One piece of advice when it comes to buying games' please do some research before going to the store. They good news is you can buy used GBA games and DS games from $10 to $35. The bad news is you'll be wasting $35 if the game sucks. Try to stay away from games spawned by movies. 9 out to 10 of movie-games belong in the trash bin. Here's a list of the current top 10 DS games to get you started:

New Super Mario Bros.
Mario Kart DS Racing
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Tetris DS Puzzle
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Sonic Rush Action
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Kirby Canvas Curse

The DS Lite design is sleeker than the original DS. At first glance, you'd think that Apple had something to do with it. The buttons and D-pad are located where my thumbs can comfortably sit and twiddle. There are also the Left and Right finger buttons on the front for addition controls. The sound is actually clear and louder than what I expected. The DS Lite has both external speakers and a headset plug. Bring it!

What's making gamers crazy about the DS Lite is the clarity and brightness of its screen compared to its predecessor, the DS. Colors are vibrant and clean. One of my complaints is that the DS Lite does not have an external brightness button like the PSP. You'll have to get out of the game and access the feature via the on-screen menu. The DS and DS Lite use a touch-screen that gives players an option to use a stylus a la PDA devices to maneuver within the games. It took a little time for me to get use to it but it does add a unique feel for the games. A couple of fun games such as 'Yoshi Touch' and 'Wario Touched' take advantage of this feature and make the games really addictive. Imagine Wack-A-Mole and Duck Hunt combined' its mindless fun. We can all use mindless fun from time to time.

Of course, I have to find things that bugged me a little. The lack of an external brightness control is the main one. Access to the battery is another one. While the battery life was decent, I just wished I didn't have to unscrew a bolt to replace it. I do a lot of traveling and twiddling an ant-sized screw outside while squished on a plane seat is not my idea of a good time. Of course, with my luck, I'll end up losing the screw altogether. Then it's duct tape to the rescue.

I've read some whiny complaints about the DS Lite hinge problem. There's really no problem. FYI' Don't bend it all the way and you won't have a hinge problem. This issue was raised and dramatized by hosts/comedians of a certain all-games network that needed to fill time in one of their segments.

Overall, Nintendo's DS Lite is a must-have portable game system. The games support for this system is phenomenal. I wish I had more time to play in a day. I haven't had this much fun since'um'my first Gameboy. The DS Lite is currently selling for around $140. It's getting hot again. It's time to take my DS Lite and grab a cold one.


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