July 1st 2009 6:08 pm

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CNET says:


Nintendo DS is definitely worth a look if its growing list of quirky, original titles is appealing to you. ... If you're in the market for a portable system with more mature--albeit less original--titles and decent media playback capabilities, then the PSP may be worth picking up for $70 more. quote

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PC Mag Nov 19, 2004

The Nintendo DS is an excellent portable gaming platform. The clamshell design protects the two high-quality displays and the unit itself is well constructed. Backward compatibility with GBA cartridges is a plus.

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Ars Technica Nov 24, 2004

At US$150 this is a great value, a really fun system, and proof that there are new things to try with video game hardware. I can only hope that Nintendo's next proper console is as well put together and thought out as the DS.

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CNET Nov 19, 2004

While it lacks the multimedia and graphical finesse of the Sony PSP, the feature-packed Nintendo DS is a worthy successor to the Game Boy Advance--but the new and improved DS Lite is available for the same price.

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The Gadgeteer Mar 8, 2012

If you already have a large collection of GB ADV games and a GB ADV SP, don’t upgrade to the DS just yet. Wait till more games become available or until the Sony PSP comes out. For those of you that don’t have a handheld game system at all and just can’t live without the DS, go for it.

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kris kris

It was a pretty exciting time when this thing came out, with the dual-screen DS being pitted against the (admittedly much shinier) PSP. That excitement wore off pretty quickly when it became apparent that the early titles were pretty weak: the biggest launch title I remember was Mario 64 DS, a...

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quasiperiodic quasiperiodic

it's dual system, able to play ds games and gba games, dual screen, which allows for some unique gameplay and all around unusual, with it's mic and touchscreen frequently integrated into game play. it's durable (i've traveled with it many times), has hours of battery life...

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hagridore hagridore

Buy a DS lite. The original DS has dimmer screens, and a chunky design that make it look like a prototype system rushed to market. If you do buy an original, you will at least have a great library of games.

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Kanogul Kanogul

Sporting an amazing game library, intuitive controls, and impressive portability, the Nintendo DS is not only one of the best handheld consoles of all, it is perhaps one of the greatest consoles of all. Several of the games on the system ( Pokémon , MarioKart DS , Big Brain Academy , etc.)...

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Smrt Smrt

The DS is a very fun and different console compared to past Gameboys and the PSP. The touchscreen is implemented very well into most games. But when compared to the DS Lite it is a very ugly and big console. There are many good and memorable games available for the DS but recently there seems to...

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fryry fryry

The original nintendo DS was a great portable gaming console dont get me wrong, but i never really enjoy using it. It was large, ugly, the hinges broke pretty easily and the graphics left a lot of room for improvement. Besides the only reason that you get a DS is to play Mario, Zelda and Pokemon...

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