December 2 2019 marks the fifteenth anniversary since the Nintendo DS was launched in Japan. On March 11 2005, the UK would be introduced to Nintendo’s latest console. As the perfect successor for the equally fantastic Game Boy, it was the ultimate upgrade in regards of practicality, portability in design and technology.
What follows is my argument for the Nintendo DS, a love letter to the discontinued handheld. The seventh generation console that for every nostalgic memory and endless years of happiness it provided, deserves so much praise.
On a side note, I also own the DS Lite, released in March 2006. Sleeker and smaller in design, it retained everything that made its predecessor so great. However, being truthful, the Lite just looks far better than the original. This is the only bad point I can make about the first DS, and now I’ll move on.
Firstly, let’s look at the DS as a piece of hardware. It’s genius was unlike anything else. The systems compatibility with both DS and Game Boy Advance titles made it highly practical. You could switch effortlessly between the titles of the two consoles with ease.
The touch screen technology complimented games such as Pokemon, Nintendogs, and my particular favourite Disney Pixar’s Cars. I’m only naming a handful of my own games, but in truth, there are countless more.
The DS also gave the world Pictochat, a feature I’d almost forgotten about. It enabled you to connect and communicate through the application with up to sixteen friends in a chat room at any time, in a time that came before the thriving age of social media.
In a review by techradar for the Nintendo DS, they said, “Despite the oddball interface, the Nintendo DS (2004) is simply enormous fun, filled with genuine possibility, and thus is far more the thinking gamer’s handheld than the multi-talented high-brow PSP can ever hope to be.”
I could not have said it better myself. To conclude, the DS is an intelligent, portable and practical pocket friendly console that has aged incredibly well.
It’s simply brilliant. It’ll always be in my heart the best console Nintendo ever made.
I’ll never part with mine, that’s the impact it has had on my life. Further still, I still play games, (Game Boy and Nintendo DS titles alike), even now, over a decade on, and it’s unlikely that I’ll ever give it up. I hope this is a statement gamers around the world can agree on.