Finally, the highly anticipated Nintendo DS has arrived. Preceding the famous GameBoy heritage, the DS is no longer under the GameBoy family.
The Nintendo DS looks slightly bulky at the first glance and it wouldn’t actually fit to your regular jeans pocket. It looks longer as compared with the GameBoy Advance SP as well but just as thick as the SP. You’d be surprise to know that the DS comes with two different screens (one at the top panel and the other is at the bottom) and the one at the bottom is a touch screen. An absolute fun as well and increases player’s interactivity with the game as well.
So how good is the touch screen on the DS? Well first of all, you wouldn’t have to use your fingers and instead, a stylus was given to you at the back of the DS. The touch screen works pretty well and certainly comparable with those of a PDA. Nintendo’s R&D team has certainly put a significant amount of effort on making this. However, we wouldn’t know whether the stylus would actually scratch the surface of the screen as we’ve only used it not long enough for this to show.
Old GameBoy users will have two additional buttons available on the DS and those are the X and Y keys in addition to the old A and B. Besides that, the volume of the DS isn’t so loud as compared with its predecessors but it is still loud enough to be heard in a loud environment. The screen is also backlit so those who were having problem with front lit SPs can now say goodbye to those problem. In a bright environment, the screen of the DS can still be seen without putting a lot of effort.
The DS has been here for quite a while and due to this, the amount of games available on it had also increased exponentially. Users are exposed to a wide arrange of games available in multiple genre. However, sorry to say that although the DS had a graphic improvement as compared with the SP, it still lags behind Sony’s PSP. On the other hand, the DS is more family friendly and has some very interesting game titles as well.
Multiplayer games would no longer be on cable thanks to the wireless Ad-Hoc feature which allows users to connect other DS users wirelessly. In addition this, Nintendo had also programmed an application called PictoChat which allows the user to chat with other DS players within the vicinity. No keyboard is available on DS so you would have to write down the notes that you would want to pass on through the touch screen.
The DS is certainly a good device and is certainly an improvement over the Advance SP. With its wide array of titles, the R4 DS would certainly be a favorite amongst children and adults alike. Only time will tell us how successful it would be in the future.