Nintendo DS Guide
Nintendo looks to keep its hold on the handheld industry with their new dual-screen system, Nintendo DS. We take a close look here!
If any company has ever been known for trying to incorporate innovative technology into a gaming realm, clearly it would be Nintendo. For years, the company has been introducing all sorts of new hardware on the market, whether it would be the compact and accessible Game Boy Advance SP, the next-generation driving power of the Nintendo 64, or even something quirky like the 3-D image-generating Virtual Boy.
Now, their latest handheld device has come to market, and once again it leads the way in bringing new technology full tilt. It's the Nintendo DS, a dual-screen handheld system that makes use of a touch screen for an all-new feel of gaming.
Who is the Nintendo DS for?
The Nintendo DS is for the gamer who is looking to enjoy some of the best first-party content that's out there. We're talking everything from the latest Mario and Zelda titles to original content like Feel The Magic XY/XX. The innovative design and features like Wi-Fi and a built-in microphone will appeal to those looking for something different in their gaming. Very nice indeed!
Did You Know?
This isn't the first time that a portable game system utilized a touch screen. A failed handheld system called the Game.com was released several years ago by Tiger Electronics, and featured a touch screen. Granted, it wasn't as sophisticated as the one on the DS.
The touch screen adds a new level of play to the Nintendo DS, and is their latest step in trying something new to get gamers more involved. The Power Glove did the same thing for the NES way back in the late 80's, as gamers would put it on and try to incorporate some motions into the gameplay. It worked best as a novelty item, but flopped otherwise. Hmmm... maybe they should've featured it more in that Fred Savage movie The Wizard, you think?
Also worth noting is the U-Force, a device that let you do hand motions in a certain play area. It didn't do that well either...