Review by velemi

"Become one with the system"

Is the Nintendo DS just another Game Boy? Just another hand-held? NO! The DS is the start of a new era of hand-held gaming! This is why:

This system can use graphics a tiny bit better than the N64, meaning they aren't top notch. But think about it. The N64 had 3D capabilities, and have you ever seen a hand-held that could do that?
Graphics Score: 10/10

This system hits hard here. It has two screens, one of which just so happens to be a touch screen. (A touch screen, for those of you who don't know, is not a touch pad. It allows you to select things shown on that screen by touching them.) It also has a microphone, meaning players may only need to talk to play their games! The DS comes with PictoChat, an instant messaging program that allows friends to chat with each other within a certain range, draw pictures to send, and it's wireless! Also, the DS has a feature called "DS Download Play", making it so that friends can use the wireless feature of the Nintendo DS to play multi-player for certain games using only one cartridge! You can even play Game Boy Advance games with it!
Innovation Score: 10/10

This might be the best part of the system! The multi-player for all the DS games (if there are any DS games that don't have multi-player, then this of course does not apply to them) is wireless and can have up to 16 players! No more going and buying connection cords, and no more losing them! You can even be in different rooms, on the other side of a brick wall, and even in a different house! The only thing is, this weakens the signal and you will need to be a little bit closer. There is also, as I stated before, single cartridge multi-player making it so that you need only one cartridge to play multi-player on certain games. The downside to the multi-player is that you cannot use the multi-player features of GBA games on the Nintendo DS, so keep your GBA!
Multi-player Score: 9.8/10

The controls can be hard on your wrist when you continue to press down on the buttons. Nintendo, thinking of everything, made it so that you can alternately use the touch screen to counter this problem. It's your choice!
Controls Score: 10/10

The DS does not have many games out yet, but there will be many more in March 2005. As for what is out now, you will probably be able to find a good game. I recommend Mario 64 DS, but I don't have many games anyways.
Games Score: 10/10

Battery Life:
The battery life for this system is very good. When fully charged and using the light the battery life is ten hours. Don't bother not using the light for the extra battery life though, as you can hardly see without it.
Battery Life Score: 10/10

The Nintendo DS is a truly amazing system! Being $150, it's a bit costly, but that doesn't mean you'll be wasting your money!

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 01/18/05

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