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#1 CheapyD

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 07:51 AM

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I only got to try out the English Training game, but that was good enough to sample the new super bright screen. The difference between the screens on the standard DS and the Lite is readily apparent. The new svelt design is quite teh sexy as well. I'll definitely be picking up one next month and "donating" my current Graphite DS (along with a gift of English Training software) to CheapyMom-In-Law.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 07:54 AM

Cool, cool. Did that particular game have much scrolling at all to see if the refresh rate is any better than the SP2?

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 08:08 AM

how the hell did you take that picture? with your mouth? :rofl:
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 08:12 AM

how the hell did you take that picture? with your mouth? :rofl:


Ask Mrs. Cheapy about that one.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 08:12 AM

how do you like the feel compared to the old one. thats my biggest concern. i figure you have bigger hands than me, so does it feel nice, fit well? hows the new stylus?

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 08:22 AM

how the hell did you take that picture? with your mouth?

I made a friend! I recuited her from my Japanese Language class. She is Canadian and likes video games. I gave her a little tour (which I inhereited from CAG thakingrocka) of Akihabara today.

how do you like the feel compared to the old one. thats my biggest concern. i figure you have bigger hands than me, so does it feel nice, fit well? hows the new stylus?

Ya know, I didn't really get such a great playtest, but since the size change is not nearly as dramatic as the change from the GBA to SP, I think it will be just fine. The biggest change seems to be the thickness which shouldn't affect your hand position at all. Stylus seemed good!

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 12:14 PM

Those screens look great. O__O

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 01:00 PM

Looks great! I'm mainly getting the Lite for the screen improvement, but I'm also really happy that it's so much thinner. I don't think they could get it much smaller now and still have it be playable unless they shrunk the screen down like the Micro.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 01:14 PM

Did you see the other 2 colors? If so, how did they look in person?
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 01:28 PM

Great pics, Cheapy. It looks like quite a few people may be switching to the Lite.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 01:46 PM

Did you see the other 2 colors? If so, how did they look in person?

Negative, only white was "in the house", so to speak.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:05 PM

so does nintendo purposely make screens less bright originally on their first system releases just so they can make profit off of making it brighter in the future? i haven't bought a ds yet, but i plan to buy a lite (i guess) depending on the prices (have they been announced yet?)
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:33 PM

How did the ABXY buttons feel compared to the original DS. What about the Dpad?

Did you notice if there would be any concern of your hand accidentally sliding the power-switch while playing?
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:38 PM

so does nintendo purposely make screens less bright originally on their first system releases just so they can make profit off of making it brighter in the future? i haven't bought a ds yet, but i plan to buy a lite (i guess) depending on the prices (have they been announced yet?)


Not true... the SP came out way after the GBA.

The Micro came out after the DS and way after the SP. And the DS Lite capitalizes on the Micro's screen tech. Same way with the brighter SP. It's in Nintendo's favor to phase out the old versions and update everything else to streamline manufacturing I guess.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:55 PM

Oh so schmexxxxy.

I will seriously have to consider supporting the DS now -- I'm curious as to how noticeable the stickout of a gba cart is on the new model, but I'm sure there's no way cheapyd got a chance to scope that out based on his previous comments...

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 03:26 PM

Thanks for the pics. I had no idea you had a DS Cheapy.. I remember you vowing ot not get one.

I am sure the Lite will be a hit. Did you preorder?
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 03:31 PM

how much is it in american dollars?

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 03:49 PM

Has this thing even been announced for the US yet? I can't wait to finally buy a DS...

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 04:49 PM

How did the ABXY buttons feel compared to the original DS. What about the Dpad?

Did you notice if there would be any concern of your hand accidentally sliding the power-switch while playing?

Unfortuantely, I didn't really get to give the d-pad or buttons a proper workout (as the game in the system was English Training), but it seems they are softer to the touch.

I don't think turning off the system accidently will be a problem. You will have to hold the sliding power switch for a few seconds (like the PSP) to turn it off.

Thanks for the pics. I had no idea you had a DS Cheapy.. I remember you vowing ot not get one.

I am sure the Lite will be a hit. Did you preorder?

Yeah, I gave in when I got to Japan.
As far as I can tell, the Japanese market does not do the pre-order thing.

how much is it in american dollars?

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 04:56 PM

It looks like with the smaller size of the unit itself and the screen being closer to the edges that it will be easier to use the stylus and still support the unit with your pinky finger on your right hand. That was my biggest complaint with the old model is that it felt too awkward to put your pinky underneath the unit while using the stylus.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:33 PM

How are the top edges edges on bottom half? From the pics I've seen, they look like 90-degree angles (to form a sheer surface on the sides when closed) instead of a gentle curve, and I fear that it may "cut" into your hand as you hold it for long periods.
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 07:06 PM

Yeah, I gave in when I got to Japan.
As far as I can tell, the Japanese market does not do the pre-order thing.


They do pre-orders. I'm always reading about pre-order goodies you get in Tips & Tricks' "Japan Report." Maybe it depends on what it is. Also could you elaborate on Cheapy Mom-in-law wanting a DS? Is she a gamer or one of the new gamers the DS has been snagging. Also did you tell her you played it while in the can.:D

Oh and here is a link to more Lite pics addressing some of your questions like how the GBA cart looks inserted.
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 07:21 PM

Also could you elaborate on Cheapy Mom-in-law wanting a DS? Is she a gamer or one of the new gamers the DS has been snagging.


I just think cheapy doesn't want to learn Japanese.

The lite looks good. I have my red ds I think I will pass.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 09:05 PM

Cool pics but meh... I still prefer my PSP. (Currently developing caluses from playing SFA3 Max) :D



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Posted 17 February 2006 - 09:19 PM

Cool pics but meh... I still prefer my PSP. (Currently developing caluses from playing SFA3 Max) :D


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Posted 18 February 2006 - 06:17 AM

so does nintendo purposely make screens less bright originally on their first system releases just so they can make profit off of making it brighter in the future? i haven't bought a ds yet, but i plan to buy a lite (i guess) depending on the prices (have they been announced yet?)


Well, why not just make computer 9.6 GHZ with 8 Gigs of ram? The cost/technology is not there. IF they had the screens a year and a half ago, and they would be cost effective (since the DS sold for $150), we would have gotten it. Why did it take so long for the Xbox 360 to come out? Why not skip it and do the Xbox 720?

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 11:40 PM

Well, why not just make computer 9.6 GHZ with 8 Gigs of ram? The cost/technology is not there. IF they had the screens a year and a half ago, and they would be cost effective (since the DS sold for $150), we would have gotten it. Why did it take so long for the Xbox 360 to come out? Why not skip it and do the Xbox 720?

Thank you. Just because Nintendo improves things doesn't mean they do it on purpose. Why did Sony release the Slimline PS2 right away? It's not like changing system design is unprecedented, the Lite is just a smidge faster than Sony, Nintendo, or Sega released their revamped systems.

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 11:53 PM

Im still pissed the original Gameboy was black and white. It should have been in 16x9 Widescreen and have the touchscreen ability. So NOT fair Nintendo!

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 12:16 AM

Thank you. Just because Nintendo improves things doesn't mean they do it on purpose. Why did Sony release the Slimline PS2 right away? It's not like changing system design is unprecedented, the Lite is just a smidge faster than Sony, Nintendo, or Sega released their revamped systems.

The slim PS2 came out 4 years after the original, the DS redesign will be out no later than 1.5 years after the original. That's not a smidge.

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 02:13 AM

gizmogc did you get my PM from another thread, about phoenix wright? Just checking in case your box is full...