- Game library The DS may have a lot of shovelware but it also has many fantastic games from every major publisher and that's on top of the wonderful Game Boy Advance library.
- Graphics The DS has graphics which are better then the N64. Which given the size of the system and the battery life is impressive.
- Battery life I am always impressed by how long it last. I don't think that it has ever died on me. I can always find an outlet first even if it takes a week.
- Portability (size / weight) I've never had a problem fitting this in a pocket or playing while laying in bed. Nor finding space for it in my often crowded backpacks over the years.
- Durability I've bounced this system off the pavement and then picked it up and kept playing.
The software is bare bones. But considering when it was released that is understandable. But coming from a first gen Game Boy Advanced was like night and day. I have spent more time in Pictochat then I would have ever guessed and played many grade A titles.
The hardware is lovely with the glossy black shell and innovative dual screen arrangement. It has never looked outdated or out of place even when sitting next to a brand new 3DS.
Indeed I love this system so much that if my current one ever breaks it I am committed to replacing it immediately.
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