It's been 10 years since the Nintendo DS was first released in North America on November 21st 2004, than December 2nd for Japan and of course March 11th 2005 for UK/Europe. But what made the Nintendo DS so special in the first place over the past decade you may ask? From 2004 up to 2013 during the 7th Generation of gaming has had a great line up on games and systems all within that period; there have been some memorable moments in gaming and some good games that have won multiple awards and memorable soundtracks.
Both handhelds the Nintendo DS and the PSP which were both released within that year, the Nintendo DS was a duel-screen handheld console where you've now got two screens in front of you instead of one screen, the bottom screen was the touch screen which you can use a stylist pen or your fingers to touch the screen or tapping the screen during gameplay and the top screen was mainly the main screen for gaming. The Nintendo DS was also compatible with Gameboy Advance games, the console might have been a little chunky but later on after 2006 Nintendo released multiple versions of the DS which were lighter to carry around and longer battery but some changes taken in and out of the DS console.
The Nintendo DSi was released in 2009 reviews on the handheld decried the console's lack of exclusive software and removal of the GBA cartridge slot, its added functionality caused many journalists to recommend it to those who had not purchased a previous DS model. Numerous critics were disappointed with the limited resolution of DSi's cameras and the DSi Shop to be the most important buying incentive for current DS owners. But the idea of it supporting internal and external content storage was a good idea but as I've already mention the DSi wasn't for everyone when it comes to handhelds most people were still happy or wanting to get their hands on a DS Lite which had a brighter screen to play games and 5-8 hours on the brightest settings or 15-19 hours if you have it on lowest brightness setting. The DS Lite had featured an increased screen size of 3.8 inches (9.7 cm) comparing it to the original DS and a little smaller than the DSi XL.
Another feature that people liked about the Nintendo DS was PictoChat which allowed users to communicate with other Nintendo DS users within local wireless range. Users can enter text on screen keyboard on the bottom screen, handwrite messages or draw pictures with the stylus and touchscreen. There are four chatrooms A, B, C, D in which people can go in and chat. Up to sixteen people can connect in any one room but this was only used if people were in the same area or place like in a large meeting, College or University or even at conventions you could write and text messages to send to people who were on it. On Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite systems users can only write messages in black, however, the DSi and DSi XL includes a new function, letting users write in either black or rainbow coloured pen. When everyone complained about the 3DS not being Region-Free on games during the launch of the 3DS, the Nintendo DS was Region-Free on both DS and GBA games meaning that you could import games from other countries from places the US or Japan or even European countries you had no problem and certain stores even sold games in stores that were imported in other countries plus depend on where you went on holiday or a trip somewhere you could easily bought a game that was just released in the US but certain countries like UK/Europe had to wait 3-6 months later just for this game to be released.
Certain games for the DS had online support meaning that you could play certain games online with other players around the world if you had a good online Wi-Fi connection in your area or know a few people that had a certain game on them you could play up to 2-4 players with games like Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Pokémon and Dragon Quest IX. Download Play was possible for users to play multilayer games with other Nintendo DS systems using only one game card. Players must have their systems within wireless range up to approximately 65 feet of each other for the guest system to download the necessary data from the host system this was used for the likes of Mario Kart and Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
I'm pretty sure that for those who still own a Nintendo DS guessing everyone had different tastes and their favourite games for the system. Here are my top three favourite DS games for the Nintendo DS-
Yet another that great concept of art in gaming was The World Ends With You which was released on the Nintendo DS, this really made great use of using both the top screen and bottom screen during gameplay using pins as skills for both Attack and Magic for the bottom screen and the top screen was more of using the directional pad to perform move attacks. Nomura did create the Kingdom Hearts series and most of the characters in the Final Fantasy series, he created a bunch of characters in The World Ends With You where players had to defeat certain noises and enemies in order to move forward and not getting erased within 7 Days think of Battle Royale but set in the modern day world in Japan. Another why this game was that good was the stunning Manga/Anime visuals and of the Soundtrack yet alone is worth the purchase on its own.
Ghost Trick was released around the start of 2011 alongside Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded during the month of January, however the reviews for Ghost Trick got ratings of a 9/10 or even higher praising it for its clever gameplay and fantastic visuals. Story centers on the around Sissel, and his ghost's struggle to discover who he was when he was alive and who killed him. You assume the role of this ghost, who has the ability to perform various Ghost Tricks to solve puzzles and navigate the world around him, it is a shame that not many people have heard about this game after it was released but Capcom have released this on iPhone back in 2012, if you haven't heard of this game just now highly recommend you checking this game out.
If I had to pick one Professor Layton game in the series it would have to be Lost Future, this was the third Professor Layton game to be released and also the final chapter in the series before Level 5 released three more Layton games all in the past before The Curious Village including a movie as well. Throughout the main story half of your adventure exploring the city of London in the future and in the present-day world of London; its environments make another good impression for setting London in the modern-present day world and 10 years in the Future both have great settings and city environments. Most fans would say that series reminds them of an old cartoon back in the 60's and 70's but its animation makes a great impression for the game. I actually found Lost Future highly addictive and didn't want to put the game down at all even when it came to watching stuff from E3 2012 I ended up solving more puzzles to pass the time while waiting for the next Press Conference to come up live from E3. Its story and puzzles made me come back for more and more, it's not often we get really good DS games as good as this one when it comes to puzzles.
Do you still own a Nintendo DS or did you traded in for a 3DS?
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