The Guitar Hero DS Lite bundle -- one of the few limited edition systems available in the U.S., and like most of the others we've had, a little lacking. The silver and black color scheme is fantastic... but the logo is just <em>not</em>.
Really? Nintendogs? For the <a href="http://nintendo.joystiq.com/2007/10/29/sears-black-friday-ad-reveals-two-new-ds-lites/">2007 holiday</a>? We like the digital pooches as much as the next DS owner, but really, this one was just a little late for any but the most hardcore virtual pet lovers.
The golden Zelda-themed Lite is the best among the special editions available in the U.S. for sure. The simple design keeps it classy, and the color is suitable on so many levels... not the least of which is that it hearkens back to a simpler time: a time of gold cartridges.
Maybe that should have been <em>why</em>, as in, we're not sure why the hell someone would want to ugly up a DS like this. It's rare, though; apparently, only 1500 of these special edition systems were made, and given to attendees of the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End premiere at Disneyland in 2007.
Apparently, all DS owners should pick up and move to Seattle, where it's <a href="http://nintendo.joystiq.com/2007/07/23/ds-fanboy-review-nintendo-fan-network-ready-monday/">good to be a fan...</a> since Nintendo is the power behind the Mariners. We have to admit a soft spot for these Mariner Lites, though we would honestly rather have just about any other team. No offense, Nintendo.
Looking for the other special edition Lites released in the U.S.? Don't strain yourself -- there haven't been many. Japan is where it's at when it comes to the limited edition love, as you're about to see.
It's very simple -- just a red logo and black text on a white system -- but it's so classy, and that red emblem works very well to distinguish the unit. We wouldn't have minded if this DS happened to be a flying robot, of course.
We can't imagine why Nintendo and Hudson never bothered to bring this Lite, based on a Japanese geography-themed DS board game starring a Japanese folktale character, over.
What better way to celebrate a game about fashion (with a heavy collecting component) than making fans buy a new accessory to carry around?
The Bathing Ape DS Lite brings a bit of the Tokyo clothing line's style to our hobby -- which is a nice way of saying that it's really expensive.
Final Fantasy III experienced an extreme makeover for the DS -- the characters got names, for one, and then they got their very own, very low key DS Lite.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates may have a very long title, but it has a very plain special edition Lite. This one could have been incredibly beautiful with some of the color from the box art, but who are we to judge? We've only seen it in pictures!
It's a Wonderful World (The World Ends With You here) is not only a wonderful game -- it was also a really fantastic silver DS Lite, complete with an emblem anyone who's played the game will recognize instantly.
The new legendary Pokemon for Diamond and Pearl are immortalized in gold and silver on a jet-black DS. And also on the cartridges of thousands of save hackers.
Collecting Pokemon systems alone is enough to drive any potential DS collector insane. Here's a set of four extremely limited units given away by the Pokemon Daisuki Club.
The latest limited-edition system from Japan's Pokemon Daisuki Club features a muted image of the new Origin Giratina creature, as seen on the Pokemon Platinum box.
This bold yellow DS was actually sold online in the U.S. by the Pokemon Center late last year. Not anymore, of course! You're doomed to stare at it.
The latest amazing free gifts from Japan's Club Nintendo: these three Lites, which are being given away to people who register games this summer. All we ever get for registering stuff is ... do we ever get anything for registering stuff?
So this one isn't Japanese. What is it? Completely awesome. This special edition was <a href="http://nintendo.joystiq.com/2007/12/21/the-crimson-and-black-lite-we-should-have-received/">exclusive to China</a>, but it lives in our hearts.
Even if you want to call it <em>futbol</em>, you'll probably think this is one of the spiffiest special editions you've ever seen, and we'll agree. The Winning Eleven Lite won hearts around the world. Too bad it was only available in Japan. <br /><br />Had enough? There's more, but we've tortured you plenty. <a href="http://nintendo.joystiq.com/2008/06/30/limited-edition-lust-a-visual-journey/">Head back to DS Fanboy.</a>