Nintendo DS Review

Category: Gaming Systems - Date: December 9, 2005

Nintendo DS

Overall Rating
Design
Features
Performance

Nintendo DS Review Introduction

The Nintendo Ds is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. The DS has several key features: a sharp design, terrific graphics, two screens, voice recognition, wireless multi-player options, and a touch screen. The Nintendo DS provides users with a unique game-play experience using features never before offered by any other home console or handheld game system.

Nintendo DS Design

With the Nintendo DS closed, it’s 5.85″ wide, 3.33″ long, 1.13″ tall. The upper screen is a 3″ semi-transparent reflective TFT color LCD, 256×192 pixel resolution and .24 mm dot pitch. The touch screen is the same as the upper screen, but with a transparent analog touch screen. As far as its’ wireless communication abilities, it’s the standard IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo’s proprietary format, with a wireless range of up to 100 feet, depending on the circumstances. With its’ wireless abilities, multiple players can play multi-player games using just one DS game card. Input/Output: Ports for both Nintendo DS game cards and Game Boy Advance Game Paks, terminals for stereo headphones and a microphone. As for the controls, there’s a touch screen, embedded microphone for voice recognition, the A, B, X, Y buttons and a control pad, Left / Right shoulder buttons, and the Start / Select buttons.

Nintendo DS Features

The Nintendo DS transformed the portable game industry by changing the way gamers relate to their games and to each other. Two screens offer two different perspectives of the action simultaneously. The touch screen makes accessing items, moving characters around, or navigation menus as easy as a tap or a drag on the screen. The Nintendo DS’ voice recognition abilities lets players simply tell the game what they want it to do. Chat software allows gamers to transmit text messages as well, handwriting and even drawings to one another. The wireless function links players in the same room or even across the country.

Nintendo DS Performance

The Nintendo DS has two processors, one ARM9 and one ARM7. These are higher-end processors used in some PDA’s and it gives the DS a lot of power. This power translates into a good quality in the graphics, which are quite impressive for a handheld, and full 3D with a very smooth frame rate.

What’s included in the package

The standard Nintendo DS video game console, AC adapter, a wrist strap, two styluses, and an instruction manual.

Conclusion

The Nintendo DS has dual screens and touch-screen technology, plus wireless communication to experience real-time multiplayer game play, plus the built-in PictoChat software that gives you the power to draw, write and send messages. Simply put, the Nintendo DS has revolutionized the way you view a handheld console. Nintendo knows that these new features present in the machine will attract developers to create unique games. This new console makes Nintendo retain its status as the leader of the handheld game console market.


3 Responses to “Nintendo DS Review”

  1. HUNTER Says:

    I LOVE THE DS

  2. HUNTER GREENSILL Says:

    THE DS IS VERY SMART AMAZING MATINE.. BUT THE GAMES ARE VERY PRICY. AND IT CAN TRANSMIT 10KMS AWAY FROM A HOTSPOTS USUALLY LOCATED AT A MACDONALDS STORE GOOD REVIEW

  3. janissan Says:

    This nintendo DS is very cool, has nice bright colors and easy to use. The graphics are nice too.