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Nintendo DS Hardware review
Touch and Play

The good:

  • Fun New Touch Screen
  • Backwards Compatibility
  • Good Library of Games
  • Microphone
  • Wireless Playing
  • Download Play
  • Nintendo Wifi Connection
  • Graphics

    The bad:

  • Can be rather limited
  • Graphics
  • Wireless isn't far

    Summary:


    Nintendo DS

    The Nintendo DS is a great Portable. It has some great games, and neat Wireless Features. When I first got my DS in September 2006 I loved it. The first game that I had was the Metroid Prime Hunters Demo, that I bought off my friend. Even with the game being just a demo, it amazed me at what it could do. The interaction between the Touch Screen and the Top Screen is amazing.

    Graphics
    You're probably wondering why I put this in good and bad, so I'll write about it first.
    The graphics and the DS have a potential to be good, yet very few games use this potential. The Graphics are way better then the Graphics from a Gameboy Advance game (I couldn't tell what was going on half the time :S), and a lot of them are 3D as well. Even the best graphics in games aren't as good as the PSP's. Some good games with good Graphics, just to name a few, are Super Mario 64 DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, and Animal Crossing: Wild World.

    Touch Screen
    The Touch Screen is a cool new innovation from Nintendo, as far as I'm aware there has never been a touch screen in a video game console before. Some of the games play very nicely, Using a good and easy to control combination of both the touch screen and the upper screen. Some however, aren't good together and it gets quite annoying. Most game, can use either the touch screen alone, or the controls alone, and those are the game that in my opinion are easiest to play.
    Nintendo is thinking outside the box with there new consoles, from the Wiis new controls the the touch screen on the DS.

    Games
    Here I'm just going to name a few games that are really good on the DS.

  • Super Mario 64 DS
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
  • Metroid Prime: Hunters
  • Harvest Moon DS
  • Final Fantasy 3 (My favorite :3)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

    Backwards Compatability
    The DS can play all of your Favorite Gameboy Advance games. You just pop it in through the bottom slot in the DS and choose it in the Main Menu. The DS cannot however play Gameboy Color Games, and does not support the Connection cable for Gameboy Advances.

    Wireless Playing
    It's awesome how when they made the DS, they made it Wireless. You can talk to people close to you with a built in application called Picto-Chat. You can type up letters, or you can Draw. A lot of the games are Wireless Play. Some games you can ever play only with one game! You just pop the game into your DS, go to the Wireless mode, and your friend goes to DS Download Play, and you start playing, it's pretty fun.

    Wifi
    The DS can connect to the Internet. To do so, you need either a Router or a Nintendo Wifi USB Stick. You can play with people around the world, no matter where they are. It's a neat new feature that Nintendo added.

    The DS can't do all the things that the PSP can, so I think that it's rather limited. However, with the great library of game, the Wifi, and the Touch Screen, it pretty much makes up for it. The DS is a must have console that is fun for a lot of people, and it's only around $130 USD. It's a great portable, and Nintendo did a really good job with it.

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