DS Lite – Bye bye productive day

nintendo ds lite screenie

Upon starting, the Nintendo DS Lite kindly prompts users that some games may induce seizures of some sort due to flashing graphics. What Nintendo should consider adding is an additional note; something along the lines of:

[…] this device is counter productive. Understand that once game play commences, you will no longer feel obligated or compelled to complete any real world tasks.

The DS Lite is by far Nintendo’s best gaming system to date. A personal opinion of course. Nintendo acknowledges where each previous gaming console fell short and does a great job at improving subsequent releases. Looking at the build & design quality alone, all other Nintendo systems pale in comparison to the DS Lite. Taking – what looks to be – inspiration from Apple’s iBook / MacBook line, the glossy finish on these handheld consoles is a considerable improvement over the original DS, let alone the original GameBoy [brick of a handheld].

Over the past 24 hours, I’ve spent more time with this device than any other electronic. The compact, super portable, and comfortable device leaves no excuse not to have a small gaming break wherever your travels take you.

Build & design quality

Any Apple user can attest to the fact that one of the most entertaining moments of ownership is the unwrapping period. Now, I may not have personally had the opportunity to open the DS Lite packaging (syl?), but I can sure say that the DS Lite was as entertaining as opening the MacBook. I blame it on the shiny white shell.

The DS Lite feels balanced. There are no protruding pieces, with the exception of the spring loaded power & volume sliders. The original DS looks almost alien in comparison. With the two halves of the original looking as though there were forcefully placed against each other, the DS Lite looks modern, clean, almost soothing to look at.

Mobile gaming convenience

Opting for the NEW Super Mario Brothers, I assumed that the game would keep me entertained for quite some time. I had no idea that the portability and convenience of the DS Lite would accelerate the rate at which a game can be successfully completed.

It’s the little things that count. What’s portable gaming without the convenience of having the ability to instantly pause and resume game play? Similar to Apple hardware which sleeps when laptop covers are closed, easily pause and resume game play by closing or opening the device. You’ll know the device is asleep thanks to the blinking power light at the top right corner.

Additional functionality to boot

I admit that I have not yet experimented with Wifi connectivity or networked gaming. There is a fully functional third party internet browser in development by Opera. Check out the review and video on the Opera Browser blogs.

If you are using Opera 9 right now and switch to small screen mode, it’s basically the same thing. That’s because Opera uses the same code in all of i’s browsers, so you can be absolutely sure the quality browsing experience they offer on a desktop PC and on your mobile phone is the same secure, fast and intuitive software, this time designed to take full advantage of the Nintendo DS’s dual screens, hardware buttons (for fast access to modes and shortcuts), and of course the touch screen.

To any veteran DS Lite users, syl and I are still learning about any additional tricks or hacks available to OS X users. Gaming cartridges look like bloated SD memory cards. Any way to write custom data to these cards?

Discuss - 11 Comments

  1. I’ve been considering getting a DS Lite or a PSP. Although, I don’t often play games, I still want it for the, “I must have that latest gadget!” factor of life. I don’t know… I hate technology!

  2. Luna says:

    Oh gosh, the N.DS Lite is so nice. I have the luxury of being in Japan so when my Japanese friends got one for her birthday awhile back, I had to try it out. It is def. one of the most brilliant consoles to date. Then a few months passed and the American version came out. Ha! Anyway, I think you can flash the BIOS and change the firmware. I heard about this one, Flashme7. You need something, a superkey? To tell you the truth, I am kind of lost on this, mainly because I don’t own one myself…YET.
    Hopefully that help.

  3. Robert Day says:

    I was considering getting the DS Lite, however, as I already have a PSP, I think it is good enough. Considering I can also play games and watch videos, however painful it is to get videos on there!

  4. Derek says:

    Ah yes, UMD. Ultimate monster [hassle] disks.

  5. AsceticMonk says:

    At one point, I seriously considered on getting a DS Lite. But my worry on my productivity impeded me from making the final decision on the purchase. In addition, I also worry there might not be enough game titles on the market.

  6. Regi says:

    Got a PSP, should have gotten a DS…but hey should have known that sony never winds any format wars. Anyone remember BetaMax?

  7. Joshua says:

    For all you guys interested in the Opera DS web browser, someone has posted a pretty indepth review of it on Youtube:
    Nintendo DS Browser Real World Test
    Nintendo DS Browser Follow Up Review

    “Gaming cartridges look like bloated SD memory cards. Any way to write custom data to these cards?”
    Nope. Nintendo doesn’t allow any writing to DS game cards due to piracy issues.

  8. John Dyer says:

    I am trading in my PSP for one of these sweet sweet babies tomorrow.

    Woo, I’m excited. And you helped convince me Derek.

  9. Derek says:

    I am trading in my PSP for one of these sweet sweet babies tomorrow.

    You’ve made a wise decision. Thinking that I had beat the New Mario Bros., I discovered that I was wrong. I had simply beaten the last level, not the entire game. There are so many little things that I need to complete which are seriously driving me insane.

    Btw, I ordered a copy of Opera for the DS Lite. A Japanese import. Link is in the sponsored links area. I can’t wait to get my hands on the browser to add a little more functionality.

  10. Matt says:

    The Opera browser should be out in the states sometime this year, I think? I just hope the DS is easier to browse online, than it was with the PSP. Tetris is the best game I’ve ever played online, on a handheld that is.

  11. Derek says:

    The Opera browser will hit Europe before it comes stateside. That’s why an import may very well be the best solution. Don’t worry about the fact that the cartridge is in Japanese. The inputs for the keyboard can be toggled to english counterparts. Browsing with Opera on the DS will have no competition. With such a small screen, tough screen is the way to go – rather than the PSPs method of panning through links.