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Nintendo DS Lite Handheld Console (Black)

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by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 3 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Dual Screens open up new possibilities - use the touch screen as an inventory reference for role-playing games, to view maps for your favourite strategy game, or see racing action from two perspectives at once
  • Navigate menus or access inventory items simply by touching the screen with stylus or fingertip
  • Tough film over touchscreen protects it
  • Advanced 3D graphics engine and 16-channel audio, for graphics and Sound that are superior to other portable game systems
  • All-new PictoChat feature allows DS users to write messages with an on-screen Keyboard or the stylus and send them wirelessly
  • Built-in Microphone port for voice control of games, or for voice chat with other DS players
  • Less than two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS
  • More than 20 percent lighter than original DS
  • 4 adjustable brightness levels to extend battery life
  • Repositioned microphone and LED lights
  • Stylus has been redesigned--now 1cm longer and 1mm thicker
  • Repositioned start and select buttons
  • Available in 3 cool colours
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000FTQR8K
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 440 g
  • Release Date: 23 Jun 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description Review

In a nutshell:
It may have taken the world by storm with its huge range of genuinely innovative new games but there’s no denying that the Nintendo DS is not exactly the most portable of portable consoles. That’s all changed now with this sleek and sexy update.

The lowdown:
When the Nintendo DS was first announced it was dismissed by many as a white elephant – with a gimmicky interface and underpowered graphics. Over 15 million sales later and the story is a little different. The DS Lite is fully compatible with all existing Nintendo DS (and Game Boy Advance) games but it’s smaller, sleeker and lighter – with a new design that perfectly matches the Nintendo Wii console. The most impressive feature is the new backlit screens which offer the sharpest image ever seen on a portable console. The DS Lite is available in three separate colours: White, Black and Pink.

Most exciting feature:
The DS Lite now has four brightness settings – the highest is brighter than even the PSP and is clearly visible in any lighting condition. That sound? That'll be Sony executives running to the hills - wearing sunglasses.

Since you ask:
The Nintendo DS is the fast selling console ever in Japan. When the DS Lite was released, it sold out instantly, with queues of over 1,000 people a common sight.

The bottom line:
The DS gets a face lift to become Nintendo’s best looking portable ever. - Harrison Dent

Product Description

The smaller, sleeker version of the original Nintendo DS, the Nintendo DS Lite combines dual screen action with Touch Screen interaction, providing the player with a unique gaming experience. The system also includes wireless communication technology, allowing gamers to join their friends in multiplayer games, or use the system's embedded PictoChat software to send messages and drawings to each other. The Nintendo DS Lite is revolutionising handheld gaming. With two super-sharp, backlit LCD screens, the Nintendo DS Lite offers a groundbreaking new approach to gaming. Each 3-inch screen is capable of producing true 3D graphics; the DS has the power to produce even more advanced visuals than the Nintendo 64 could display. Plus you can adjust the screens' brightness in four different levels to adapt to different lighting conditions. The possibilities are limitless - one screen can be used to show the main action, while another might be used as a map, inventory, or secondary viewpoint - or both screens can be used simultaneously to depict huge boss characters! With a powerful rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and recharger included with every Nintendo DS Lite, the system offers up to 19 hours of play on a single recharge*; so there's no need for additional battery packs. Nintendo DS Lite recharges to full capacity in three hours - one hour less than Nintendo DS. The system also includes a clock, calendar and alarm functions, and you can select other details like the colour of the background screen, your birthday and your nickname. *Nintendo DS Lite battery life is dependent on brightness setting used.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 18 July 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ahhh... Nintendo. Nobody can beat Nintendo when it comes to the handheld gaming market. Nokia had a go with the N-Gage. I've only ever seen one N-Gage. And Sony had a slightly more respectable go with the PSP, which, while fun, broke fairly easily, became scratched and generally fell out of favour among those who wanted a more pick-up-and-play gaming experience.
The DS Lite improves on Nintendo's original release by making the console thinner, lighter and considerably better to look at. It's clear the Japanese gaming gurus took onboard all of the initial criticisms (of which there were not many) and built something that defies all expectations of handheld gaming.

To start with: the graphics. 2d graphics are crystal clear with bright, vibrant colours and a great resolution. The majority of DS games use a 2 dimensional system which, although not as good looking as 3d graphics, still work astonishingly well withing the context of the games. 3d graphics come as standard a lot more on later DS games as it's capabilities were put to better use, but graphics are not quite on par of those on the PSP.

The sound out of the DS is also fairly impressive. Sporting a pair of small speakers- one on either side of the upper screen- the DS is capable of producing stereo sound. For those who like their sound crisper, the DS also has a headphone port. The volume control is on the closest edge of the DS, meaning it is very difficult to change accidentally while playing a game.

The DS Lite is compatible with both DS cards and Gameboy Advance cartridges. Sadly, it is no longer compatible with the original gameboy cartridges as the Gameboy Advance was. As DS software is region-free you can play US or Japanese imports on your DS without having to resort to risky modifications.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young at Heart 8 July 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I don't do games. It's as simple as that. I can't be fussed with all the controls and if I do try to learn them, I'm rubbish at the games when I do figure them out. However, the DS Lite has changed all that. I bought it on a whim as I'm going to be spending a lot of time travelling soon, so I thought it would help with the boredom. I opened the box, set it up (without even reading the instructions!!!!) and have hardly put it down since! I mainly play the Brain Training (because I'm ancient), but have Super Mario Olympics too, and have even won some races - amazing...
No matter your age, ability, interests etc. Buy one of these. You won't regret it. It's compact, blissfully easy to use, and above all FUN! Go on. treat yourself.
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131 of 143 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Females and Comuters 8 Oct 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Nintendo are really trying to sell their DS to females and comuters (I'm female and a comuter). Having seen the DS advertised on the tube, I was keen on researching them to see if I would like it.

I haven't really played computer games since I was about 13 and I must say, its really come along way since then (I'm now 28).

Firstly, the DS lite is a lovely small size and fits nicely into your handband. In fact, its much smaller than a book. I love playing my DS on the tube it really makes the time fly by. Normally, on the tube, I read a book or listen to my ipod, so its a nice change to be able to do something different.

The games for the DS are great. My initial concern about getting a DS would be that the games were for males children. I'm not really into sports and fighting games but there are loads of games out and I'm sure you will find something you like. YOu can do puzzle games or even manage your own town, so games have come along way since the traditional view of games.

This review is written from the view of a female so it might not be helpful for everyone, but if you are thinking if getting a DS - I recommend it.
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technology is not so frightening! 26 Sep 2007
By snowman
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought a DS lite to play the brain training game - Not being one who played computer games in my youth, I found this console simple and easy to use. In fact, I am quite addicted to it! It holds its charge and is easy to charge. Nice bit of techno for the older gen!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun for your money 11 Dec 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have bought a DSlite for each of my brothers for christmas( so hope they don't read this!) and couldn't resist buying myself one as well. For the Gadget lover in your life this will take some beating.

The feel and finish is very much like the iPod and it is smaller than I expected, it just oozes quality. Unlike the Sony PSP the DS lite is truly pocket size.

I thought Nintendo games would be too babyish for me(37 yrs old!) but MariokartDS is fantastic. Its like Sega rally but with weapons and power-ups all in a cartoon style.It has new tracks but also all the old tracks from the SNES version for a bit of nostalgia. Its amazing fun to play! Also the brain training game is fun and makes me feel like I'm using whats left of my grey matter for a change.

You absolutely cannot beat this sort of thing for a fun christmas or birthday present, and Dont forget to get yourself one!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By David Precious TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Nintendo DS is a brilliant piece of kit.

Eschewing the normal focus on graphics, the console has been designed to be different - the dual screens are a refreshing change, and playing games with the touchscreen opens up a whole new world of gameplay.

The graphics on offer from most games are more than good enough to enjoy the game, but it's clear that the main focus is on playability - exactly as it should be!

The DS Lite takes the excellent DS design, and offers it in a smart-looking, compact device, with some upgrades to its capabilities and better battery life. There's now a wide range of DS games on offer (including some of the newer games which will only run on the DS Lite, requiring its higher performance).

Perhaps the best feature of all of the Nintendo DS is the wireless multiplayer facilities - with most games, you can sit down with your mates and play games wirelessly, and with many games you only need one game cartridge - not one copy of the game per player, as all other systems seem to require. The player with the game cartridge hosts the game, and all the other players download it using the wireless facility.

Grab yourself some multiplayer classics - Mario Kart, Bomberman, 42 All-time classics etc, and enjoy hours of multiplayer fun - you won't regret it.

You can play wirelessly with up to 8 friends (depending on the game) in one room (the coverage will normally work from room to room too), or over the net using the Nintendo Wifi Connection - Nintendo's online multiplayer gaming facility, matching you up with other players from across the globe.
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