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Nintendo DS Platinum Silver Handheld System

Nintendo DS Platinum Silver Handheld System

With impressive 3D rendered graphics, Nintendo DS delivers portable games for fans of any genre. Plus, you can play all your favorite Game... Read More
With impressive 3D rendered graphics, Nintendo DS delivers 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 in platinum silver, dual screens and touch-screen technology allow you to interact with games like never before. Wireless communication allows you to experience real-time multiplayer game play, while built-in PictoChat software gives you the power to draw, write and send messages wirelessly. Nintendo DS revolutionizes the way games are played.Two LCD screens offer one of the most groundbreaking game play 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.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.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. What's more, by using a Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector or a wireless router, you can connect to DS players across the globe, and enjoy fun aboundNintendo 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. Minimize
Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars
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By:   cruz3
Apr 10, 2009
Nintendo DS Platinum Silver Handheld System

Bigger Screen + DSi Shop = No Support for Old Games

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Screen size, internet browser, button improvements, and menu.

Cons: No GB/GBA game slot, AAC for music, camera resolution is OK.

The Bottom Line: 

Excellent handheld.  Camera/music, quality, screen are all great.  DSi Ware is so-so and I miss the Game Boy slot a little.

Author's Review
Update 06/24/09

I logged 5 cross-country trips with the DSi and it's really growing on me.  The camera/music features are surprisingly handy and fun to use.  Neither will keep you entertained for hours, but they work like a champ in bridging those 15-30 minute gaps where playing a more involved game doesn't make as much sense. 

On the music front, it REQUIRES AAC format.  While Nintendo thinks this is a good idea, I am one of those who goes out of my way to use open formats/standards.  I'm sure this is a quiet stand against piracy and I think this is a major detraction.

The camera takes slightly better than cell phone quality images.  The manipulation features are cool enough you almost want a better camera so you can use the pictures for other purposes (like a digital frame).

Battery life is impressive.  It usually takes me 13-15 hours during the course of my cross country trips (podunk to podunk) and the DSi has  yet to require a charge.  In fact, I don't recall seeing it drop below the first bar.  I usually keep WiFi off unless I need it, which probably helps.

Internet browsing is also very good.  The DSi works great in those WiFi hotspots where you have some time to kill but don't want the hassle of firing up your laptop or fighting with your smartphone.  Speed is acceptable and most sites work surprisingly well.  Entering addresses and such is also very easy.

The DSi Ware shows promise, but the software library is pretty limited - 24 titles as of this writing.  Most are either applications most of us carry around already or abbreviated versions of other games (e.g., Club Games) I believe the DSi is the PERFECT platform for bringing many of the NES and SNES games back from the dead and I for one would buy yet another copy of the old Zelda/Mario/Metroid franchises just for the DSi.

The unit has been every bit as durable as its predecessor.  The surface finish still looks like new.  The matte finish is easier to grip as well.

Still haven't missed the Game Boy game slot.  I kept a SP around so I could play a few favorites, but haven't dragged them out of the box in a while.

Overall, I'm very impressed.  When Nintendo capitalizes on the DSiWare opportunity, thie DSi will be the best option in handhelds today and probably the best handheld ever made.

-----------Original Review Below--------------

I log a lot of airplane time and am often comforted by my Nintendo DS and iPod.  The DS is a great travel companion based on the epic battery life, compact size, durability and ample library.  The only significant complaint I have with it is the screen size.  Nintendo's new DSi offers a significantly bigger screen in a smaller package.  Being a sucker for the bigger screen, I bought one.  Here's what I can say so far:

1) The screen size is a noticeable improvement.  The spec's say it's something like 17% bigger, but it seems better than that.  It's flaming bright and very responsive.

2) It's thinner.  I didn't measure it, but the thinner size and matte finish means I can put a little think cover on it (vs. the Nerf cover - which I highly recommend) and it will look good for a long time.

3) The speakers have more oomph.  Not a lot, but you can notice it.

4) The L-R buttons are much easier to use.  The DS buttons were never quite right and certainly didn't match the feel of the d-pad.  These are a big improvement.

5) It uses a nicer menu system, Wii-like in execution, and includes a neato software shop.  At this time, the selection is pretty lame.  If they start putting NES/SNES games on there, I'm going to go broke.

6) It has a SD card slot.  I'm told you can put music on it, but I'm thinking this will have some other utility.

7) It has two cameras.  I played with this a bit, but so far I'd put this in the neat, but not revolutionary category.  Besides, the angle of the main camera will not yield flattering pictures.  Trust me on this point.

8) It has a web browser.  It's Opera, so it works pretty darn well.  I found it faster and easier to use than the one on my Blackberry and I'm psyched to have something less bulky in my arsenal next time I'm feeling the need to check something at a hotel or other free wi-fi zone.  Be forewarned, the older software doesn't like the later wi-fi security standards which is a huge bummer.

So far, the big screen, internet, size and L-R buttons are BIG winners with me.  The menu system is a plus.  I'm undecided on the software downloads, and ambivalent toward the cameras, colors, exterior finish, and speakers.

Most people will wonder if this is the 'right' DS for them.  If you like your legacy GB/GBA titles, then the answer is probably not - unless you are blind.  If you don't have GB/GBA software (or a GBA floating around), then I think the DSi is the way to go, mainly because of the possibilities and screen size.  Time will tell on the other features.

The last item to consider is battery life.  The DS was the only device I own that was always ready to go no matter how long the trip went.  The DSi is runred to have somewhat less capacity in this area, so be forewarned.

I'm going to log some serious hours over the next two weeks or so (two coast-to-coast trips both weeks), so stay tuned for more input.
 


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