by, 1st November 2008 at 07:54 AM (702 Views)
Really wish I had the money to buy one of these right now.
I feel like a lot of people are being unnecessarily critical of the newest version of the Nintendo DS. The biggest complaint I've seen is the lack of the GBA slot, but I really don't think it's that bit a deal at all. Personally, I've got my DS Lite (which isn't going to suddenly fade out of existence the instant I buy a DSi, contrary to what people on the Internet are acting like will happen), my GBA SP, and, back in the States, the Game Boy Player. There's also the classic GBA, the GBA Micro, and the old school Nintendo DS. I'm sure the folks out there complaining about the lack of a GBA slot can find some way to play their old games.
Sure, you have games like Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (though, personally, I haven't picked the game up since April) and Guitar Hero that make use of the slot, but the kind of people who are interested in those games won't have waited until just now to finally buy themselves a Nintendo DS. They would have gotten a classic DS or a DS Lite ages ago.
I don't see a problem with the DSi region locking thing, either. Regular DS games will be playable on the system regardless of what region the game was bought in, so it's not like all your import games will become useless all of a sudden. At worst, you won't get to download some DSWare game based on some popular Japan-only variety show. OH NOES!!!!!
The biggest minus I have about the new version is the shortened battery life, but, outside of plane rides across the Pacific, I don't really need my DS to be on for hours and hours at a time.
Otherwise, the system looks like it has a number of great improvements that I can't wait to try out. Bigger screen, built-in web browser, neat photo programs, a music player, downloadable games...I wonder if I'll even want to go back to playing my DS Lite after playing around with this system for a bit.
I'll probably pick up the system in a few weeks (and get Chrono Trigger DS, while I'm at it), so I'm interested to see how my hands-on impressions will differ from my expectations.
Also, have you guys seen the instruction manual for this thing? Absolutely hilarious stuff.
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