I bought a Nintendo DS a few months ago specifically so that I could play the New Super Mario Bros. game. I was sure that I’d find other uses for the DS, so I wasn’t worried about wasting my money for a single game. Here’s what I think of the DS thus far.
I want to say that I also have a PSP, so comparisons with that system are inevitable. At first, it took me a little while to get used to the dual screen on the DS. I couldn’t figure out why it was necessary to have two screens like that, and I’ll admit that it bothered me. But once I got used to it, I actually started to like the layout.
The DS screen seems a lot smaller than the PSP screen. I don’t have actual measurements in front of me, so I can’t give you numbers, but the difference is noticeable, especially after playing exclusively on the PSP for so long. This is a negative, as far as I’m concerned because I like nice, big screens.
The graphics on the DS aren’t nearly as sharp as they are on the PSP (judging from the Mario Bros. game), so this is another area where the PSP has an edge.
Despite these shortcomings, I really like the DS because of the Mario Bros. game. It’s just so much fun to play! Plus, I like the fact that I can buy software other than games for the DS (cookbooks, dictionaries, etc.).
Overall, I’m very satisfied with my purchase. The Nintendo DS may not look as sleek and cool as the PlayStation Portable, but it’s still a fun little system!