Nintendo's latest handheld, released in too-soon-after-the-last-one tradition, a practice that Nintendo has become quite fond of. Shortly following the release of the Gameboy Advance SP, which was released just long enough after its original to double Nintendo's profits as gamers try and get the new one of what they already have, it seems as if Nintendo has no patience anymore and is releasing new handhelds like crazy, giving consumers just enough time to buy one console, then coming out with a new, slightly better version every few months.
The DS features two screens, one being a touch screen. This feature seems gimicky at first, but is quite interesting. Nintendo also brags that there is a place for the stylus, however as long as there have been devices with styluses, there have been places for the stylus. Even a spiral notepad has a place for the pen.
The DS is a Gamer's palm pilot, which brings up the fact that yet another version of the console is coming out with Palm software. Whoever is seen with a DS is immediately a pimp and may attract women. However, the fact remains that Nintendo is primarily child oriented in its games, and more grown up gamers may want to move on to the PSP, which, though lacking the sex appeal and touch screen pimpness of the DS, has much better graphics and can play movies. Though Nintendo is trying like hell to create some kind of compressed file format to sneak movies into it, the PSP hit the ground running.
The Nintendo DS is cooler than I thought it would be.
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