Nintendo DS Lite

Nintendo DS Lite:

Nintendo DS Lite

Nintendo DS Lite is the world's best-selling video game system and it is now available in a cool range of colors to suit any occasion, whether that's in a school back pack, traveling neatly in your purse, for amusement in the family car, or just to complement your favorite outfit. Cobalt / Black now joins Metallic Rose, Polar White, Coral Pink, Onyx Black, Crimson / Black, Pink Ribbon, and limited-edition Gold in the Nintendo DS Lite collection. Of course, they all have those impressive 3D rendered graphics and ultra-bright screens.


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Included in this bundle is the Mario Red Nintendo DS Lite as well as the popular New Super Mario Bros. Twenty years after Nintendo's biggest franchise was born, Super Mario Bros. returns in a dazzling platformer.

For those who need a break from the running, jumping, and general mayhem of a Super Mario game, Nintendo have brought out another limited edition bundle in the form of Ice Blue Nintendo DS Lite.

The best-selling video game system in the world has a new cool new color scheme. Like a black T-shirt with a splash of color, the new Cobalt/Black version of the portable Nintendo DS grabs your attention.

Metallic Pink is back! Metallic Rose made its debut as a limited-edition bundle and now it's back again to round-out the Nintendo DS Lite palette of available colors.

For a really sharp look, Crimson and Black is the way to go! A proven best seller, the Crimson / Black system clearly has a strong personality, just like its owner. Not for wimps!

To exude confidence, Onyx Black is the way to go. Conveys a calm and strong image for players who know what they're about. Suits those feeling at home with a subtle sense of power.

Metallic is for rock 'n' roll, the space age, and now Nintendo's DS-Lite. The bestselling video game system in the world has interstellar good looks. Metallic Silver is an all-new hue that is ready for the 21st century.

The Limited Edition Pink Ribbon DS Lite handheld gaming console now sports the famous pink ribbon that has become synonymous with breast cancer research and awareness.

Lighter, brighter and just as much fun as the original Nintendo DS, Polar White captures the modern essence of the the Nintendo DS Lite, which is smaller than the original DS, with brighter screens and adjustable backlighting.

Add a feminine touch with a Coral Pink system. Players wanting a softer image with ultra-bright dual screens and touch-screen technology can join in the fun.

Gold says it all! This is a special limited edition and you won't believe the low price. Nintendo DS Lite Gold is bundled with two games offering impressive 3D rendered graphics: the Legend of Zelda and Phantom Hourglass.

Nintendo DS Lite

Product Features

* DS Lite doesn't just play DS games – it also features an additional port for Game Boy Advance Game Paks
* Get up to 19 hours continuous gameplay on one charge
* Ready to take on the world? With Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, you can connect wirelessly, chat with friends while you play and compete with Nintendo DS owners across the globe. All you need to play is a Nintendo DS and a Wi-Fi-ready game
* Twin ultra bright LCD screens that combine crisp, punchy colors, along with touch-screen technology on the lower screen
* Powerful dual processors bring 3D graphics to life with lightning-fast rendering

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Nintendo DS Lite revolutionizes the way games are played with ultra-bright dual screens and touch-screen technology. Connect wirelessly to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and put your skills to the test against players across the room or across the world. With impressive 3D rendered graphics and ultra-bright screens, Nintendo DS Lite delivers cutting-edge portable games for fans of any genre. With the Nintendo DS Headset, you can talk and chat over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or voice command games.

Product Details

* Size (closed): 133 millimeters (5.2 inches) wide, 73.9 millimeters (2.9 inches) long, 21.5 millimeters (0.85 inches) tall.

* Top Screen: A backlit, 3-inch, transmissive TFT color LCD with 256 x 192 pixel resolution and .24 mm dot pitch, capable of displaying 260,000 colors.

* Touch Screen: Same specs as top screen, but with a transparent analog touch screen.

* Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo’s proprietary format; wireless range is 30 to 100 feet, depending on circumstances; multiple users can play multiplayer games using just one DS game card.

* Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone for voice recognition, A/B/X/Y face buttons, plus control pad, L/R shoulder buttons, Start and Select buttons. The stylus is 1 centimeter longer and 2 millimeters thicker than the stylus of the original Nintendo DS.

* Input/Output: Ports for both Nintendo DS game cards and Game Boy Advance game paks, terminals for stereo headphones and microphone. A removable cover for the Game Boy Advance game pak slot provides added protection from dust and other foreign materials.

* Other Features: Embedded PictoChat software that allows up to 16 users within local range of one another to chat at once; embedded real-time clock; date, time and alarm; touch-screen calibration.

* CPUs: One ARM9 and one ARM7.

* Sound: Stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound, depending on the software.

* Battery: Lithium ion battery delivering five to 19 hours of play on a four-hour charge, depending on use; power-saving sleep mode; AC adapter.

* Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian.

* Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses.

* Product Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 4 inches ; 1 pounds

Customer Comments

By... Sean (Aurora, Colorado)
People will no doubt find the Nintendo DS Lite to be a way for Nintendo to sucker people out of their money. It can be that way, if you think of yourself as a sucker, but for me the DS lite is a little better. Simply put, if you're content with your original DS, then don't even waste time to buy this one. If you don't have a DS period, the DS Lite is a much better investment than the original bulky one.

With the DS Lite, gameplay is made a little simpler. The button placement and brighter screen make the gameplay a little better. For one, the start and select buttons have been moved to resemble where they were on the original Gameboy Advance. This makes handling some of the functions (especially for GBA games) a lot easier. The buttons, sadly, are a still a little small for guys with big hands like myself.

The DS Lite also comes with a phony GBA cartridge (called a "cap"). If you don't have a GBA game plugged into the system, you can put in the phony cartridge to keep it from collecting dust in there. However, when you do stick in a GBA game, it sticks out by about a centimeter. It just looks weird. The cap does, at least, keep the system looking good.

Perhaps the most welcome change to the DS Lite is the screen. The original DS screen was not exactly bright. In fact, it was, in comparison the DS Lite, rather dark. Games like Metroid Prime Hunters were darker than they had to be. On this new screen, the difference in how bright the games appear really shows. Not only that but, you can adjust the brightness if need be. It doesn't really affect the battery life, either. You can play the DS Lite for as long as you played the original. And also like the original, it charges while you play.

Another welcome difference is the touch screen itself. These screens last a lot longer than the original DS. Those who have an original DS no doubt experienced a lot of scratches on their screen from their stylus. To the point where it was noticeable. You could still see the screen, but it was apparent that the stylus was doing a number on it. The screen is more protected here. The stylus doesn't scratch the screen quite as easily. In other words, the touch screen lasts a lot longer.

The DS Lite also looks better, and fits in your pocket better. It also performs all the tasks of a regular DS. For example, if you're playing a game and you suddenly have to go, just flip it closed and it sleeps. There's also a place to store the stylus, and the stylus is better too. It's a little bigger and thicker, so it's not quite as easy to lose.

The DS may not play movies, or MP3 players, but to be honest, that almost defeats the purpose of a gaming system. Am I looking to buy a portable entertainment center? Of course not, I'm looking to find a system to play some of my games on, and the Nintendo DS delivers. Real gamers know it's about the games, not about the bells and whistles of a system. For the casual gamer, the Nintendo DS delivers, and the DS Lite is a fine improvement.

The Good
+ Vastly superior to the original DS
+ It fits in your pocket easier
+ The Screen is much brighter
+ Touch screen is more durable
+ The placement of the Start and Select buttons is easier
+ A better stylus
+ The battery life is unchanged

The Bad
- Those with an original DS, who want a DS Lite will have to spend more money for yet another DS
- Some of the cons of the original DS are still here

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