Anyone else pick up the Nintendo DS?

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  1. BrionL

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    I got mine last night at midnight at Wal-Mart. Anyone else pick up one?

    Brion
     
  2. NickSo

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    No, but i went to a local big-box electronics chain store this morning to buy a video switchbox, it was pretty busy (it was like an afternoon rather than a sunday morning)...

    Though looked like they had plenty of stock to meet the demand
     
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    Got mine today. Sexy lil thing. My only real complaint about it is the plastic used for it. It kinda has a cheap alomst hollow feel, not the solid feel usually found with Nintendo handheld products.

    The screens are really good quality. You have to see the games in motion on the system itself to truly appreciate them in my opinion. The screengrabs and videos online dont do it justice.

    I already lost a stylus too dammit! Dropped it in my car, now its somewhere under the drivers seat. Oh well.

    The GBA playing on it I am not happy with though. The screen is just so much better than the SP, but I wish I could choose to change the button layout much like the old Game Boy player on SNES. On the DS it locks the use of the Y and X buttons since the GBA doesnt have them, but I wish I could select whether I want the A and B buttons to act like normal, or use Y and B instead. I think you catch my drift.

    The games are lots of fun too. Super Mario 64 ds is as good as the original at least, with cleaner graphics. The touch control is odd at first, but easy to adjust to.

    The game that I am having the most fun with is FEEL THE MAGIC. What a truly off the wall game, but so much fun. They should have this thing on the demo units to show off the system, as it uses every feature of the DS to full effect.

    Overall, despite some complaints, very very happy with it so far.
     
  4. Rodrick

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    Hey fellow Vancouver BC'er. Well anyways, I packaged up my Advance and also my SP to when they will someday have a deal where I can trade in both of those to get an Gameboy DS.

    I'm hoping Electronic Boutique will do that down the road.

    Also just curious I wonder if Nintendo will make a portable system that will let me use my Gamecube disks in.

    I like the idea of double screen like the old game and watch's. I tried the thumb thing on the bottom screen. It may ruin the screen over use, also I agree to the Stylus.
    I like the idea of 2 cartridge slots. Great Idea Nintendo.
     
  5. Rhoq

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    Yeah – I went to GameStop yesterday to pick-up my DS pre-order.

    I had also reserved a copy of Super Mario 64 DS. The funny thing about it is the N64 is my favorite console of all time, yet I had never owned the original SM64. This is actually my first time playing it!

    The graphics are much better than I had been anticipating. Like everyone has been saying – screen shots don’t do it justice (because of the lack of filtering, screen shots look jagged and rough). You have to see it in action to really get a good sense of what the system offers.

    Both screens are gorgeous and the picture quality is quite sharp. SM64DS is a great title to show-off because of it’s great graphics and vibrant colors. The Metroid Prime: Hunters – First Hunt demo is also quite impressive. The graphics are almost as good as the original MP on the GameCube.

    I would say that the DS is offering graphics that are somewhere between the Nintendo 64 and the GameCube.

    The control – especially the touch screen will definitely take some time to get used to. I was surprised to see how tiny the stylus is. It looked much bigger in pictures. From the way people had been describing it, I was under the impression that it was about 1/3 smaller than your average full-sized stylus. It’s more like 1/3 the size of a standard stylus, LOL. I understand people’s complaints about the small stylus, but to be honest I have no problem with it all. I find it to be quite comfortable and easy to use – this is coming from someone with rather large hands to boot.

    I guess what it all comes down to is the DS is so different that it’s going to take a little while to get used to playing. It’s definitely a step in the right direction. If any handheld ever had “potential” it’s the DS, without a doubt. What’s going to keep it alive will be the software and developers using the DS’ features to enhance the gaming experience rather than treat it as a gimmick.

    I plan to buy Feel The Magic and Asphalt: Urban GT later this week.
     
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    I just thought I would let everyone know who haven't noticed it yet but the DS comes with 2 stylus. There is one wrapped up in the bundle and there is one that is stuck in the back of the DS right next to where the wrist strap is supposed to be attached. Hope this helps anyone who lost the first stylus or want to be able to keep the stylus with the DS all the time.

    Brion
     
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    Yeah - I'm keeping my 2nd stylus in the carboard folder that the Metroid demo comes in. It fits perfectly next to the game card in the pocket.
     
  8. Rodrick

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    Just got in from Electronic Boutique. They said trade GBA sp and 5 games for a DS and $90 after taxes.

    I will wait alittle longer. But on Sunday, one day only Future shop had the system for $129. I should have picked one up then.

    Or overhearing some customers thinking Nintendo may bring out a better DS again like they did with Advance to SP.

    I doubt that very much. But who knows. We didn't really know about the SP. Maybe I'll wait.
     
  9. Ryan Wishton

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    Rodrick,

    They are probably wrong for the DS. They are probably thinking about the next Gameboy.

    The DS is not the successor to the Gameboy. The successor to the Gameboy/Gameboy Color/Gameboy Advance will be out in a couple years rumor has it.

    Makes sense if you follow the 5 year pattern as the GBA came out in 2001 I believe.

    P.S. I did get the system. I got it for the better pic and audio on Gameboy Advance games as well as the DS titles.

    I did get 2 titles. Mario 64 DS. I know I am in the minority, but I didnt enjoy Mario 64 when it first came out like I did those before it.

    This game has some nice additions (like playing as different characters, the graphics, and new rooms and levels), but I dont care for playing through this game again. I am looking forward to Mario's next 2D adventure (looks like a throw back to titles like Mario Bros, Mario 3, Mario World, etc.) much more.

    The controls are average at best for the game as well, though the thumb stylus helps, but it's not perfect.

    I also got Feel the Magic. IMO, this is the best launch title. The controls are fine and better than Mario 64. You have to use many of the features. The game is a lot like Warioware IMO. I hope this title doesnt get overshadowed as it is a very interesting, yet extremely strange title.

    The Porno like music in certain scenes is laughable, but what can you do? I did get asked what the hell I was doing?

    You have to do things such as blow into your system to sail a boat, enter numbers on a touch pad before people who jump out of a plane fall to their death, save drowning people before they are eaten by a giant ant, etc. Just seems like Warioware to me.

    The system has potential, but with a weak game launch (really most systems have weak game launches. Remember PS2?) we will have to wait and see what future titles offer.
     
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    Really? Dammit-I would have bought one at that price!
     
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    I think you mean $179CDN as that's what FS was selling it for in my area. Most CDN reatailers seem to be selling it for $199.
     
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    Yeah, futureshop had it for $179.99 not $129.99.
     
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    Yeah Future shop did have it for 179.00. One day only the opening day.

    This guy who I saw that owns one lied to me. Unless he knows of a Future shop employee who gets a 20%discount.

    I asked Tom, and Andrea 2 clerks at Metrotown. Now Vancouver Burnaby area are totally sold out of Nintendo DS's

    Future, A&B, Walmart, BestBuy, London Drugs, Electronic Boutique, Superstore, Zellers, Costco, Microplay, Toys R us and some Blockbuster Video stores, are all sold out.

    Only other way is after Xmas. Too bad you had to have bought it this week.
     
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    I picked one up at an EB on Tuesday...it was one of two remaining. So far I'm liking it. SM64 is pretty cool, though having beaten the original and obtained all 120 stars, it is a bit annoying now when I think I know what I'm supposed to do but am wrong. Actually, that's more a complaint about myself than with either the system or the game.

    As a piece of techno-nerdery, it definitely rocks...I start geeking out every time I pick it up to play. [​IMG]
     
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    Mario 64 is a time muncher. I have been playing the mini games mostly, but started to be a bit more agressive on the adventure mode last night. Started about 12am or so while lying in bed. Next thing I know its 330 am!!! Time just disappeared.

    And got the mario mini game with the bobomb sorting, that is so fun, but the stylus seems unresponsive when there are so many bobombs on the screen
     
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    Yeah, I managed to find the flyer that listed the $179 price-$129 was a little too good to be true.

    What I really want to know is how badly the screen scratches from the stylus/thumb pad. I know when I had a pocket PC that the screen got really badly scratched from just normal use-is it the same deal with the DS?
     
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    Picked up not one but two today from Toys R Us. Now we have three...one for me, one for my wife and one for my son. Multiplayer Mario, here we come!
    And yes, I'm aware its a little overkill.
     
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    How does this player compare to Playstation 2 ?
     
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    I'm seriously considering picking one up. We'll see how the funds look next week.
     
  20. Rodrick

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    Okay all right I picked one up today at Metrotown. Crowded shopping but got one at EB. I picked up all the game cassettes they had there too.

    I left then got home. Found out that I was getting one for Xmas, so back I went to return them all. But then again, what games am I getting?

    Great, then I can buy the PSP next year.
     

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