Nintendo DS Lite Review – The Truth Behind Its Simplicity

Nintendo DS Lite, as I look at it today, it reminds me way back in the 80’s of a good old “Game and Watch” mini game system clam-shell type design. Do you remember that? It looks like a LCD calculator miniature game machine that comes in a variety of colors, designs and with the embedded standard function cross-like buttons on the left and a 2 letter rubber buttons on the right. Funny cute thing isn’t it?Its monitor screen is 2″x 2.5″ at least and a black digital graphics with a single motion function character moving from left to right or forward and backward gameplay. A LR4x/SR4x “button-cell” battery makes its power last at least like 3 months before you change and so forth.However, if you imagine how we’ve gone through with the technology of 20th century, it’s so very amazing how we’ve crossed the millennium with these new kinds of gadgets, cellular phones, digital cameras, and computers so on. Based on some models of game and watch that also have two screens and a clam-shell design is how I describe Nintendo DS and DS Lite models today.Compare to Sony’s graphically superior PSP, Nintendo DS Lite is quite a different style of handheld portable system released next to original DS. It revolutionizes the way games are played in ultra-bright dual 3D screen and enhanced by touch-screen technology. Both screens are terrific, they do not possess any ghostly white glow that emanates, than in any front-lit display of a game system. This 2 display works together seamlessly even when the upper screen is tilted slightly. Visually glare-free even when you try to pivot the screen as back as far as it would go.

Using a stylus pen or finger on the bottom screen, you can navigate to select options and to moving character. More stylish, smaller than the original version, sleeker body, with free Wi-Fi connection so you can have a chat with friends online and compete with other players on the internet.Available colors are lined up in several combination like Polar White, Coral Pink, Onyx Black, Crimson/Black and the limited-edition Gold and Metallic Rose that complements any outfit. Cobalt/Black marks the seventh color in the Nintendo DS Lite color palette.Normal face-button layout allows you to feel the same natural way method of control. DS cartridges are measuring somewhere between SD and Compact Flash cards smaller than the PSP cartridge which they called UMD seems playing flawlessly than Sony’s proprietary formats when it comes to loading games.Nintendo DS size is more roughly than the original Game Boy Advance, so it’s big because of its increased size although it’s not heavy unlike the SP that almost fits in pockets while DS can travel in your backpack or shoulder bag. Well, also the good thing about Nintendo DS Lite is when you travel out-of-town; you can play 5-8 hours in maximum visual output gameplay at full volume and brightness compare to PSP Slim and Lite that only takes 3-4 hours with both statuses.The Nintendo DS Lite impressive battery life is also one of the greatest advantages compared to PSP Slim and Lite 2000/3000. The improved size had translates to a better performance and battery life that greatly benefits the game play and other media functions.On a heavy gameplay at full brightness and full volume, the PSP Slim only takes 5-6 hours than the DS Lite takes 7-11 hours. At low gameplay at low brightness and volume, PSP Slim will last 6-8 hours and DS Lite is 10-15 hours. A real headway over the PSP that Nintendo DS Lite delivers in terms of battery life and dimensions.Okay, let’s check the visual aspects of both game consoles produces in fairness of its benefits. In terms of screen size, you’ll probably enjoy the wide 4.3 inches screen of PSP than the 3 inches dual-screen of Nintendo DS Lite. Most of gamers seem to really enjoy action-pack games in a wider screen. So that’s PSP take advantage ahead of Nintendo DS Lite. The 16:9 viewing panel screen aspect ratio is definitely a win than a 4:3 screen ratio of DS Lite.PSP screen resolution is simply has an outstanding output of 480×272 while DS Lite is 256×192 on both screens. PSP projects brighter screen colors in a 32-bit (16.7 million) while a 16-bit (262k) for Nintendo DS Lite. However, despite it lacks the multimedia and graphical finesse of the PSP, Nintendo DS focus more on gameplay and still maintained a sales edge over Sony’s PSP Slim and Lite. As for the other features like Wi-Fi connection, built-in microphone port are much likely had the same function.The Wi-Fi connection of Nintendo DS is same as the Nintendo Wii. Using the microphone port and touchscreen of DS to command inputs for Wii games and as to act as an additional controller without any use of additional accessories. As for the Nintendo Wii, it uses the Mii Channel to access on the content downloads, games and other expansions to Nintendo DS. Although, there’s an additional service may cost a subscriber to downloading additional content.

It can support 16-32 players online at a time in a local Wi-Fi area range of 30 to 100 feet. A unique Friend Code ID is used by player to engage with another player for multi-playing purposes. This measure is a privacy authentication whenever a user first goes online.The inclusion of Wi-Fi multiplayer capabilities had increased the list of growing original and fun games that you can play that no other game system can provide. Its backward compatibility with Game Boy Advance cartridges using a separate media port allows you to play with your favorite games in a single-player mode. With a nearly 600 game titles and another titles available online added had made Nintendo a tremendous breakthrough sales. And even a one best-selling game made more than 18.67 million copies has been sold.Though Nintendo DS does play Game Boy Advance game cartridge, its accessories and memory cards are not compatible but it do have a variety of accessories available ranging from specialized controllers, memory expansions and others.In summary, gamers can spend time playing all day long with their own game system but in most cases the battery life is the one that makes the new Nintendo DS Lite stands out among the other game system. Low or heavy gaming using either full or low brightness, nor high or low volume, it would never be a problem if you are using Nintendo DS Lite. While it does lacks on some multimedia and graphical features, Nintendo DS Lite is still has its unique offer in gaming experience for users.