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Abysmally short battery life, smaller effective size of top screen
on 9 December 2013
After seeing several TV and on-line ads for this machine, it was bought by a relative as a probable solution to the eyestrain causing and sometimes headache-inducing 3DS. There is one inconvenience of the design and that is it is no longer pocketable; it is more intended for table-top use. A pouch may keep it clean and dust-free but it also needs to be carried. These less-than-positive 'features' were played-down.
Compatible with both DS and 3DS games, this appears to be the universal solution. It would be if the battery provided a useful length of play but it does not! Within little more than an hour or so, out came the charger out of necessity. That is unacceptable and it makes the player effectively unusable. Several hours of play time is possible with all the other DS players owned; this should offer at least equal or better due to recent battery improvements.
It was also an annoyance that the top screen appears to have an area about twice that of the lower, which would be fine if it was fully used; it is not and there is an all-round black border which dramatically reduces its usable area. It was at first thought to be game-related but changing to another made no difference. Nintendo may have rushed the release in order to get it out in time for Xmas 2013; the product clearly has problems which need sorting.
After a few days, it was returned as it was deemed unusable.