Nintendo DS System (Gamestop Refurbished)
What more do you need?
This is the original DS. I've had it ever since it first came out. and I have yet to find a reason to upgrade to a newer DS. Let's see: the DS lite, basically the same except more compact and with a brighter screen. No need to upgrade. The DSi: again the same but has a camera and a new interface, and no Gameboy slot, Disappointing. The DSi XL, It's EXACTLY the same as the DSi, but bigger. Again I have yet to find a reason to upgrade. This is cheep and can still play all DS games just like the new ones. If you need a cheep DS for yourself or for a family member this is all you are going to need. When th 3DS comes out, that's probably when I'll upgrade. I have had this thing for years and it has never let me down. (I actually kind of prefer the original over the newer ones for a couple of reasons.) Sure a newer one would be nice but if you need one cheep, look no further.
the smarter way to go
if you are looking for a good system that won't have any issues than take my advice and get the orginal ds. i had a ds lite for quite some time and it broke out of nowhere. just like that. so when i found out that gamestop sells the original ds, i had to have it. i cannot tell you how many times i have dropped it and yet it still works. you cannot go wrong with this ds. it will last forever and will most likely never break. the only gripe is the fact that it's a bit bulky to put in your pocket at times but it is well worth it because once you buy the original, you are set for life. it's the smarter way to go when you are decideing which ds is better. another thing, alongside lasting forever, it can do all the other things the ds lite can do anyway. so in my mind it's a better option.
The Original DS is a Classic
The original DS is known as the DS Phat to some. Many people complain about it because of its big bulky design. To be honest, I actually like its big bulky design. When I hold my DS Lite or 3DS, I sometimes feel my hands cramp because they are small and hard to grip comfortably. With this DS, I can play without my hands cramping. Also, the buttons are well placed, and make some games easier to play. I also like the material it is made out of. It does not show fingerprints, and always shows that nice silver color (unless you can hunt down an original red or blue DS; I uses to have a Red DS Original... at least until that was stolen in a car robbery). The battery life is pretty long, and the screen lights up very bright even though it is not as bright as the DS Lite. Plus, it plays GBA games as well, and unlike the DS Lite, the GBA games do not stick out of the system; they stay inside so they do not hit your hands during gameplay (when I would play GBA games on the DS Lite, I would sometimes hit the GBA cartridge and cause the game to freeze. It rarely happened, but it was annoying when it did; this DS Original does not have that problem). Overall, the original DS may be the way to go. It has a big bulky grip, nice button layout, play GBA games great, and at $70, you annot complain. If you have or are getting the 3DS, you may not need this. But this Original DS is a great system. HERE ARE SOME RECOMENDED GAMES FOR THE DS: Pokemon Pearl, Diamand, Platinum, Black, White; Mario 64 DS, Mario Kart DS, Mario Party DS, Mario VS. Donkey Kong, Mario and Luigi games, Zelda games, the list of games goes on and on. So pick up a DS fools!!!
Best handheld system EVER!!
Yes, I am a true original DS owner, and I'm proud of it. Since 2005 I've played mine relentlessly from then till now, and I've gotta say it is the system you won't regret to buy besides the Wii. The ORIGINAL style DS (remember, it's the bigger version) comes fully equipped with a touch screen with stylus, dual screens, the best game names of Nintendo, and online Nintendo Wi-Fi gameplay wherever you can find it, the DS is for travellers as well as just gamers. In my opinion, the problems many have with the Original style is that the stylus is too small--I disagree. I have longer fingers myself, and I have no troubles whatsoever with my stylus. I have 18 games now for my system, and I've gotta say, this is just one of the greatest handhelds you will find. It's suited for travel, it's very customizible, and functionable. The Wi-Fi online connection just makes the experience twice as great.
This system works better than my DS, when my DS lite broke i got the original, and I like it a TON better, the only downside is the stylus, it is placed in the back, and hard to reach, it also has a different stylus, its thinner, and less "long" otherwise this system in AMAZING. I personally prefer this DS over any of the others, because the DSI just has a camera, and i dont really care for 3D (personally i just like originals, and 3D ruins games, its also overpriced).
ds better made
I bought this for my 8 year old son and he loves it. has had no problems with this device and face it, boys are rough. We are getting him more games for christmas he'll play on it and hes now 10. his sister we got the dslite and it has already broken on the hinge, glad i opted for the original for him.
This is worth every penny!
The reason it's a must buy is that it can play gameboy games, weighs about 260 grams and performs like a next gen hanheld, what a must buy.
Better than the DS LITE!!!
I have had this system (in blue) for about 2 years now and it works great! The first day I got it I was so happy. Me and my other 2 brothers played nonstop for hours without caring about our other presents (it was Christmas). My brothers got a DS too, one silver and one red! I'd have to say that the DS is much better than the DS LITE! Why? Because well: 1. You can turn the light off and on (even though the light is better for the DS LITE you cant turn the light off for the DS LITE, which sux)! 2. It has 3 different cool colors: blue,silver, & red (though the DS LITE now has black,white,pink,red, & blue). 3. The DS is thicker and easier to hang onto so you dont drop it (like I dropped my DS LITE) & has thin stylus. 4. Its practically indestuctable so dont have to worry so much about dropping it (but you should still be careful). 5. Im pretty sure it has a much bigger better battery pack that holds much more power! 6. The controls are much easier for this system, and the power button is better to use because if you dont mean to click power-off it will still stay on since you have to hold it for a couple of seconds. 7. The sound comes out much better and louder than the DS LITE! And thats about it! Hey Im not saying that the DS LITE is bad, Im just saying that this one is better! Hope this helped!
The Two Reasons Not to Upgrade
This is an excellent system. There are several top notch games out there for the DS. If you're in the market for one, you've probably noticed there are 4 different versions and may be asking, "Which version is for me?" I'm about to give two reasons why the original is the system for me. First, of course, is the price, even though I think it's a little high for the oldest version. This version has actually already been discontinued by Nintendo, so the only available version is 'used.' However, it is still the cheapest of the 4. Second, and most important in my mind, is backward compatibility. Only the first two versions (The DS and the DS Lite) include a GameBoy Advance slot. Even if you still have one of many versions of the Advance (I still have my Advance SP), you still may want this DS over newer versions. If you are an avid Pokemon player and want to trade your Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Colosseum, or XD: Gale of Darkness Pokemon to a newer DS Title, you'll need the Advance slot. This is the only way to trade between these games! There is no other way! There are probably other games that utilize this single system connectivity, I'm am just unaware of them. I will conclude in saying that if these features are unimportant to you, I would suggest either getting the DSi system for the DSiWare games, or better yet, wait until March and buy the new 3DS which includes not only a new line of games unplayable on any current version of the DS and amazing 3D graphics, but is also backward compatible with all DS and DSiWare titles.
Older is Better
I would recommend the Nintendo DS original to anyone and everyone that asked me for an opinion, and probably the people who didn't as well. There's a really good reason why: It's not only the best line up of handheld games (with the exception of the gameboy games, which tie up because the pokemon games started there, of course) but also, in my opinion, the best game system(s) ever made. The DS original has bonuses over the other game systems on the market, of course, in several ways. It beats out the major consoles because of portability, even though the Xbox360 does have better 3d graphics by far. Also, other handhelds can't match up to the sleek, fold-shut form that protects the screen, high resolution (in comparison to most) and the biggest draw, two screens, including the very functional, very fun touch screen. And then, there's the other DS incarnations. The DS lite is nice, but the only real improvement against the original is the thinner design and brighter screen, and placement of several buttons. From my experience the battery life is iffy on the lite and having more options for the lighting of the screen just made me more likely to use too much battery power on the highest setting. Now, with the DSi, it's a slightly different story. Don't get me wrong, I love the DSi. I bought one with my own cash and I love the cameras, improved microphone, and application option. The extra memory in the SD card option, and the faster speed, is nice too. However, the internet option was moot for me, considering the small screen size offered, and the fact I already have a great computer available to me 24/7. That doesn't mean I would've replaced it if it hadn't come up, but as my DSi was stolen (or possibly just lost forever to my house) I now have three options; buy a new DS, a DS lite, or a DSi. Immediately I thought of getting a new DSi, but then I remembered one thing - the invurnurability of the DS!!! With my DSi, games had a tendency to pop out of the socket, or the system turn off, at even a medium jostle. And of course, I couldn't play any gameboy games. With my old DS, well, it survived getting chewed on by a dog, being dropped down a flight of stairs, and many dunks in cereal bowls, and the only damage was a scratch across the top. The only reason I got a DS lite, was the battery had died and nintendo wouldn't send us a new one... mostly my fault, really. Would I get a brand new DSi if I had the money? Yeah, probably, but as I don't, and I really think it's a tie between DS and DSi, guess what I'm going for? But! I digress from the original topic! Maybe I'm biased - it was my first game stystem I became addicted to 100%, and I've always been a sucker for the older versions of game systems, but in the end, I give a Gamestop used NDS a four out of five stars, because they refurbish it nicely, it's inexpensive, nearly as good as brand new, and it has all the indistructable qualities of the original. If only it came with all the accessories - even the manuals I would've lost. :)