"The Best Value"on by Brian
Pros Multiple Displays, Touch Screen, Surround Stereo, built-in accessories, compact, yet not too small, stylish, Wireless, Built-in Mic, Dual Cartridge Slots (compatible with Gameboy Advanced games)
Cons ----- NONE -----
Summary When you combine a portable game system that compliments the success from a company that has a proven track record in an established industry, the result is the NINTENDO DS.
The Nintendo Dual Screen (DS) unit is the only handheld portable unit that offers 2 screen displays (the upper is view only, the lower is touch screen).
When I started this system for the first time, it walked me through the setup and I had it complete without having to consult with my user manual.
This system is user friendly.
I am able to play games immediately before reading their instruction manuals. The dual screens offer more options and the touch control provides a more responsive experience which enhance it's overall value.
Backwards compatible with the Gameboy Advanced provides an even higher value for the consumer.
My first game, Super Mario 64 DS shows off the hardware very well. I am able to navigate with the touch screen.
A perfect example is when I am on a challenging level and I have to navigate my character through a challenging area, I can change camera angles as I am playing with the touch screen.
A perfect example is when I was playing in an area where I was constantly loosing. So, I formulated a strategy to constantly adjust my camera angle in that particular scene and I was able to complete it successfully every time.
The 3D surround sound is unbelievable. When you start a game of Super Mario 64 DS for example, you are outside a huge castle. As I was moving my character around the waterfall, I could actually hear it before I saw it and when I turned my character around, I could actually hear the sound shift.
One particular level was so realistic, when I heard something in a distance, I actually though my phone rang. The stereo surround is very impressive.
The Gameboy Advanced game I purchased was a title I grew up with, Pac-Man World. This game plays on one screen while the other is off and it plays remarkably well.
Having multiple games to choose from without having to swap out cartridges is an added value for me as a consumer.
While there are several game systems to choose from, I chose the system that offers the best value for me.
While "best value" is often as subjective as the individual who will experience and appreciate this virtue, I extend an invitation to you to try the Nintendo DS for yourself by visiting your local retail store.
"Great for the Money"on by jackk7
Pros Unique, Great Games, 2 screens for $150
Cons Not enough Games
Summary I have the PSP and the DS. I would buy them both, if I had to over again. My wife doesn't play video games, but when the DS came out...Oh Boy!!!! I actually had to go and buy her one for herself. Nintendo is about new ideas and ways to play games. This one worked. Now if we could get more games, I would rate this an 11 out of 10.
Pros two screens, long battery life, Nintendo name
Cons gimmicky, touch screen is impractical, graphics aren't up to par, bulky
Summary My experience with the DS has not been extensive, but it has been enough to know just how promising of a system it isn't. Nintendo has made a name for themselves in the portable market with previous Game Boy handhelds until the release of the Game Boy Advance. I owned the original GBA and thought that the first few titles were amazing, but over time I realized just how simplistic and out of date the technology in the system was. Adding a backlight and flip design certainly didn't pull anything new out of this system for me. When I heard that both Nintendo and Sony were releasing new portables I became excited to see what type of improvements Nintendo would make as well as to see what Sony would do to compete. Holding the DS, playing Metroid, I realized a few things: the system is built to be very sturdy, could probably be dropped a few times, which is a good thing, but this made the machine quite bulky. The resolution on both screens was weak ("pixely"). Holding the system and using the stylus was cumbersome and impractical. Also, turning off the power button was too easy. I would occasionally press up on the D-Pad and hit the power button.
The bottom line: While the DS isn't the worst system ever, it has some catching up to do in today's market. I am in no way saying that the PSP is perfect. Some of it's functions as well are impractical, but overall I would say the PSP is a better buy (even at the $250 price tag). If you haven't had a chance yet, hold a DS and a PSP in your hands. You'll notice a big difference in the ease of use and the sleekness between the systems.
Pros Touch screen, lots of buttons, strong hinge , microphone, displays 3D graphics, large game library, good speakers
Cons Touch screen could probably get scratched if you're not careful
Summary I have had my nintendo DS for about 4 weeks now and I think that it is great.
It displays great 3D graphics, especially when you take its size into consideration, and its speakers produce relatively good sound (although you can use headphones too).
All in all, this is almost like a scaled-down, handheld version of the N64.
I didn't give this console 10/10, because:
It is relatively bulky, the volume switch is hard to make really slight adjustments with and the touch-screen seems a little fragile.
All in all, a great product.Updated
Edit: I must admit, after playing it for a while, that the graphics are only really just above those of the Nintendo 64.
I find the games for this console a lot of fun. A lot of the games are designed for kids, and some for adults. Personally, I prefer the kids' ones to the adults' ones- they're kind of cute and cartoony, but nice light entertainment.
I accidentally dropped it once (on quite a hard surface, too), and it still works perfectly. Still, I wouldn't want to drop it again.
Pros Dual Screens, Graphics on par with N64, Boxes fpr Games reseal and are smaller than PSP's, TOUCH SCREEN, Easy Cotrol
Cons Needs a better advertising campaign
Summary The Nintendo DS is the most amazing gaming system to ever hit the market. With a two screens, one of htem with touch compatability it blows away PSP.