Nintendo DS Lite -- As Weak as Miller Lite?

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I'm still trying to figure out what the bruhaha is over Nintendo's redesigned DS. So it weighs less and has a brighter screen. Excuse me if I don't break into hysterics. Real men (a) don't need a "lighter" handheld; that's why we have massive bulging muscles, and (b) don't need "brighter" colors. Bright colors are for sissies and pansies. Still, I can't seem to get away from news about launch "partays" today--it's on Kotaku, Max Console, Engadget and Joystiq just for starters. Who needs to pay for publicity when everyone's willing to do it for free? Geez. Well, if you're the type of man who would dress up like Mario or Luigi (or Princess) and stand around for hours to get your "Lite," then you deserve what you get. Funny thing is, though, everyone's so enraptured by the DS Lite blitz that they've managed to let this sneak-peak of the PS3 Startup Screen pass by without comment. I, for one, aren't going to mention the DS Lite at all.

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Mark Vergeer
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seen the brighter screen and it's definitely better

The New DS Lite screen does seem to have a broader viewing angle than it's older incarnation. The viewing angle of the old version is pretty bad, it's pretty good playing the old DS close-up but being 6'8" having pretty long arms and holding the DS a bit further away from the face than a ten year old does make the screens less clear because I tend to be outside the perfect viewing angle.
With the new DS lite (I managed to get a hold of a demo version since it is only to be released next month over here) this doesn't seem to be a problem anymore. So the new version does have its advantages for me, the huge lad with long arms wanting to play a little less up close ;)
-= Mark Vergeer - Armchair Arcade editor =-

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Bill Loguidice
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To me, beyond the obvious

To me, beyond the obvious differences in technology choices, the biggest difference between the PSP and the DS were the screens. The DS screen was simply lacking in comparison. I do plan on getting a DS lite for the screen quality alone, though I'm not necessarily happy about the smaller size. I'll definitely be giving the old DS to the wife and let her play Super Princess Peach and New Super Mario Bros.

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Seb
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Feels like somebody turned on the lights...

I got mine this morning, and it's worth it just for the screen. It really makes a big difference. The colors were a bit washed out in the previous "plain" DS version. Now we have nice contrast, nice blacks... rich, saturated colors. From a developer's point of view, it's more WYSIWYG than before. No bad surprises when you finally see your work on the screen.

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I'm getting mine

I'm picking up mine next week and giving the old DS to the kid. I hear internet browsing is next inline for the DS. Like you all said, the brighter screen is worth it for me and the new button layout. I tried playing in the car waiting for the kid to finish dance class and it was just too bright to do it....sun on the screen that is.

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Matt Barton
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And buy one for mom, too!

Just imagine how excited your mom will be to receive a shiny new Nintendo DS Lite for her birthday!

The Gift of Pong: Have you ever made your mom this happy???The Gift of Pong: Have you ever made your mom this happy???

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Seb
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Good Idea!

Actually she might like playing Brain Age.

forcefield58
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DS Lite

I got the DS Lite and haven't had much of a chance to do much with it other than take it out of the box and setup preferences. Right off the bat, the look and feel is alot "cleaner" than the original. It's "tight", I guess that's what the younger set says, hahaha. The cool white color makes it look almost Ipod-ish. As soon as I get it fully charged I'll play with the screen brightness.

A question for the masses: I have a bunch of DS games in progress on my original unit. I assume the games are "saved" on the unit itself on some kind of memory. I can see alot or replaying on the DS Lite it thats the case.

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Mark Vergeer
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game saves on carts

Forcefield,
The games are saved on a flash part of the game cart memory. Sticking your cartridge in the other unit will allow you to continue your saved games no prob.

-= Mark Vergeer - Armchair Arcade editor =-

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forcefield58
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That's a relief!!

Thanks for the info re saving on the game cards. I was hoping that was the case.

I was really surprised at the difference in brightness of the screen and the colors being richer, at least to me that is. Button placement will take a bit to get used to, but all in all, a very good design change.

Not sure why the power adapter interface had to change though, its a bit smaller than the original one (the fact that its smaller is probably the reason).

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