Excerpt: There are quite a few peripherals for our favorite video game systems. Family Friendly Gaming is going to cover some in a way to assist you in which ones are smart buys, and which ones to stay away from. The first piece of hardware we are reviewing is the Nintendo Wii Charge Station from Nyko. This little machine is just what the doctor ordered for those of us who are going through batteries like they are water.
Excerpt: Titles such as Animal Crossing, Yoshi's Touch and Go, and Mario Kart will be released in January 2005. The Nintendo DS is a new portable gaming system that is the latest model in the GameBoy line—but it's really a step beyond GameBoy. This exciting new unit is loaded with features, including dual screens. The DS is, happily, backward-compatible with GameBoy Advance games.
Conclusion: The Nintendo DS is an excellent portable gaming platform. The clamshell design protects the two high-quality displays and the unit itself is well constructed. Backward compatibility with GBA cartridges is a plus.
Pros: Two beautiful screens (the bottom one is touch-sensitive) and stereo simulated surround sound give the Nintendo DS the most immersive portable gaming experience around. Built-in wireless connectivity so you can play against or communicate with friends.
Cons: Larger and heavier than the GBA SP. Battery life could be longer, as it may not last an entire school day.
Excerpt: Mario Kart DS is a very well-produced title, as is expected from first-party titles from Nintendo. Mario Kart DS , the 5th installment in this 10-year-old series, is probably the best of them all. Incredibly tight controls, amazing 3D engine, and wireless multiplayer add up to create an unforgettable Mario Kart experience. As in every first party Nintendo game, the production values are very high.