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Happy 4th Birthday, Nintendo DS!

maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what?New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
edited October 2008 in Games and Technology
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In about a month and a half we'll be celebrating the 4th birthday of the Nintendo DS series of handheld gaming systems. Let's look back on 4 fucking awesome years.

From Wikipedia:
The Nintendo DS (ニンテンドーDS, Nintendō Dīesu?, sometimes abbreviated to DS or NDS) is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in 2004 in Canada, the United States, and Japan. The console features a clamshell design, similar to the Game Boy Advance SP, with two LCD screens inside - with the bottom one being a touchscreen. The Nintendo DS also features a built-in microphone and supports wireless IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) standards,[5] allowing players to interact with each other within short range (10–30 m, depending on conditions) or online with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, which launched later in the console's lifespan. This was the first Nintendo console to be released in North America prior to Japan.

The system's code name was Nitro,[6] and this can be seen in the model number that appear on the unit (NTR-001).[7] The console's name officially refers to "Developers' System", in reference to the new game design the system was meant to inspire, and "Dual Screen", the system's most obvious and distinct feature.[8]

On March 2, 2006, Nintendo released the Nintendo DS Lite, a redesign of the Nintendo DS, in Japan. It was later released in North America, Europe, and Australia in June 2006. The DS Lite is a slimmer and lighter version of the Nintendo DS and has brighter screens. Nintendo of America refers to the older model as the "original style" Nintendo DS.

OP Update to come, including amazing DS games, later when I've got the time. (And when I'm not at work)

Discuss.

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  • liquidloganliquidlogan Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Is that first DS a prototype that was unveiled which eventually ended up as the one in the middle? Because I sure as fuck never remember the first one.

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  • ArceusArceus Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Is that first DS a prototype that was unveiled which eventually ended up as the one in the middle? Because I sure as fuck never remember the first one.
    It is.

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  • NickleNickle Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I love you little guy.

    Even if you have a crack now, and I'll have to send you in eventually.

    Just one more case of PW3 to finish up first.

    And then maybe some FFTA2. And a couple games of civilization.

    I don't want to let you go. :(

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Nintendo DS
    First one difficult to see mario
    Lite comes, hooray

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  • liquidloganliquidlogan Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Arceus wrote: »
    Is that first DS a prototype that was unveiled which eventually ended up as the one in the middle? Because I sure as fuck never remember the first one.
    It is.

    Wow. We've come a long way in design. That thing (and the one we actually received quite frankly) is hideous.

    I must say that when the DS first came out I was incredibly skeptical. I eventually took it serious based entirely on Metroid Prime: Hunters demonstrations and games like Trauma Center. I still feel that in a lot of ways the shooter genre on the DS isn't filled out enough on the system. Its definitely the king of the pick-up-n-play style game.

    It still sells like a champ though which is unsurprising I guess based on the GB history. In my EB, I'm continually surprised by the sheer number of consoles sold and the fact that the DS continues to have such a huge library. Compare that to the PSP which has less than half a page in our coming soon binder and a section that is constantly shrinking.

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Nickle wrote: »
    I love you little guy.

    Even if you have a crack now, and I'll have to send you in eventually.

    Just one more case of PW3 to finish up first.

    And then maybe some FFTA2. And a couple games of civilization.

    I don't want to let you go. :(

    Dammit.

    I sent in my first DSL when I had the hinge crack pop up on me.

    Now I'm on my second, and it's one of those little clear plastic shells, so the hinge isn't as noticable.

    But there's a 95% chance that it's cracked.

    And fuck now I'm going to check when I get home.

    Fuck. Oh well, I guess as long as it doesn't fall apart completely I shouldn't let it bother me. Besides, if it did, it'd likely fall right in line with getting a DSi. :P

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  • NickleNickle Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Nickle wrote: »
    I love you little guy.

    Even if you have a crack now, and I'll have to send you in eventually.

    Just one more case of PW3 to finish up first.

    And then maybe some FFTA2. And a couple games of civilization.

    I don't want to let you go. :(

    Dammit.

    I sent in my first DSL when I had the hinge crack pop up on me.

    Now I'm on my second, and it's one of those little clear plastic shells, so the hinge isn't as noticable.

    But there's a 95% chance that it's cracked.

    And fuck now I'm going to check when I get home.

    Fuck. Oh well, I guess as long as it doesn't fall apart completely I shouldn't let it bother me. Besides, if it did, it'd likely fall right in line with getting a DSi. :P

    I've got a few of those shitty console games to play, so I won't be totally alone if I send in my DS.

    Not totally.
    hold me

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  • DisDis Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    *Pets his Trusty 4 year old NDS FAT

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  • Waka LakaWaka Laka Riding the stuffed Unicorn If ya know what I mean.Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Happy Birthday you little money printer.

    God I've got a stack of games.

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  • NickleNickle Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I suppose I could hang out with friends or something.

    But friends don't play Phoenix Wright.

    No matter where you put the cartridge.

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  • slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    The Nintendo DS is definitely my favorite handheld console ever. The thing I love about it is the wide variety of unique and addicting games it has.

    I have probably 30 some odd games for the system and great games are still coming out! Just this week, an otherwise "dead week," the Nintendo DS is getting 2 likely-to-be-great games (Bleach DS2 and Legend of Kage 2).

    There's no stopping it!


    I love this thing.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
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    The image just gets more and more appropriate as time goes on.

    It is interesting to think that the system is four years old ... I waited until mid '05 to pick one up (the combination of Kirby Canvas Curse and Meteos got to me), but I feel like I've had mine forever, though I think that's because the library is an excellent blend of retro hits, updated classics and brand-new experiences. It also came along just as my own gaming tastes were changing and my preferences shifted from home console to gaming as my primary way to game. I don't know if I still really care enough to rate my "favorite" gaming consoles anymore in some kind of goofy Metacritic way, but if I did, I'd put the DS right alongside the SNES.

    Although you peeps still holding on to Fats don't know what you're missing.

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  • YerMumYerMum Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm fairly certain that having my DS has stopped me from flipping out and killing all kinds of people while stuck in foreign countries for work. It's a slice of gaming crack that you can take with you anywhere.

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  • BamelinBamelin Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm on my third DS. My first one was a Phat (sold it when I bought a 360 in 2005).

    My second one (DSLite) I bought for nsmb but ended up selling it as well. The third one I bought two days ago as my PSP broke.

    I think the DS is a great little system ... I realized how I liked it for portable gaming than my PSP was mainly because it's so much more sturdier. The games are also provide such a great combination of retro combined with innovation due to the dual screen.

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Lunker wrote: »
    It is interesting to think that the system is four years old ... I waited until mid '05 to pick one up (the combination of Kirby Canvas Curse and Meteos got to me), but I feel like I've had mine forever, though I think that's because the library is an excellent blend of retro hits, updated classics and brand-new experiences. It also came along just as my own gaming tastes were changing and my preferences shifted from home console to gaming as my primary way to game. I don't know if I still really care enough to rate my "favorite" gaming consoles anymore in some kind of goofy Metacritic way, but if I did, I'd put the DS right alongside the SNES.

    Although you peeps still holding on to Fats don't know what you're missing.

    I bought a Fat in late '05 due to the triple threat of the Blue color being released, the price drop to $129, and the release of Sonic Rush.

    When the Lite was announced about 6 months later I pre-ordered it and after receiving it gave the blue fat to my girlfriend. When the fat started having some issues, I exchanged it using the product replacement plan I bought for it for a Pink one, which went back to the girlfriend.

    The only reason I went to the Lite was the screen quality. It was like night and day, and when I get home I'll have to pull up my comparison pictures I took after getting the system home that night.

    Now with the DSi I'm conflicted as to whether or not I should upgrade. There's alot of neat features but I'm waiting for one of them to scream MUST HAVE, and none have done so just yet.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Oh hey, guess what Nintendo gave the DSi for it's birthday present.

    Fucking REGION LOCKING

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm definitely not going to change in my lite for an i. You'll take my GBA slot away over my dead body, Nintendo!
    I still play FF5/FF6A a lot

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Pureauthor wrote: »
    Oh hey, guess what Nintendo gave the DSi for it's birthday present.

    Fucking REGION LOCKING

    ...on the downloadable software, which was kind of expected, wasn't it?
    Now with the DSi I'm conflicted as to whether or not I should upgrade. There's alot of neat features but I'm waiting for one of them to scream MUST HAVE, and none have done so just yet.

    It's not launcing in the West until way later next year and, as mentioned above, the downloadable software is region-locked, so I think it's best to wait until we know more about the Western release before making a decision. The DSi model seems really incremental as compared to the Lite, though, so I'm going to pass on it.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I wasn't going to get a DSi anyway because I'm not planning on giving up the GBA slot, but region locking in any form sucks.

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  • Waka LakaWaka Laka Riding the stuffed Unicorn If ya know what I mean.Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Anyone else dropped theirs several times? Mine is still kicking the little beast, I swear I dropped it down some stairs and the thing still goes. Darn slippery coating...

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  • DaemonionDaemonion Mountain Man USARegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I've gotten eight people to get a DS since I got mine in 2006. Almost half of them girls that never play vidja games.

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  • citizen059citizen059 hello my name is citizen I'm from the InternetRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Yay DS!

    I need to get mine back from the friend I loaned it to in time for Trackmania DS.

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  • NickleNickle Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Nickle wrote: »
    I suppose I could hang out with friends or something.

    But friends don't play Phoenix Wright.

    No matter where you put the cartridge.
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  • mxmarksmxmarks Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I got my DS less than a week ago for my birthday!

    I got it along with Brain Age from my girlfriend, who promptly said "try it! try it! Oh, look at that! Soduku? Let me see!" and I've yet to take it back from her unless she falls asleep or goes to work. I really was shocked to see how women, for some reason, love the DS.

    I picked up Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations because I couldnt find the other 2, but stopped on the second case when I read that the end is really wasted if you haven't played the other 2. A trip to Goozex later and "Justice For All" is on its way, although I still can't find the original anywhere for less than $27ish.

    And I stopped over at Amazon to get used copies of Sonic Rush ($8!) and Feel The Magic XY/XX ($2!!!), because I'm a sucked for anything quirky that Sega has EVER done.

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  • BTPBTP Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Dis wrote: »
    *Pets his Trusty 4 year old NDS FAT

    Seconded, though the actual birthday is Nov. 21. :P

    I know I'll get a Lite one day, but I'm never getting rid of my launch Phat, even if it does have a semi-stubborn L button.

    Eagerly awaiting Chrono Trigger, Miles Edgeworth, and Trackmania.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I've owned it for... two and a half years, hasn't it been? One of my best gaming purchases ever.

    (I'm also one of the few who, shortly after the Lite was announced, did a through readup on what it was offering, nodded to myself, and went to pick up a DSTank.)

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Anyone have any favorite accessories for their DS?

    I'm considering picking up one of those awesome Penguin DS game wallets.

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    and the clear shell has been a godsend with the amount of scratches it would have otherwise taken.

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    And finally, thank you Hori screen protectors. You're a bitch to put on, and you can get dirty and scratch easily, but hey, at least those aren't scratches that are going on the DS screen itself.

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    BTP wrote: »
    Dis wrote: »
    *Pets his Trusty 4 year old NDS FAT

    Seconded, though the actual birthday is Nov. 21. :P

    Read the OP again.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I don't really see the reason for the DS casing. I mean, for the PSP sure, the huge screen is just begging for protection of some kind, but the clamshell design of the DS guards the important bits pretty well already, so... ?

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  • ArceusArceus Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Lunker wrote: »
    Although you peeps still holding on to Fats don't know what you're missing.
    I plan on going from Phat to DSi once it gets released. It will probably be equivalent to going from GBA to GBA SP. It was like the clouds opened up and rays of sunshine and heavenly music rained out of the sky.

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Pureauthor wrote: »
    I don't really see the reason for the DS casing. I mean, for the PSP sure, the huge screen is just begging for protection of some kind, but the clamshell design of the DS guards the important bits pretty well already, so... ?

    I'm an obsessive compulsive nerd about my gadgets, so when stuff gets scratches, it bugs me. I.E., the backs of iPods, the new shiney PSPs, etc.

    And you're rubbing the screen of this thing with a stick, so scratches abound there as well.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Pureauthor wrote: »
    I don't really see the reason for the DS casing. I mean, for the PSP sure, the huge screen is just begging for protection of some kind, but the clamshell design of the DS guards the important bits pretty well already, so... ?

    I think it's more for the obsessives who hate to see scratches on the pristine surface of the DS. I do keep mine in a case when it's in my bag to avoid unnecessary scratching but otherwise I carry my DS bareback in my pocket with no problems. (EDIT: Beaten by an obsessive! :))
    Pureauthor wrote:
    (I'm also one of the few who, shortly after the Lite was announced, did a through readup on what it was offering, nodded to myself, and went to pick up a DSTank.)

    Do you have something against increased brightness, battery life and color saturation? :) Or was it just that you didn't want to wait for it to be released?

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  • ArceusArceus Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    The DS Phat screens are actually perfectly fine. Of course the Lite screens are a bit nicer but it's not like the original GBA where the thing is basically unplayable unless you're like on the very surface of the sun so you can see anything. I never have problems with the battery life either.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Color saturation and brightness (i.e. visuals) I usually do well enough with anyway. I never saw a need to upgrade from the original GBA model, after all.

    And as for battery life, it was a plus, but not enough to actually matter. I can count all of one time where the battery on my DSTank fizzled, and that was a straight week of no recharging, so it's unlikely to be an issue going on.

    Also, DSTank was cheaper. I like to look after my finances. :p

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  • BTPBTP Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    BTP wrote: »
    Dis wrote: »
    *Pets his Trusty 4 year old NDS FAT

    Seconded, though the actual birthday is Nov. 21. :P

    Read the OP again.

    And where is the exact date specified? "In a month and a half"?

    Wait, what's the date today?......(checks.......does math....)Well, damn, it's exactly a month and a half!

    Anyway, who still goes online with the thing? I could use some Worms 2 friend codes.

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  • slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I probably won't bother with the DSi because I have no need of a camera, and I do love having my GBA slot. The downloadable service sounds good, but I'd rather wait to see how extensive that feature is before really buying into it. The browser I can live without. The music and photos I don't care. And it'll probably be expensive. But I can see how other people may want it, especially if they want the camera option.

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  • InzignaInzigna Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Next-gen is now FOUR YEARS OLD?

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  • OpiumOpium regular
    edited October 2008
    slash000 wrote: »
    I probably won't bother with the DSi because I have no need of a camera, and I do love having my GBA slot. The downloadable service sounds good, but I'd rather wait to see how extensive that feature is before really buying into it. The browser I can live without. The music and photos I don't care. And it'll probably be expensive. But I can see how other people may want it, especially if they want the camera option.
    I think the DSi is like the GBC: at first games will be compatible with both systems (e.g. Pokemon Silver/Gold, Conker's Pocket Tales which were monochrome on the GB(P) and fully colorized on the GBC) but after a while DSi-only titles will start popping up (e.g. Oracle of Seasons/Ages, Wario Land 3 which only worked in the GBC). So you will need to upgrade eventually to be able to play the equivalents of the Oracle games and WL3. That's why Nintendo is calling it the third pillar.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Pureauthor wrote: »
    Also, DSTank was cheaper. I like to look after my finances. :p

    This has rarely stopped me. :D ... :| ... :(

    Also, from a logistical standpoint I directly have to thank the Nintendo DS for rekindling my love of point-and-click adventures. I enjoyed Sam & Max Hit the Road when it launched but never really played any others; flash-forward to when I decided to pick up Trace Memory on a whim, and I really liked it. Then I heard all the buzz about Phoenix Wright and I decided to gamble on it (how can a lawyer game actually be fun?), and I loved it. Several games later, it's inspiring me to draw out my old PC laptop and track down some other adventure games. I played Grim Fandango for the first time ever last year and I adored it. Between the DS and Wii efforts, Nintendo's becoming a curator of an almost-dead genre.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    ...Please tell me you've played the Monkey Island games.

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