Conclusion: A great set of screens that are much brighter and sharper than previous Nintendo handheld machines' screens. The touch screen is great and will lead to more innovative games, as might the integrated mic. Wireless communications mean that you can enjoy multiplayer games as well as chat via text and hand-drawn messages. Good battery life. Affordable price. Backward compatible with all GBA games.
Summary: Does Nintendo still know how to design and launch a great handheld system? Jonny takes the DS through its paces and helps you decide when, or if, you should buy one.
Pros: Built-in PictoChat software, Dual screens and touch input allow for new types of games, Powerful graphics and sound capabilities, Some GBA compatibility, Wireless multiplayer and single-card download play
Cons: 3D system, yet no analog joystick, Battery indicator light gives little notice before complete drainage, Button layout is a bit awkward, Not fully backwards-compatible