| Nintendo DS Lite |
Metallic Rose | DS Lite
Cobalt Black | DS Lite
Crimson Black |
The best-selling video game system in the
world has a new cool color scheme. Like a black T-shirt
with a splash of color, the new version - the
portable Nintendo DS Lite
Cobalt/Black grabs your
attention. It looks good whether it’s toted in your school
backpack, pulled from your purse or riding with you on a
family trip. Cobalt/Black marks the seventh color in the
Nintendo DS Lite palette. It joins Polar White, Coral Pink,
Onyx, Crimson/Black and the limited-edition Gold and
Metallic Rose. Now there’s a Nintendo DS color to complement
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Nintendo DS Lite
Cobalt / Black
"Nintendo DS Lite Gets a New Cobalt Blue Color and
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DS Lite adds a cool new color scheme and some subtle
+ Awesome cobalt-blue and black color scheme - looks almost
royal blue or purple!
+ Black base is a more grip-able matte finish that doesn't
smudge and holds well in your hand
+ Nice design - thin DS Lite form factor you know and love
+ Brighter screen with better contrast than previous
+ Less than two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and
20 percent lighter
+ Well placed microphone in the center of the unit
+ Well placed LED lights visible when the unit is open or
closed, indicating power on and low battery
+ Wi-fi connectivity allows for DS Download Play and Muli-card
+ Works with original DS games and GameBoy Advance games
+ Lower price point than competing portables like the PSP ($130
+ Great selection of low priced games to add to your
+ Great game selection for adults, particularly learning and
+ Multi-player wireless game play for games like MarioParty and
New Super Mario offers great fun!!
+ Convenient stylus storage slot on the right underside of the
+ Awesome battery life that only requires recharging after many
days of use!!!
+ Cool (though seldom used) novelty app called PictoChat for DS
to DS chatting
+ Availability of add-on programs for wireless web surfing and
+ Great accessories market, but beware low quality providers
such as Switch&Carry (BD&A)
- GameBoy Advance game slot leaves cartridges sticking out and
- Shiny cobalt top still attracts smudges - no biggie
- Reports of common issues with hinge cracking from regular
use; time will tell if it's been fixed
- Somewhat slow start-up with DS Download play
- Some cheapo accessories are Nintendo certified: AVOID
Switch&Carry (BD&A), stick with Pelican!!!!
- Limited built-in configuration settings (only military time
- Need to exit games to access key configuration settings like
- Colors produced in limited quantities and sell out too
Looks and Form Factor
I've owned several DS lites, including the Onyx Black model. I
chose the DS over the PSP for the games. PSP 2000 Console -
This is by far the best looking DS Lite!! The cobalt blue on
black color scheme shines a hue that's closer to royal blue or
deep purple! The top is still a shiny smudge magnet, but it
looks so cool anyway! Just wipe it down. :-)
The decision to make the base a matte black is both great for
looks and function. The unit is easier to hold, doesn't smudge
on the matte black part, and won't slip out of your hand as
much as previous models. This feature started in the new
BrainAge2 bundle with the red top. You can kind of see this
from the pictures but it's not really highlighted in the
descriptions. Considering this is the 1 biggest improvement,
that surprised me.
I've also heard that the hinge was improved for durability, but
I can't visually see a difference and I'm not going to
dismantle it to find out. :-) It's a common known problem that
hinge cracking has been the only common defect, so just handle
with care. I personally haven't had a single DS falter on me in
Other than that, same DS Lite form factor that you know and
love. The only real gripe is that every version of the DS Lite
is produced in very limited numbers and sells out in a few
months. So if you like a color, you have to act fast before
they disappear from retail!
Game Play and Functions
This handheld is very well designed for game play. The speakers
and microphone built in to the unit are more than adequate, and
you can attach peripherals or headphones to the included
Nintendo has done a great job of very targeted well designed
games. Kids games like MarioParty Mario Party DS and the
New Super Mario Brothers New Super Mario Bros. are fun and
engaging! Get a group of friends together and play each other
with only 1 game cartridge using DS Download play and versus
Similarly, plenty of games for adults including the cult
favorite BrainAge Brain Age, the new BrainAge 2 Brain Age 2:
More Training in Minutes a Day and my personal favorite
Big Brain AcademyBig Brain Academy!
Plus now language games like MyWordCoach My Word Coach
and MySpanishCoach My Spanish Coach offer more edutainment
options to a growing list of games!
Nintendo has decided that fun game play and great design is
more important than high-end graphics in a handheld, and I
think they're right!
The most notable DS Lite features are based on the Wireless
connectivity. Some add-on applications even allow you to
wirelessly surf the net. There are even apps that allow you to
do other stuff like play MP3s with it!
Many games offer multi-card play (each player needs a card) or
download play (1 card needed for 2-8 players) that both use the
The device has awesome battery life, and I've gone a week of
light use without having to recharge. The heavier the use, the
more you will need to charge it.
The configuration screen lets you set one of 4 brightness
modes, which will also allow you to make your charge last. Some
options aren't easily set . It seems to default to military
time. Also, you can't change your brightness while in a game.
Still those things are minor in context.
Your game scores and profiles are saved on memory stored on the
game cartridges. That means you don't have to worry about
transferring your info from one DS to the other. :-)
Hopefully the next version includes a faster wireless. Loading
those games just seems to take too long. Still, it works and
once again, this is a minor gripe.
Overall this device is an improvement. Nintendo's DS will
continue to attract fans. Just make more of them guys!!! These
colors sell out too fast!
You will want to buy a nice case and screen protectors to
protect your DS! Avoid all Switch and Carry accessories!
Here's some of the ones I like!
Nintendo DS Lite Invisi Shields
Nintendo DS Black Nerf Armor