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The Nintendo DS Lite
Intro and Unpacking
The Nintendo DS Lite is a dual-screen handheld game console, a slimmer, more lightweight version of the popular Nintendo DS, 42% smaller in volume and 21% lighter than the original console.
The controls have been adjusted slightly, with the Start/Select buttons being moved below the A/B/X/Y buttons. The microphone has been relocated to the hinge in the center of the system. The screens have also been updated, with four levels of brightness, all brighter than the original. In addition, the screen borders touch when the clamshell is closed, preventing an object from slipping between them and scratching the displays. Battery life is a whopping nine hours more than the original DS (on minimum brightness), despite the inclusion of Wi-Fi still.
The DS Lite, in addition to its own DS cartridges, includes backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance cartridges, though these now protrude about 1 cm from the DS Lite's casing.
Having previously played the original DS briefly, my impressions of that were of over-plasticky design, too many loose bits and a dim screen that meant that games had to be played in a darkened room. Not to mention that part of the bulk was to allow insertion of the large Game Boy Advance cartridges.
The DS Lite, as was hinted at above, fixes all the problems with style. It feels smaller (because it is!), more polished (both literally and physically) and you'll find yourself picking it up and appreciating it as a good piece of third-generation hardware design.
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No complaints overall though, the Nintendo DS Lite is an excellent buy and a good 'keep 'em amused' tool for the family for rainy days and journeys.
DS LITE SPECS
Weight (including battery and stylus):
Power and Battery