After the great success of the Gameboy Advance SP, Nintendo decided to release another new portable game console to its arsenal, the Nintendo DS. They have started a new book altogether as the DS no longer carries the GameBoy name. It has yet to start a legacy of its own and compete with its predecessor.
A first glance at the DS and we can see that it is slightly bigger and longer as compared with the SP. Portability will have to be in the form of bags as this portable game console would not fit on the average pocket. Its size is more or less the same as the old GameBoy Advance.
The DS comes with a dual-screen feature and sports a touch screen on one of the two screens. It is an exciting new feature to the Nintendo fans as they now have an increase in interactivity when playing a game. A stylus is included with the DS and it works superbly with the touch screen as well. The touch screen has the same accuracy if you compared it with a PDA so you need not worry whether it is buggy or not.
Currently, the DS has a huge range of games that it has to offer. From an action packed game to an easy paced game, you can get all of these with the Nintendo DS. Like the previous consoles, you will have to buy the cartridges for the games.
Graphics on the DS is certainly an improvement if you compare it with the GameBoy Advance. However, you may still find that the graphic of the DS quite mediocre as compared with Sony’s PSP. Surely, if you are planning to get a more graphically advanced portable game console, you would have known better than to choose the DS. Nonetheless, the DS is absolutely family friendly and has a friendlier array of games available as compared with the PSP. The female teenager in addition to children would find the DS an absolute fun due to its games.
Another feature that is available on the DS is its wireless connectivity. You are able to play with another DS user not with the cable, but with none, thanks to the Ad-Hoc feature. In addition to that, DS users can also chat with each other with the PictoChat application embedded with the DS. Highly convenient if you want to relay some message while not letting others knowing what is it about.
Battery life on this device is also one of the best that we’ve seen. The battery can last up to 10 hours with correct usage. Imagine 10 hours of games. You’d probably be tired before the battery dies. Very handy on long journeys where there isn’t much that you can do.
All in all, the DS is surely a steal for its retail price. In addition to that, it is one of the best portable devices available in the market as well and it is suitable for people of all ages. We highly recommend the DS for children as well as it has a large array of games for your child.