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Still the best handheld gamer
Nintendo DS Lite
Member Name: Reviewmasterz
Nintendo DS Lite
Advantages: Size and build quality
Disadvantages: Shame it cannot play video
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.
Summary: The best gamer for children up to 13 years old