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The DS Life: Handheld over feet

Eric Caoili

Though many recognize the original Game Boy as a pioneer that introduced handheld gaming to the masses, few realize that the gray brick was also instrumental in the emergence of another important video game platform -- the upside-down gaming console!

Yes, there were other portables which featured built-in upside-down capabilities years before Nintendo entered the field, but, as with handheld gaming, the Game Boy was the first system to truly bring upside-down gaming to the mainstream. And while several adventurous gamers attempted upside-down gaming with their home consoles, ignoring hardware limitations and their own common sense, this often resulted in either strained eyes or broken television sets.

Nintendo obviously sees upside-down gaming as a high-priority feature, as it has made sure to implement the functionality with every one of its portables (save the Virtua Boy), from the Game & Watch to its latest upside-down gaming console, the Nintendo DS.

To honor Nintendo's upside-down gaming consoles and to show you that I'm totally serious with my praise for them, here's the music video for Alanis Morissette's "Head Over Feet." It's a pretty rad song in spite of the video's close-ups on Alanis's face and her crazy, Canadian eyes.

Upside-down gaming, you are the bearer of unconditional things. You held your breath ... and the door for me. Thanks for your patience.

Harmonicaaaaaaa ...

That's right, upside-down gaming is my best friend -- best friend with benefits!

The DS Life is a weekly feature in which we scour the known world for narrative images of Nintendo's handheld and handheld gamers. If you have a photo and a story to match it with, send both to thedslife at dsfanboy dot com.

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