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Review: Nintendo DS Lite

IMG_0674Today I treated myself to a Nintendo DS Lite. I’ve been a huge fan of the DS ever since I picked one up last September, and still highly recommend it. But the new DS Lite is even better!

I have the two units side by side here. The DS Lite is on the left, and the older standard DS on the right. Note how the Lite nearly blinds my camera. That’s the major feature improvement – a much brighter screen. You can even play it in direct sunlight, something the original DS could never handle. I never thought the original’s screen was bad, but the colors really pop out at you on the improved version. I don’t think I could go back. The battery life is also extended, overall size is decreased, and the whole design is much more stylish (it looks quite at home next to my iPod).

Nintendo even went out of their way to make wirelessly transfering your online gaming settings from the old DS to the new one a snap.

I don’t have a lot to say about the system that I didn’t the first time around, but I still really like it 🙂

The DS Lite does have one minor disadvantage: Due to its smaller size, Large older Game Boy cartridges like Warioware: Twisted look more than slightly ridiculous hanging out the bottom.

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  1. Chad, I’m glad that you did what I’ve been meaning to do for over a month. (Comparing the DS and DS Lite, I mean.) I sincerely love the DS Lite, especially the much improved light and sound settings. I just wish they had given us the option to toggle the backlight during gameplay. That is my only complaint. Well..I guess I’m not entirely sold on the hot-dog-thick stylus either. But the backlight non-toggling is a much bigger issue. Overall, the new design is beautiful — size, shape, color, etc. I wonder what they’ll do with it next. (Because there will doubtlessly be more designs for the console.)

    Unrelated: Your presence was severely missed a few weeks ago when Kiki, Carper, and I went to Texas Roadhouse. There was Tzvi, a new boot glass, and some hidden peanuts. Next time you’re up north you should visit the other half of PA too.

  2. I too wish the lighting was a bit more flexible, but it’s just so gloriously bright that i’m mostly willing to overlook the issue 🙂

    Man I had no idea there was Roadhousing! I never did get a boot glass of my own… it’s now on my to do list.

  3. It’s still beyond me how anyone can enjoy a Video Game on a screen so small… I can’t game without my 21″ monitor there’s just no way… hehe

  4. Oooh… pretty…

    ands no doubt, now that you’ve made this purchase, they will come out with DSLite 2/0 that will allow you to toggle the backlight during gameplay 🙂