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Nintendo DS Lite - who needs 3D?
Nintendo DS Lite
Member Name: Neenawneenaw
Nintendo DS Lite
Advantages: Very portable, beautifully designed, touch screen technology and some great games available
Disadvantages: Tiny screen means no great graphics
My husband is a bit of a gadget freak - Wii, PS3, Xbox360 and now iPad - we've had them all and I rarely use them. We recently got the Nintendo DS 3D but I'm pretty much banned from touching it. The reason is, that when Mr Neenaw got the original Nintendo DS, and when he upgraded to the DS Lite I kind of annexed them for my own exclusive use. So, while gaming on most platforms leaves me fairly cold, the Nintendo DS is a different story and I find it highly addictive.
I like the tiny size of the DS. While it obviously has implications for screen size and graphics, when a game gets it right for the format you can't beat curling up with a DS on your lap and a cup of tea at your side! It's obviously designed to be highly portable, although to be honest it doesn't leave our home much. But when it does, it's easy and light to slip into a bag for a journey.
The other main reason I think I like the DS so much is the little control stick which you use to tap or slide on the screen to control game play. I'm not a big fan of the traditional button controls, especially for quick action games, and I've really taken to the DS's little stick, which slots neatly into the console when not in use. The dual screen is a nice feature - with a second screen on the inside of the console's flip up lid - doubling the screen space (although the 2nd screen is not touch sensitive).
As I mentioned you have to have the right game that doesn't rely on large screen and uber-cutting-edge graphics to make the game entertaining. Some of my favourites on the DS have been Legend of Zelda (I forget which one!), Civilization, Nintendogs (so cute!) and my absolute favourite of all time - Advance Wars. You see, I prefer a strategy to an action game any time!
One word of warning though - all those brain training games - absoloute pants!
Summary: Deservedly popular dual screen handheld console with touchscreen technology - I love it!
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