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-- Nintendo DS Lite
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2006-06-15
-- Price: ~ $129.99 USD
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For this review, I'm going to cut to the chase a bit earlier. The Nintendo DS Lite is one beautiful piece of work. Since hearing about the DS, I've always wanted one. The DS offers games of a different calibre. If you are expecting games you'd play on the PS2 or XBox, you'll be in for quite a surprise. The DS caters to the mobile gamer who wants challenging unique games with a touch of Nintendo added. Combine all that in a sexier piece of hardware and you have something to talk about.

The original DS was great, except for the size. Carrying around something that large wasn't exactly easy. The DS Lite fixes much of that and then some. The screen is much brighter, the stylus is re-positioned and other upgrades come with the new DS Lite. This won't be a comparison review of old and new, but more of what a newbie DS owner sees in the Lite version.

I've owned the original Game Boy as well as the Gameboy Advance. The DS Lite is by far the sleekest of the group. First impressions of the polar white casing will remind you of an enlarged iPod or mini-Macbook.

Here are some specs:

  • Size (closed): 133 millimeters (5.2 inches) wide, 73.9 millimeters (2.9 inches) long, 21.5 millimeters (0.85 inches) tall.
  • Top Screen: A backlit, 3-inch, transmissive TFT color LCD with 256 x 192 pixel resolution and .24 mm dot pitch, capable of displaying 260,000 colors.
  • Touch Screen: Same specs as top screen, but with a transparent analog touch screen.
  • Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo’s proprietary format; wireless range is 30 to 100 feet, depending on circumstances; multiple users can play multiplayer games using just one DS game card.
  • Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone for voice recognition, A/B/X/Y face buttons, plus control pad, L/R shoulder buttons, Start and Select buttons. The stylus is 1 centimeter longer and 2 millimeters thicker than the stylus of the original Nintendo DS.
  • Input/Output: Ports for both Nintendo DS game cards and Game Boy Advance game paks, terminals for stereo headphones and microphone. A removable cover for the Game Boy Advance game pak slot provides added protection from dust and other foreign materials.
  • Other Features: Embedded PictoChat software that allows up to 16 users within local range of one another to chat at once; embedded real-time clock; date, time and alarm; touch-screen calibration.
  • CPUs: One ARM9 and one ARM7.
  • Sound: Stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound, depending on the software.
  • Battery: Lithium ion battery delivering five to 19 hours of play on a four-hour charge, depending on use; power-saving sleep mode; AC adapter.
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian.
  • Hardware Color: Polar White

The DS comes with WiFi ability so multiple users can connect to each other and play locally or over the internet. Some games can be played with just one cart, while others require all players to each have their own. There is also the PictoChat software so users can communicate with each other in the vicinity.

The packaging is minimal, included is the multi-language manual, AC adapter and the DS Lite itself.

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