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Nintendo DS Handheld Console (Silver)
- Nintendo DS Handheld Console (Silver)
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
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The Nintendo DS is no ordinary console. What on the face of it appears to be merely an upgraded Game Boy Advance is packed with a suite of never-before-seen features which make it unique within the gaming world.
The most obvious new feature is the two screens (DS stands for dual screen), the bottom of which is a touch screen. This makes an enormous difference to the way you play and interact with the game, as you use a stylus or the handy thumb strap to control the action.
The way this works in a game varies enormously, with first person shooter Metroid Prime: Hunters using the touch screen and D-pad to create a control system thats just as responsive as a PC keyboard and mouse. Other games, like Yoshis Touch & Go, have you actually drawing on the touch pad to create platforms, while other games use the extra screen to display inventory or map info.
But theres more to the DS than even that. It also has a built-in microphone (one new medical game has you operating on patients with the touch screen and reassuring them everythings going to be okay via the microphone) and it can be connected wirelessly to sixteen or more other consoles. Not only that but some games and utilities even allow it to connect online via Wi-Fi.
Although the DS is far more powerful than the GBA it can display 3D graphics somewhere between a Nintendo 64 and the GameCube--it is still backwards compatible, so you can play all your old GBA games in single player mode on the same console.
With a battery life of between 6 and 10 hours the Nintendo DS gets pretty much everything right. With a range of games that seem to offer far more originality and imagination than any other home or portable console this is could well be the most exciting new console of 2005. --David JenkinsSee all Product Description
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But this is a machine that very quickly endears itself to you.
The touch screen is genius - responsive and in the right game, a joy to use. At the moment, it can often feel too much of a gimmick and not enough of practical use, as games have been slow to utilise it in any meaningful way. However, there are the likes of Tiger Woods 2005 and WarioWare Touched that implement the touch screen and microphone brilliantly, and hopefully this will continue with new games.
The screens may not be large, but they have good backlight and are comfortable to look at for extended periods. The folding design protects the screens beautifully and keeps them nice and clean too. The speakers are surprisingly powerful, and the sound quality that the machine can produce is impressive. Battery life from the lithium-ion battery weighs in at around 8 hours or so, with a 4 hour charging time that's not too bad for a handheld.
The design of the console is good enough, but it can still be a bit cramped if you have adult-sized hands. Thumbs of steel are still the order of the day, as they have been for all other Nintendo handhelds, if you want to play for an hour at a time!
Build quality, despite the perhaps misleading feel of the plastic, is strong and feels pretty drop-resistant. Nintendo are now using cards rather than cartridges for games, and these cards are also tough and the complete lack of moving parts adds to the console's overall strength.Read more ›
Before yesterday I had been leaning towards the DS for a number of reasons. Firstly, I have a PS2, and I most of the titles coming out for the PSP will also be available on the PS2. Getting a DS would allow me to access a totally different set of games. Also, the main use of a hand-held for me would be on my daily commute to and from work. I need light-hearted pick-up-and-play games, which Nintendo do really well. The games available on Sony formats are typically more 'serious.' As well as being a games machine the PSP can also play MP3's and film. This is fantastic but in my case I already have an MP3 player, and watching films on the go is something that I am not fussed about. All I want my handheld for is games so if I got a PSP would not use these innovative functions. I have also heard reports here and on other sites of some flaws with the PSP, namely jamming buttons, over zealous ejection mechanisms and dead screen pixels. I have heard of no such problems with the DS. Some people harp on about the shorter battery life with the PSP, but this should be expected given it is a much more powerful machine.
Yesterday I went into a gaming shop during my lunch and they had a DS and were doing demos. They game they were using was Mario. I have to say that what I saw in the 30 or so minutes I was there knocked my eye out. The screen colours are vibrant and graphics excellent although admittedly short of PSP standard.Read more ›
First, it's clunky because it's well-made -- build quality is significantly higher than the Lite. Second, the bigger size allows a slightly but noticeably better sound/speaker system. Third, the size also means that if you play GBA games on your DS, the carts fit flush to the console, rather than sticking out as they do in the Lite. That mightn't sound like much, but it means you can leave a GBA cart in without worrying about it catching on something in your bag/pocket and damaging your DS.
Finally, some have complained about the D-pad on the DS Lite, claiming that it's harder to find the diagonal positions. I think that may be correct; but given that stylus control is likely to be the better option with most games that feature 8-way movement, it's unlikely to be a major issue.
It's not all good news, of course. Most importantly, the original screens look dingy compared to the Lite's stunning displays. Out-of-doors play is virtually impossible on the older console. The Lite's chubby stylus, side-mounted power switch and general aesthetic improvements also make it very desirable.
Still, you get a strap and spare stylus with the old DS, compared to no accessories whatsoever with the Lite. You also get to play exactly the same extraordinary games, on a console that will probably last longer than its sexier-looking sibling. The choice is yours -- just don't dismiss the original DS out of hand.
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Very poor description, very poor condition, not happy about this purchase at allPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
great value for money, my kids love it as it was one of the first handheld console that they hadPublished 4 months ago by mr k sumra