoroughly have a good look at the games available before deciding if this is really the console for you. If you are a casual gamer, then there is an abundance of games that will be right up your street, and it may be worth considering if you would like the extra features that come on the DSi models, such as an integrated camera. However, if casual gaming is not your thing, then I would say that this is one to avoid.
A few years ago just like everybody I know I got into the Nintendo DS. It seemed it was being advertised by famous people all the time on the television and was the new must have gaming system to have. It came out in 2004 so it has been around for quite a while now and I think mine was one of the original ones so in gaming terms its quite old. Simply put, the Nintendo DS is a handheld portable video game system. This is the reason why I got one, a few years back I commuted to London for work and so wanted something I could do on the train that would keep me entertained during my journey and in fact that was the idea most other people had too because I would see lots of people always playing on their DS. According to an article I read, as of September 30, 2011, all Nintendo DS models combined have sold 149.00 million units, making it the best selling handheld game console to date, and second best selling video game console overall, behind the PlayStation 2.
I went for the white coloured DS but nowadays I believe you can get them in all sorts of colours to match your own individual style. What I like about my DS is that it folds down in half and so is quite small, a bit bigger than your average phone and so slips into your bag nicely and when folded it also keeps the screen protected and safe. Once open the top half of the DS is the screen which is somewhat small but in my opinion large enough for you to see what you are doing on each game you play.
On the bottom portion of the DS is your control pad. This features four lettered buttons (X, Y, A, B), a directional pad, and Start, Select, and Power buttons. The DS also comes with a stylus which is basically a little plastic pen. This slots into a hole at the top of the DS and sort of clips in so you never have to worry about losing it. You use your stylus to write on the touchscreen as most games you play on the DS require you to tap things or write things etc. The stylus is quite thin and a bit fiddly to hold as its not as big as a regular pen but it always works well and you do not need to press very hard to make a mark on the screen.
The only games I really ever bought for this in the end was the Brain training which I found really quite fun and challenging and just what I needed to wake me up in the morning when I was on the train. This game involved doing mathematics sums, timed games, looking at colours etc, basically using your brain and Tetris which is my all time favourite game ever as I love the repition of the tiles falling and the challenge to clear the screen. The DS was perfect for this but now to be honest I really don't play on it anymore as I just don't have the time and for me playing on the Wii or the Playstation 2 has taken over in terms of fun and playing with other people but at its launch it was a rally fun hand held game machine
My battery life was always quite good on this and I generally didn't need to charge it for a few days if I used it everyday. Apparently a fully charged DS will last for about 10 hours solid game play which I think is quite good battery life and I never had it die on me which is nice.
This one is to blame for my recent on-line absence... I love it (repeat this 100 times to get the feel of what I feel about it).
As the new 3DS hit the market and as it recently "suffered" in a price drop so did its predecessor Nintendo DS Lite. I was thinking about getting myself a handheld for quite a while but never, until recently have I gone through with it. Now 3DS did seem appealing but I think it still does not offer as much as I would want from a 3D handheld and games that I was mainly interested in do not need 3D to be awesome so I opted for a DS Lite (since DSi costs almost the same as 3DS). I snatched myself an used and refurbished to mint condition DS Lite for Euro60 from Ebay - if I had more patience or would have settled with a different colour I might have gotten it for even less. This was an amount of money that seemed reasonable for me to spend for a handheld. Surprisingly (for me) these ones still sell like honey.
Did I mention I love it?
Now the screens are quite small, each of them is 3", later DS models feature larger screens - I admit I was a bit afraid these won't do it for me since my phone has a bigger screen but after a few minutes of playing my first DS game (Pokemon Pearl) the size of the screens seems just perfect! The picture is clear, graphics surprisingly good. The lover screen is touch screen and you operate it with a stylus that comes with the console - the screen is really responsive and precise.
You play games with a cross pad, a,b,x,y buttons, start, select buttons and L and R buttons combined with stylus. First I thought that taking the stylus in and out will be a bit of a hassle with games that have combined use but I soon realized that it comes very natural - for example with Pokemon Pearl I can fight battles either with keys only or with combination with stylus and I don't even realise when stylus gets in my hands, it just is there and I just touch, touch and touch.
Whenever you play a game and need to finish it up quickly you can just close the console and it goes to sleep mode.
I am surprised at the battery life this console has, at full screen brightness the battery lasted for more than 7 hours! Charging time is 3 hours, a bit long but you can play games while charging.
This console does not have internet browser sadly but a special cartridge for that can be purchased (soon to be in my possession). It does have a wi-fi connection - although it is said that this is unlikely I had to manually set my connection - instructions on Nintendo official page were really clear though and my wi-fee was working fast enough.
It is quite light and sleek, quite handy to carry around to. It feels good in the hands and buttons are really responsive. It has a solid feel to it, I would not exactly be throwing it on the floor but it feels like it would not break.
It also has a slot for GBA games which is good, if you have any.
I personally love this one and do not regret buying it. If you value gameplay more than flashy graphics I would say that buying this DS model would be for you. It certainly was a good decision for me.
With impressive 3D rendered graphics and ultra-bright screens, Nintendo DS Lite delivers cutting-edge portable games for fans of any genre. Plus, you can connect wirelessly to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and challenge players around the world.