The Nintendo DS is awesome!

I got myself a Nintendo DS. It's amazing! It's the first gameboy / handheld gaming device I've ever purchased.

The things I like most about it:

  1. The New Super Marios Bros:  Great software sells a platform. This was the big reason I got one.
  2. The stylus and dual screens. At first I thought this would be a gimmick, but it's a new feature that actually has a great natural fit.
  3. Easy on, easy off. There's no boot time, and it has instant hibernate. I wish my laptop had that!  Technically it's not hibernate since it still drains power and only lasts for a week But practically, a week is long enough to give me chance to recharge it, and so it accomplishes what I want from hibernate, but does it faster.
  4. A lithium ion battery (no AAs), and great battery life.  It boasts a 14 hour life in use; and a week when "hibernated".  Basically, if I plug it in at night, I never have to worry about buying batteries or running out of juice. And not having to worry about things lets me enjoy it more.
  5. "it just works" wireless support. I never thought networking could be truly idiot proof. In my experience with networking, there's usually some DNS thing, router problem, security issue, config issue, etc that goes wrong.
  6. Great form factor. It's small, no sharp edges, and fits in my pocket. I'm a big fan of clamshell design (my phone is a clamshell too).

It just feels like an overall complete solution. It's not only fun, but it's an inspiring feat of engineering.

Comments (9)

  1. Ben says:

    I strongly recommend picking up some of the Atlus titles, like Trauma Center and Phoenix Wright – both are really great games (and Trauma Center really exploits the touch screen!). Cooking Mama is also a recent release that shows off the system and if you’ve got some friends who have NDS’ too, get Mario Kart as the wifi action is amazing 🙂

    <– recently picked up an NDS after getting bored with my PSP, although coding for the PSP is much more fun!

  2. Matt Phillips says:

    ‘basically, if I plug it in at night, I never have to worry about buying batteries or running out of juice.’

    You just have your conscience to worry about – about how much greenhouse gas you’re producing

  3. I’ve never liked any gameboy or handheld, but my friend showed me his Nintendo DS, and I fell in love.  I played Mario the rest of the night and loved it.

    Hope you enjoy it!

  4. CJWalker says:

    What does this have to do with Microsoft?

  5. Lycangeek says:

    Oh come now – you can’t give up on PC games that easily…

    1. Okay, we don’t have that one

    2. Stylus? Never played Battlefield 2 on a tablet, but I guess you could…Dual screen? Check!

    3. Easy on, yep – just one button, usually…depends on your monitor, speakers, etc…but could be. Instant on? Well, instant coffee is once the water is hot 🙂

    4. Battery?!? Who needs a battery when you’ve got this great cord!

    5. IJW – ummm…well, if you use C++/CLI, you got it…right, next …

    6. Well, I’ve got to give you this one. I’m still complaining about the various Media Edition PCs that have been put out. iTV is going to embarrass DELL and HP no end…

    Okay, so maybe there are some advantages to a non-PC game platform, but I’d like to see you try to play Civ IV on that thing! 🙂

  6. PC games are great too. I’m a big fan of Civ.  It’s not so much the non-PC, but the portability niche that I care about here.

    1. I’m surprised you didn’t mention an emulator…

    3. "instant coffee is once the water is hot"

    Great quote!

    5. I’d say the DS raises the bar for what is considered IJW.

  7. CJWalker – nothing specific to microsoft here. However, as an engineer, seeing a great feat of engineering is always inspiring.

  8. The last time I could beat a computer at chess was probably about 15-20 years ago. I’ve gotten marginally

  9. " Drawn to Life ", is a Nintendo DS game that lets you draw various objects in the game, such as the

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