If you are looking for where to buy a Nintendo DS Lite online, you can do so from Amazon.com here (click on the banner to go directly to the relevant page):
Alternatively, you can look through a variety of colors for your favorite handheld console in the carousel below and click on the one that you want:
The Nintendo DS Lite is a portable console gaming system that has two separate screens. The bottom one is a touch screen where you can use either a finger or stylus (looks like a pen) to select different options or move your character while playing a game. On either side of the bottom screen there is a four-button layout and a standard directional control pad like the older Nintendo systems had. Meanwhile, you can view the game action on the top screen that opens up like a laptop computer.
Similar to the console systems of yore, the DS uses its own style of cartridges but manages to maintain backward compatibility with the Game Boy Advance titles. Although smaller in capacity than the Sony PSP’s comparable software, the loading speed is significantly faster.
The DS Lite represents an improvement over the original Nintendo DS that was released back in 2004. Not much has changed in terms of the basic functions, but the DS is significantly lighter and slimmer, making it somewhat easier to carry. Most people seem to think that it also looks more stylish and has a better layout, including a power switch that is clearly distinguishable from the Start and Select buttons.
The system includes an AC adapter, two matching stylus accessories, a wrist strap, an embedded microphone, a removable cover for its Game Boy Advance cartridge slot, and a lithium ion battery that is supposed to last for 5 to 19 hours of playing time per charge. Here are the product’s technical specifications according to the Amazon.com listing:
- 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.
The Nintendo DS Lite comes in a variety of colors, including polar white, onyx black, crimson with black trim, cobalt blue, coral pink, metallic silver, and metallic rose. There is also a Limited Edition Pink Ribbon version, which as the name suggests has a nice little pink ribbon symbol emblazoned on the top cover. It is not known whether the pink ribbon confers any special powers upon the system’s owner, but it is slightly more expensive than the other versions.
Nintendo DS Lite Video Reviews
Here is a good video review of this particular handheld console system that was produced by a user named “cabel” at YouTube. It demonstrates some of the design improvements of the current Lite version over the original Nintendo DS:
Meanwhile, here is another video review of the DS Lite by JTHR at Metacafe that explains a few more of the new features:
Coming soon: Nintendo DSi
Interestingly, there has been a new version of the Nintendo DS produced in Japan called the Nintendo DSi. It has a number of improvements over the older versions, such as a thinner size, larger screens, two VGA digital cameras, 256 megabytes of internal flash memory, better WiFi support, and a new SD card slot. However, it will no longer be backward compatible with the Game Boy Advance line of games. Currently it is only available in Japan, where over 500,000 units have already been sold in the first month after release. Nintendo is scheduled to release it into the North American markets by mid-2009. Until then, the general consensus among reviewers is that if you’re looking to buy a Nintendo DS and don’t already have one, the Lite version is probably the best value for your money.