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I've had my original Nintendo DS now for approximately 4 years and it has more than paid for itself with the hours of entertainment it has given me on train journeys, flights and on a lazy Sunday afternoons on the sofa. The double screen display is a bit of a throwback to the classic Donkey Kong Game and Watch of the 1980s, but the console itself is sturdy and easy on the eye. What distinguished the DS from preceeding handhelds was the introduction of a touch screen to play the games with the use of a stylus. Although this may seem like a bit of a gimmick, it is very responsive and works particularly well with the various puzzle and brain training games available on the console. The screen produces vibrant colours and the internal battery will allow for many hours of gaming when fully charged.
The software available for the DS is wide ranging and everyone can find something they enjoy. I think this was a conscious decision from Nintendo to try and make the DS have mass appeal... and it worked. Indeed, this was reflected in the marketing campaign that launched the DS platform. I still go round to my parent's house to find my dad playing Scrabble or Brain Training on his original DS, which shows Nintendo achieved its aim of expanding the console's demographic. There is also a huge variety of games for kids with and adaptations of classics, such as Mario, Zelda and the Final Fantasy series. A really unique game I would recommend is Hotel Dusk, a game where you play an investigator who is trying to uncover details on the mysterious disappearance of your former colleague.
I do remember playing a not so enjoyable WWE game, where it seemed to use the use the touchscreen more because it could rather than adding value to the game. However, this was more down to individual game than the DS console itself.
There have been upgrades to the DS from its original form through to the newer 3DS, which goes to highlight the mileage this handheld console has. I, however, am happy with my original DS console and have never felt the need to upgrade. If you are on a budget, you can pick this console and games up for a very reasonable price and it is certainly worth the money.
I'm not much of a gamer usually, but this console changed my opinion of games consoles altogether! I'm 21, and was 18 when I was given my Nintendo DS for Christmas - I was immediately hooked on a game called Professor Layton (a detective, puzzle type game), and further impressed by the vast amount of games and brain trainers available to play.
For a start the console is small and compact, therefore great for taking around with you. I found it great to play on trains when I was travelling to and from university - its a little different from reading (if you're the travel sick type), and the sound can be turned off, or earphones inserted so as not to annoy the rest of the train!
Further, there are loads of accessories you can buy for the DS; cases to keep it safe and undamaged (with compartments for different games); various different stylus's (I have a Dr Who sonic screwdriver one...) and loads more. AND the DS's come in a range of colours for the fashion conscious!
But the best thing about these consoles has to be the sheer amount of games that you can play - there really is something for everyone! I have ones for cooking, brain trainers, and even an Avatar game. I have family who have their own DS's and are often seen on murder mysteries, or Bargain Hunt (yes- Bargain Hunt!), so there is a great deal of options for the older generations - not just kids.
It is very refreshing to see such a range of games, and not just violent, rifle-wielding nonsense that you often see on the shelves for other consoles.
The only downside is the price of games, at around thirty pounds each. But there are ways around this; once the game is finished you can sell it on, or buy used games. They are as good as new - the old owner deletes their games and you have a pretty much perfect games at a fraction of the price!
I got my Nintendo DS years ago when I was around 12 years old. At that time it was lots of fun and it still is now. I had a huge variety of moderately cheap games to choose from, lots of variety and it was easy to pick up and play at any time. One of my favourite things about the Nintendo DS is how truly convenient it is. There are no other consoles that you can play on the train, as a passenger in a car, or just if you're sitting down on the sofa having a rest after work.
The games are so varied. I have an array of 'Brain Training' games which I play daily to give myself a 'brain workout' and to have something to do when I'm bored. Sudoku is an excellent time waster when you've got hours to kill that is fun and a bit more than you're mindless computer game. The Nintendo DS is not just confined to intellectual games however as a huge number of 'action' games, murder mysteries, crime solving, lots of MarioKart/Party games, and lots of games for children such as Phineas and Ferb, Spongebob Squarepants and many other child favourites.
The console is easy to get to grips with, the only buttons are A, B, Y, X and arrows, as well as Start, Select and a left and right trigger. The majority of the gaming is done via the touchscreen pad in the centre by use of a stylus but there are games on the market where it possible to play with the buttons alone. This makes getting used to playing the console much easier and gaming much more enjoyable.
There is also a simple multiplayer option by using wifi which gives you the fun of playing with friends without the often difficul and confusing online feature of other consoles.
Overall, the Nintendo DS is a good console to have and there's a huge variety of games available for all different kinds of people, but i personally think that it is more suited to children or those interested in a less intense gaming experience. The way in which DS works is very simplistic and so it would impossible to get the same experience as a larger more elaborate console such as the Xbox 360. However, the DS still has many other advantages, namely its compact size and ease of use making it usable by people of all ages. Therefore, the DS is definitely a good buy, but the amount of time you actually spend using it depends on the sort of gamer you are and what you are looking for in a console.
The Nintendo DS is quite a unique console because it has 2 screens one of which is a resistive touchscreen. It is fairly old now however games are still being produced and sold for it and its newer siblings.
The DS itself:
The DS is a fairly chunky piece of equipment which comes in a variety of colours. It is a very sturdy console that withstands drops, bumps and scratches with ease. There are two sharp colour screens on the inside along with a d-pad and 4 very plasticky buttons. There are also two bumpers on the outside of the console. The console also has a stylus, a headphone jack and it is also wifi enabled (Disappointing that only WEP supported)
There is pretty much NO preinstalled software on the DS which is very disappointing when considering the price. The only built in software is Pictochat where you can scribble messages to other DS's within a very short radius. It is quite entertaining for a while but gets boring with its lack of colours and activities. Another extremely disappointing aspect to the Software is the fact that you have to shutdown the console everytime you make a change to the settings or change to a different program/game.
Graphics are quite disappointing in this day and age of Next-Gen consoles and smartphones. For comparisons sake it seems to be a glorified version of Playstation One graphics. A good example of the lack of power is Brain Training where the Doctor's head is very blocky and looks like a flat football.
There are loads of games available ranging massively in quality and content. The majority of the games do however look like they were made by a 13 year old in a back bedroom simply because they lack any sort of storyline.
The classic Nintendo games are still available for the DS such as Mario, Wario etc.
The nintendo ds is a handheld console that is very light and portable and I carry it everywhere with me. it is especially good when on long journeys on the train or travelling on an aeroplane.
The ds has a dual screen. The bottom screen is used to aid gameplay by using the pen that it comes with to play the game while the top screen can only be used to view. So for example if you are playing a trivual persuit, then the question would appear on the top screen and you can choose the answer on the bottom screen using the pen. Usually a multiple choice question.
The ds comes with two pens and one of the pens can be slotted and fitted in a slot on the ds so that it does not get lost.
The ds comes in a range of colours.
wifi - so can play games across the world with other people
The many games played on this include mario, pandoras box and others. Games retail at about £20 and they come as a cartridge which slots in the back of the ds. Gameplay is instant, does not take long to set up a game.
The ds also comes with a case to keep safe and protect from any scratches. As well as a piece of material to clean the screens.
I would highly recommend this as there are plenty of games to choose from to suit everyones tastes from young children to adults.
I love this and it provides hours of entertainment. My favourite game is pandora. I can charge it overnight and then take it with me on the train. It makes the journey so much less stressful and enjoyable. I actually enjoy getting the train now and can't wait to play my games.
I like having many games consoles because each console offers a different amount of features and great games to play so I got the Nintendo DS original partially because it was given to me and because I enjoyed the games I was playing.
First what grabbed me was the variety of colours I picked the original black colour and when you consider there is white, red, blue and more you know there is an option open to all. Next what I liked was the fact you had two screens each on opposite sides which I believe are 3 inches each.
The one screen is touch screen meaning you can play games using a stylus and the opposite screen is there to help a game continue on further. You have the two screens which is nice and then you have the control pad as well with the arrows and on the outside is the charger and the other buttons needed for some games.
You have a microphone on the console where you blow into sometimes for games because your interacting as much as possible so there is plenty to do with the console. Next comes the games where you have cartridges which go into the back and the games are lightweight and easy to store so right now all things look good.
I have even got a console sticker for my console as well which was Mario and the reason for that was because of the hand prints I kept putting on around. You play a game and the screen gets dirty quickly with marks from your hands and more happens all the time when you play.
I put the stickers there to stop the fingerprints and potential scratch marks as well. I have even got a case to put the Nintendo DS inside so if the product falls to the floor it is protected.
You can use the console to play against friends if you wish which is fun and the other good part is you can even go online although I admit I have never done that yet so cannot make a comment. I find the charging section decent and easy to use and with the game having so many ways of playing it is a great thing to have.
What is good is that this console can be charged inside a home or in a car and you have the ability to carry it around as well so it is like a mini gameboy in some ways but slightly better.
The battery life can last all day as well and this was the case a few days ago but it can take a while to charge sometimes which can leave to annoying problems but overall how long the battery lasts is quite impressive.
You even have a slot underneath the console to place the stylus as well. I think they covered all the basics well and the games they have are usually pretty varied and nicely designed. I dislike how the console is heavy on one side and the other is the complete opposite but otherwise I really do like this console and even though this is the original and there has been better and slimmer versions out I like starting with the vintage models sometimes, just the kind of character I am.
I have lots of games for my DS but my favourites have to be Brain Training and Nintendogs. As I was newlywed early on in 2009, we didn't own a TV so I played a LOT of this! Especially on the train to work!
It is portable, easy to use once mastered and uses voice recognition on a lot of it's games. You can also use GameBoy Advance games in this, which is a bonus if you're upgrading from the GameBoy Advance - means you're not having to fork out for extra games, which is always a bonus!
It will come with one stylus which you'll need to use for some of the games, but as a lot of them are voice activated I have found I didn't use my stylus a lot. You can just as easily use your fingers for the games, too. It also has a double screen.
I found I could get a lot of second hand games at reasonable prices so I find this quite a great little hand held console and an even better little gift for a child or grandchild this Christmas.
What first attracted me to this was the touch screen and the screen is very sensitive and you can see both of the two screens easily in all light conditions. I feel having the two screens makes the game more exciting and a brilliant upgrade to the original gameboy all those years ago and very reliable.
To charge the battery you plug it in and I can reuse mine after about an hour and I am able to play with it for a while until it needs to be plugged in again.
When I look at the games I feel they are very child like sometimes but the games such as brain training and Mario kart are classics and very addictive. When playing Mario Kart you don't use the touch screen to play just the buttons.
The DS is small and is great for kids to take away on holiday especially if you have the carry case it can hold games as well.
When you play the puppy game you use the built in microphone and have the game recognise your voice I find this sometimes annoying it doesn't always recognise it and have to be careful of the pitch of your voice when you record it you can connect up to other DS's as for this game so your puppy can meet others.
The DS has a place at the back of it to put the DS stylus but I have found that you have to be careful with that otherwise it will fall out and I have lost many by storing them in their.
I have found the Nintendo DS an affordable, child friendly and the price not being to expensive and a great gift we did buy ours a few years ago so probably quite cheap now that the dsi and lite have been released.
I bought one of these on eBay when I first got a DS as I really liked the look of it and it would be unique here in the UK as it was never released here. This is a limited edition DS and although it is exactly the same as the original, it has a unique blue colour to it.
The Nintendo DS is an excellent console and in my opinion a lot more fun than the PSP. It has always been cheaper and there are a lot of good games for it. You can never beat the classic Mario-style games on the portable Nintendo consoles and they're all back on the Nintendo DS.
I must say there have been two versions released since this, including the Nintendo DS Lite and the Nintendo DSi. The Lite is a lot smaller with slightly bigger backlit screens. The DSi has a built in camera, which brings about many more features.
This leads me on to the main drawback of this console, which is that the screen is not backlit. I used to sit outside or in a conservatory when it was a nice bright and sunny day and played my DS. The problem was, I could barely see the screen! The newer DS versions are a lot better as you can clearly see the screen even in bright conditions.
The DS has quite a nice design. It's a flip console so the screens are protected. DS stands for dual screens - there are two. One of which is the standard screen for viewing and another on the bottom main part is a touch screen, which enhances loads of games and opens up many opportunities for games. I think Nintendo and other creators have made great use of the touch screen with a good range of games. Ones such as brain training enable you to write onto the screen and the clever technology enables the DS to notice what you have written and register it.
One of my favourite classics was WarioWare, which was a game that contained loads of mini games where you had to think quick and complete them. This was really addicting and I'd still recommend it today! There are plenty of great other games such as Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, which is a great addition to the Zelda series. You have a new Mario Kart DS game too and Animal Crossing was brought to the DS.
The Nintendo DS has a good range of buttons including a directional pad, A, B, X and Y buttons, start and select buttons and left and right triggers. The triggers aren't anything like you get on the Xbox 360 controller for example - they are small buttons but you can call them triggers. The power button is also on the front but the design has been changed with the later versions to make it more compact.
The DS also comes with a stylus, which is used with the touch screen. The guy who sold me this also sent a thumb strap, which came with the original DS. This was discontinued as no one used it and it wasn't useful for most games. It was wrapped round the tip of your thumb and had a touch pad for the touch screen.
The DS is great fun to play and this can be enhanced with the Wifi built in. You can play other players around the world and with games such as Pokemon, you can battle them and trade your Pokemon. It's a great feature and I'm pleased Nintendo finally introduced it in their handheld console. You do need a wireless router and connection to the internet however. I'd certainly recommend this DS specifically due to it's unique colour. However in comparison to the latest versions, it must lose a star for the screen not being backlit as it really restricts play in bad lighting!
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I was given my Nintendo DS for Christmas way back in 2005, mine came as a bundle with Nintendogs Labrador and Friends. At the time of recieving it I hadn't had much experience with gaming consoles and none at all of handhelds. I was very surprised at just how easy it was to use, however at the time of release it was quite expensive at over £100. Though I suppose you get what you pay for.
Now I look back on it, the style was rather chunky and old fashioned but at the time I thought it was the bee's knees! I got my DS in the blue colour and fell in love with it, the surface of the DS was slightly shiny and the colour had a touch of metalic sheen about it. The actual console was comfy to hold in my hands but I know of some people who had trouble with the hinge on theirs, many of my friends suffered from broken screens and snapped hinges, although I never suffered any breakages of mine.
The screens were just of the right size and you had the option to adjust the brightness, though even on the brightest setting it wasn't as bright as the later DS versions. The stylus was one of my few annoyances about the console, to me they were just too small and spindly. A chunkier stylus would have been much better but at the time I suppose the whole DS thing was a work in progress. I found the buttons on the console very tactile and I actually prefered the power button where it was on the original DS as to where they placed it on the side of the DS Lite. The screens did mark easily so I invested in some screen protectors which did the job. The console had a nice weight to it and didn't feel fragile which I think is better for a handheld.
In the beginning the battery life was very good, I played on mine all of Christmas day and the battery only just started to run out later on in the evening. But as with all things, the battery life did decrease the more my console was used. I had my DS for over 3 years before I upgraded to a DS Lite, in that time I had no problems at all. It was very reliable, never broke or anything. My DS converted me to a handheld fanatic! Now I couldn't be without my DS. :)
The original DS is quite a chunky piece of equipment, but still works well. The battery life lasts for quite a while but seems to get worse and worse the more you use it. Wireless play against other DS users also makes the battery run out quickly.
The DS can play game boy games, which is quite hand as you only need to carry one thing around. You play the game boy games just like you would on a game boy, so it's fairly easy.
There is a built in feature called picto chat on the DS which lets other people with DS's ( including DS lite and DSi) talk to each other and draw pictures. This is quite fun although the range is only about 15 metres.
DS Download Play is another built in feature. It lets you download demo's from other DS user's games or download the software to play against them.
There are two screens the top screen is a standard screen and the bottom screen is a touch screen. You can use the stylus to tap the touch screen or use your fingers. In my opinion the touch screen is quite responsive.
I cannot comment on game play because depending on the game depends on if they decide to use all of the nintendo DS's features
The nintendo ds is a handheld console created by nintendo. It has a flip lid and is just chunky enough so it doesnt snap in your hands but slim enough so it doesnt way you down or look horrible.
The bottom screen of the ds is a touch screen. This is the most noticably feature of the ds. The ds comes with a slim plastic stylus which is like a small pen. This is used to play games. Many games do not require a stylus to play and can be played completley with the buttons though about half the games do need the stylus.
The ds itself has a few features built in. It has a clock,alarm and calendar. There is a chat feature called pictochat though it is not that useful as it is cannot be used over wi-fi and the maximum wireless range is around 20 metres meaning that if you can connect to someone you are probably pretty much in talking range anyway. Also typing in pictochat takes a long time.
The ds is capable of playing gameboy advance games as well but unfortunatley is not able to play gameboy or gameboy colour games. There is an option to choose whether ba games are played on the top or bottom screen.
Many games feature a download play option allowing for multiple players to play a game with only one game card. Mario kart allows 8 players to play with only one game card. But unfortunatley using this option reduces the amount of playable tracks from 32 to 8. Also all players must play as shy guy. Some games however are great with this option. Mario party for example lets you play the entire game in multiplayer with only one game card for up to 4 players.
The touchscreen itself is usually quite accurate with the occaisional hicup every now and then. The ds itself is mainly catered at younger children though people of all ages will enjoy it. It has series such as mario,pokemon,zelda for the kids and If your older there are games like assassins creed.
The microphone on the otherhand is quite annoying. Most games that just involve blowing into it are sometimes annoying but games like nintendogs where it registers you saying specific words are extremley annoying.
The graphics on the system are quite good but no where near as good as the psp. It has graphical capabilities about halfway between the n64 and gamecube.
There are alot of games for this system and It feels much more of a multiplayer console then the psp. The sound quality is slightly worse then the psp also. The ds has alot less features then the psp but is usually cheaper and alot more fun with friends.
I share a nintendo DS with my husband (thought it was pointless to buy 2), and it's actually one of the only games consoles I will sit and occasionally play on for hours, (I'm not a big gamer).
We have a mario game and the basic brain training game and it's really fun.
I wouldn't say that we use this all the time, it can often sit in a drawer for months, but it's a games console that I won't get rid of.
This console is absolutely brilliant for flights and airports, and any situation where you are going to be waiting around. It has a volume control so no one has to hear the annoying game songs and sound effects.
The little stylus pen fits into a slot in the back of the console, which is very handy, and the whole thing is small enough to fit in a handbag. It is also quite light, which is great.
When we purchased ours it cost about £150 but I'm not sure how much it is currently, but I would say it is a good investment as it's something everyone can play.
The games for a nintendo DS tend to vary in price from about £25 to £40, but you can get used games from lots of websites at a fraction of the cost.
I am not really a games console person, but I can use this easily and I'm sure even the older generation would be able to get a lot of enjoyment out of one of these consoles. There are a huge amount of games as well, and I think there really is a game for everyone.
I would really recommend this console to anyone.
The original Nintendo DS is a portable system built like a tank and perfect for kids even today because its significantly cheaper, functions just as well as the new versions, and is can withstand a lot more wear and tear.
DS stands for dual screen. Both screens are bright LCDs but the lower one is the touch screen. Using the stylus you gain an unpredecented amount of interactivity never before seen in portable gaming which really enhances the appeal of the game. If the game is about cooking for instance, the stylus can be used as a spoon to mix ingredients. If the game is about solving puzzles or math problems, you can write your answer in.. or doodle images.
The DS is also compatible with Gameboy Advanced games. Sadly it does not play Gameboy or Gameboy Color titles. Other functions of the DS system include an alarm system so the DS can be used as a clock. Its got a built in calendar too. It even has a special wireless chatroom where you can connect with players nearby. I think I heard a news report saying people up to 300 feet away can enter these DS chatrooms. You can chat or draw with friends or siblings in them. You have the option to have GBA games either play on the top or bottom screen also.
There's a download and play feature which also works wirelessly. It can be used to in some DS games to allow other people to play multiplayer modes with someone without all of them owning the game. 1 game can download onto other systems. If you have a Wii hooked up to the internet, you can even play demos of DS games with download and play right on your DS!
The games available are of a wide diversity and are almost all family friendly. There is also a growing number of educational games out for the DS and from what I understand, its a system that is really appealing to females and beginning to really usher in more female gamers with its games that can satisfy the tastes of people of all ages.
One negative thing I can say is that the games offer WiFi compatibility for some games which allows you to go online to play against friends or random players around the world for free, however a lot of times you'll experience lag that really interferes with playing.
The DS (or Dual Screens) is a handheld made by Nintendo to followup from the Gameboy.
The DS handheld has changed quite dramatically from the Gameboy, most notably it has gained a second screen. The design isn't the most visually appealing especially compared to the later releases. The console comes in a matt silver colour with the back of it being black. The plastic doesn't look very good and the unit itself is quite bulky .
In the box with your Nintendo DS comes the handheld console itself, 2 Nintendo DS stylus, the power adaptor, instruction manuals and a code to register the console and gain some Nintendo Stars. Everything you need to get started apart from your first DS game!
The big new feature with the DS is it comes two screens with one of them being a touch screen, this allows you to more directly interact with your games, by stroking your puppy in Nintendogs by rubbing the touch screen. In more traditional games it can simply be used as a handy map or inventory for example.
The Nintendo DS has full backward compatibility with all exisiting Gameboy Advance games (sadly no support for the original Gameboy and Gameboy Colour) which you can choose to play either on the upper or lower of the dual screens. Playback is smooth and works with no issues, if you were using the original Gameboy Advance console your experience may even be enhanced by the backlit screens that the DS has.
The Nintendo DS now has a very strong lineup of titles from Nintendo, from New Super Mario Brothers a remake of the classic series, Pokemon Diamond the next instalment in the Pokemon franchise. The console also has very strong support from third parties with games like Final Fantasy being remade exclusively for the system.
The Nintendo DS handheld is an excellent piece of technology which offers exciting new ways to play your games.
With impressive 3D rendered graphics, Nintendo DS delivers portable games for fans of any genre. Plus, you can play all your favorite Game Boy Advance games in a single-player mode.
With Nintendo DS, dual screens and touch-screen technology allow you to interact with games like never before. Wireless communication allows you to experience real-time multiplayer game play, while built-in PictoChat software gives you the power to draw, write and send messages wirelessly.
Two LCD screens offer one of the most groundbreaking game play advances ever developed. Imagine the possibilities. In a racing game, you might see your own vehicle's perspective on one screen and an overall track view on the other.
The lower screen offers something never before provided by any dedicated game device: touch-screen capabilities. You no longer have to rely on just buttons to move your character or shift perspectives. Navigate menus or access inventory items simply by touching the screen with a stylus or fingertip. The touch screen features a tougher film cover for durability, and the included stylus is stored in the back of the unit.
A built-in microphone port means that with Nintendo DS, you only need to tell your games what to do. Communication-based games could use the microphone and you can chat with others over a local network, or even the Internet in the future.
Nintendo DS sound capabilities allow for greatly expanded use of voices and music, and a richer, more immersive game experience. Stereo speakers allow for virtual surround sound and a plug for headphones transmits stereo sound. Hear something in your left headphone? Audio clues can give you advance warning that an enemy is approaching or that a hidden secret is nearby. Sound can be one of the most immersive components of any video game, and Nintendo DS delivers big sound in a small package.