The Original Nintendo DS Portable System
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  • Honestly, I think, out of all the versions of the Nintendo DS, this is actually the best built out of all of them
  • That isn’t to say that it’s the best one, but in terms of durability, it is
  • This may not seem like too much, but this actually makes a huge difference in quality compared to its successors, that it can really damper the experience, especially after you’ve tried a DS Lite
  • While this is the one I recommend the least, it’s still a good buy, especially cheap, but I have to say, get the Lite instead

    • by Shintai
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      There are 4 different versions of the Nintendo DS, there’s the original (what I am about to review) the Nintendo DS Lite (the most common one) the Nintendo DSi and the Nintendo 3DS (this one as of this review hasn’t come out yet, but it’s basically a Nintendo DSi, but larger). There are some distinct differences from these different versions.

      The original Nintendo DS is built strong, but ugly. Honestly the original Nintendo DS is an ugly looking console, it’s Grey, black, bulky, and despite being a portable system intended for travel, you might feel embarrassed to take it out because of how ugly it looks. If you don’t really care about how it looks or about being fashionable however, this is a strongly built system. Despite being on hinges, which usually results in a flimsy built console, but the original Nintendo DS is a rare exception as this system is built like a rock and I honestly have never seen a broken original Nintendo DS. Honestly, I think, out of all the versions of the Nintendo DS, this is actually


      the best built out of all of them. That isn’t to say that it’s the best one, but in terms of durability, it is.

      The Nintendo DS’s main features are that it has two screens and one screen that uses touch technology in order to interact with the game with the lower screen. This works surprisingly well and you might think that having two screens would be disorienting, but most games handle the dual screens in a way that it’s intuitive and fun, and the touch screen works very well and can really immerse you in the game. Well, it depends on the game, some games try to have you do too much at once and it doesn’t work. The Nintendo DS has 8 buttons, the R and L shoulder buttons, the 4 face buttons B, A, X and Y and the start and select buttons. Of course there’s also the directional pad, and it’s actually identical to the one found on the Wii Remote and Wii Classic Controller. Now, to use the touch screen, the DS comes with something called ...


      • a stylus, and a stylus is somewhat like a small plastic pen. Also, something that only the original DS has, is a little strap that you put around thumb, and it has a piece of plastic on it in order to use the screen. Using your bare fingers nails or what have you on the screen can potentially damage it, so be sure to stick to the stylus. Speaking of the screens, while the back light is better than the Game Boy Advance SP’s, the original Nintendo DS’s back light is far, FAR inferior to any other incarnation of the Nintendo DS. This may not seem like too much, but this actually makes a huge difference in quality compared to its successors, that it can really damper the experience, especially after you’ve tried a DS Lite. Another feature that this console has though, like the Game Boy Advance SP is the fact that you can charge this thing like a cell phone. Not only that, but it actually lasts a long time, longer than it’s competition the Sony PlayStation Portable,
        and this is one huge advantage that his system has over its competitor.

        While this is the one I recommend the least, it’s still a good buy, especially cheap, but I have to say, get the Lite instead. It’s not quite as strongly built, but it’s pretty much better in every other way. I give this console a 7 out of a 10. If the back light on this thing was stronger, and wasn’t quote as ugly to look at, it would have gotten a higher score, but that is what the Nintendo DS Lite is for. Now, I can conceivably see someone preferring the original over the Lite because of the durability, and if the back light not being quite as strong, or the uglyness not bother you, well this console is much cheaper than the Lite and so I can confidently say that it’s worth your purchase more if the flaws are of no concern to you. Still I think the back light shaves off some points in my opinion. In the end though, it’s still a good hand held.




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