Nintendo DS — Ages — $129.99 (msrp)
With Nintendo DS, dual screens and touch-screen technology allow you to interact with games like never before. Wireless communication allows you to experience real-time multiplayer gameplay, while built-in PictoChat software gives you the power to draw, write and send messages wirelessly. Nintendo DS revolutionizes the way games are played.
Two LCD screens offer one of the most groundbreaking gameplay advances ever developed.
Imagine the possibilities. In a racing game, you might see your own vehicle's perspective on one screen and an overall track view on the other. Soon, games could be created allowing you to play games on one screen while sending text messages on the other.
Each 3-inch screen can reproduce a true 3D view, with impressive 3D renderings that can surpass images displayed on the Nintendo 64.
The lower screen offers something never before provided by any dedicated game device: touch-screen capabilities.
You no longer have to rely on just buttons to move your character or shift perspectives. Navigate menus or access inventory items simply by touching the screen with a stylus or fingertip. The possibilities are limited only by developers' imaginations.
The touch screen features a tougher film cover for durability, and the included stylus is stored in the back of the unit.
A built-in microphone port means that with Nintendo DS, you only need to tell your games what to do.
Developers could create games which identify everything from voice commands to hand-clapping. Imagine moving your characters simply by telling them which way to go! Communication-based games could use the microphone and you can chat with others over a local network, or even the Internet in the future.
You can connect with a local wireless network of up to 16 players.The wireless range can be an incredible 30 to 100 feet and for some games, multiplayer requires just one Nintendo DS game card.
Future games may take advantage of the DS Wireless LAN connection for more multiplayer possibilities.
Nintendo DS sound capabilities allow for greatly expanded use of voices and music, and a richer, more immersive game experience.
Stereo speakers allow for virtual surround sound and a plug for headphones transmits stereo sound. Hear something in your left headphone? Audio clues can give you advance warning that an enemy is approaching or that a hidden secret is nearby.
Sound can be one of the most immersive components of any video game, and Nintendo DS delivers big sound in a small package.
Nintendo DS features a separate media port for Game Boy Advance cartridges. Nintendo DS allows you to play all your favorite Game Boy Advance games in a single-player mode.
The Nintendo DS Wrist Strap has a small plastic pad attached to it that can be used on the touch screen. This pad is designed for use on games that work better with a sliding type of control, such as Super Mario 64 DS or Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt.