My DS and Me

My Nintendo DSIt’s been over two weeks since I picked up my DS so I figured I’d post my experience so far with this Nintendo wonder.

I’m not really sure why I took so long to take the plunge into the world of Dual Screens. At first I thought it looked too big. That definitely isn’t the case. It isn’t small but it’s not as unwiedly as I thought it would be. The screens are fabulous and the touch screen is quite responsive. The buttons are a little too small for my fat fingers and the shoulder buttons aren’t perfect but overall playing feels great.

So what am I playing? The funny thing is, even though I already own two DS games, I’ve been engrossed in Metroid Fusion and that’s all I’ve ben playing. I kept my GBA SP so I could play my old Game Boy and Game Boy Color games but I can see myself playing most of my GBA games on my DS. It looks perfect and controls great.

So GBA games look great. What about actual DS games? I’ve been playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour and Advance Wars DS. Advance Wars makes a perfect transition to the touch screen. I love Advance Wars I/II but I was never in love with navigating with the D-pad. The touch screen is great and really takes AW to the next level. Tiger Woods, on the other hand, doesn’t make as good of a transition. The touch screen could be a good substitute for the golf swing but I just don’t love it. The game itself isn’t so bad but the use of the touch screen isn’t my favorite.

Other ruminations: You can definitely tell the sound (and speakers) are better for the DS. The music and sounds for Advance Wars DS sound much better than the GBA counterparts. Another thing is the stylus. The one that comes with the DS is too small. I would like a bigger stylus.

And games? I blogged way back in February linking to a movie for Another Code (now called Trace Memory). This was what first piqued my interest in the DS and the first game I’m really, truly looking forward to. It hasn’t received a lot of acclaim but I will still give it a try. Of course I’m also looking forward to the online DS games, especially Mario Kart DS and Animal Crossing. I am definitely looking forward to online gaming with the DS.

I also want some sweet DS accessories. I would love one of these (from Video Game Media Watch) and I’d love one of these. I thought about getting a touch screen cover. Does anyone use these?

I’m no trend setter, but since I’ve purchased my DS I’ve noticed that two bloggers I read regularly have also purchased a DS. Jason at loonyblog and Bill Harris at Dubious Quality. (Notice the firs lines) Okay, maybe I am a trendsetter.

Comments

  1. Yeah, I thought the DS was a bit too big too. I would see people on the train play it, and they’d usually play a stylus game, so they’d hold it with one hand, and the stylus with the other. It looked awkward.

    But I bought the DS to play Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, and it you get used to its size quickly. It isn’t as big as it seems. It is a bit small for my big hands, but then again, you can’t please your entire audience that consists of 10 year olds, and adults alike.

  2. I thought the stylus game play would be akward, too, but it works well. It certainly isn’t big, though. It’s a pretty perfect size as far as I’m concerned.

  3. I JUST GOT MY METALLIC BLUE DS LITERALLY 2 DAYS AGO AND I DONT THINK ILL EVER GET TIRED OF IT. IT IS SO DIFFERENT FROM N E OTHER HANDHELD IVE PLAYED. ITS A GAME-LOVER’S SWEETHEART. (AND I WONT BE ONE OF THOSE THAT BASH THE PSP FOR THE DS)THEY R BOTH GREAT SYSTEMS WITH GREAT QUALITIES. I BOUGHT THE SREEN COVERS FOR MY DS @ BESTBUY FOR $4.99. ITS LIKE U CANT EVEN SEE IT, PLUS IT REALLY KEEPS THE NAKED SCREEN ITSELF CLEAR FROM SCRATHCES AND OTHER SHIT ID NORMALLY DO. I WANNA GET TONS MORE OF ACCESORIES, AND GAMES. RIGHT NOW IM PLAYING MARIO KART DS. ITZ A PRETTY COOL GAME. IM ALSO DOODLING ON THE PICTOCHAT. THATS JUST PURE FUN4 ME, AND SOME PEOPLE FIND THAT WEIRD N I SEE Y, PROBABLY BECAUSE IM 21 BUT IM STILL A GAMER 4 LIFE. THE DS IS A REAL GEM. TIGHT!!!

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