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"Something you shouldn't miss"
5 stars"

The Nintendo DS is something skeptical to look at, but thats the outer clamshell. What this device really is, is a wonderful way to play games. On the go. On the run. And all the more fun.

The DS is named DS for ‘dual screen’ odviously it has two screens, one for below and one for above. The bottom screen is a touch screen. Its amazingly responsive, not to mention it is used greatly enhance the gameplay experience.

The Speakers are astounding on it, with surround sound enabled you can actually hear a lot more, from left to right.

There is also an in built microphone that can listen to the users commands efficiently. With Nintendogs, I can command my dog to ‘sit’ ‘shake’ and ‘rollover’. I can also blow into it on Mario Kart to blow up my battle balloons. In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney I can yell for objection in my court cases.

It's embedded in a clamshell design that makes it damage proof when closed. One time I ran with it in my pocket and dropped it and it dragged along the concrete for a while. A few scratches, but the screen wasn't damaged at all.

The best part, I would have to say is the multiplayer component. Now equipped with Nintendo Wifi Connection, you can play Mario Kart and Tony Hawk Sk8land online. Not only that, but if you have a few mates around you with their DS, you can play an 8 player game with one DS card. One card, 8 DS, all can play! It uses a wireless connnection so ditch those wires.

I would say this device is THE best in portable gaming. The PSP doesn't actually fill the shoes the DS has in terms of gaming. In terms of multimedia, thats a different story.

"Strangely Satisfying"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

First of all I would like to mention that I own a PSP and now, a DS.

The very first thing you notice about the DS is that it appears to have a lower build quality than the PSP, most notably in the control buttons and d-pad all of which CLICK rather than depress. It's also noticeably lighter.

While each individual screen is smaller than the PSP screen, the overall screen space is ample. The sound quality of the built in speakers is superior to those of the PSP. Big tick mark!

Loading times “near instant”. HUGE tick mark!

Touch screen? You get the feeling that it's there to emulate mouse input, but it works well.

Built in mic? A neat feature. Necessary? Maybe not, but it does add functionality so it's a plus.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to get the DS is backward compatability with GB/GBA games. In fact I think the DS succeeds exactly where it needs to – portable gaming.

At the moment, I lean more towards my DS than my PSP. If the PSP ever get's a “killer app” then my loyalty would shift. I got the PSP around the week it released, but have only had my DS for less than a day and have used it more than my PSP.

That's what I call a recommendation.

BTW: DS games save to the game cart so no need to buy atrociously expensive memory cards for savegames. MASSIVE tick.

5 stars"

I was doubtful about this ever since I heard of the idea. Bah! 2 screens? so what? does it do MP3s?

However when I played one out of curiosity, I actually have to say… This is probably the most fun game console ever!

The screens work well, the graphics are excellent, the gameplay is superb…

Nintendo had better haul ass though and get some more decent games going on. Super Mario 64 DS is all well and good but I want Metroid soon! And they would do well to make some sort of MP3 player add-on or something if they don't want to get their asses kicked by the PSP with its fancy doo-dads (and complete lack of original games :-) ).


With impressive 3D rendered graphics, Nintendo DS delivers cutting-edge 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 gameplay, while built-in PictoChat software gives you the power to draw, write and send messages wirelessly. Nintendo DS revolutionizes the way games are played.

Dual Screens

Two LCD screens offer one of the most groundbreaking gameplay 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. Soon, games could be created allowing you to play games on one screen while sending text messages on the other.

Each 3-inch screen can reproduce a true 3D view, with impressive 3D renderings that can surpass images displayed on the Nintendo 64.

Touch Screen Technology

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 possibilities are limited only by developers' imaginations.

The touch screen features a tougher film cover for durability, and the included stylus is stored in the back of the unit.

Microphone Port

A built-in microphone port means that with Nintendo DS, you only need to tell your games what to do.

Developers could create games which identify everything from voice commands to hand-clapping. Imagine moving your characters simply by telling them which way to go! Communication-based games could use the microphone and you can chat with others over a local network, or even the Internet in the future.

The Nintendo DS microphone gives you even more ways to interact with your favorite games.

Wireless Network

You can connect with a local wireless network of up to 16 players.The wireless range can be an incredible 30 to 100 feet and for some games, multiplayer requires just one Nintendo DS game card.

Future games may take advantage of the DS Wireless LAN connection for more multiplayer possibilities.

Note: Nintendo DS wireless communication, including PictoChat, is not private and is not monitored by Nintendo. We recommend that you never reveal any personal information or arrange to meet a stranger.

Rich Stereo Sound

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.

Backward Compatibility

Nintendo DS features a separate media port for Game Boy Advance cartridges. Nintendo DS allows you to play all your favorite Game Boy Advance games in a single-player mode.

Nintendo DS Wrist Strap

The Nintendo DS Wrist Strap has a small plastic pad attached to it that can be used on the touch screen. This pad is designed for use on games that work better with a sliding type of control, such as Super Mario 64 DS or Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt.
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February 24th, 2005
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