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Nintendo DSi or PSP

Posted by Fever Dogg, 23 October 2009 · 192 views

For awhile now I have been considering getting a PSP or DSi. I have played very little on both handhelds so I'm still on the fence. I like the fact that PSP now has the option for downloads (UMD isnt a deal breaker for me), but from what I have played on DS, it seems to have a wider library of genres. I guess they are two different experiences, but DS has the top notch Nintendo franchises (that seem to have reviewed well) made specifically for DS, and the PSP has a lot of ports from PSone and PS2. Anything I should know about either handheld? Flaws? Experiences? Lets me know.




For awhile now I have been considering getting a PSP or DSi. I have played very little on both handhelds so I'm still on the fence. I like the fact that PSP now has the option for downloads (UMD isnt a deal breaker for me), but from what I have played on DS, it seems to have a wider library of genres. I guess they are two different experiences, but DS has the top notch Nintendo franchises (that seem to have reviewed well) made specifically for DS, and the PSP has a lot of ports from PSone and PS2. Anything I should know about either handheld? Flaws? Experiences? Lets me know.
Well it depends on what you want here...

PSP Go:
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-Ps2 Graphics
-16GB Internal storage
-No discs/ cartridges are required
-Looks awesome


DSi:
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-More like a gameboy
-Stylus touch screen
-Camera / etc.

It depends on if you want a portable playstation... If you liked ps2 a lot, go with psp go. If you were a big gameboy person i would say go with the DSi. For me, im a graphics whore, but i own a DS Lite, and want a psp go.
I too am a graphics whore... except when it come to Nintendo (simple is almost better for them). Storage and graphics is a absolute plus, however I dont own a Wii so maybe the DSi would supplement my Nintendo void.
The DS has the larger library of games, especially if you get the regular DS with the Gameboy slot.
PSP is prettier.
You could have both a DS and a PSP 3000 for a little more than the Go.
Not a bad idea ummswimmin
I have both, but I had lost my PSP for a while, and didn't get a new one until recently. What I've noticed since I was reunited with the PSP is that there are more games that I like on the DS, but the few games that I play on the PSP, I enjoy much more than the ones I like on the DS. So for me, I am playing my PSP a lot more, because I like Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Phantasy Star Portable, even though my DS library is always going to be much larger.
I've had both and hands down the DS has many more enjoyable games. The PSP though has some great games as well, most PSP games feel like they're meant to be a console game. By that I mean they are much longer usually but at the same time they're trying to make them out to be more than they can really accomplish IMO. For example it seems like a lot of the ps3 games that get a PSP iteration just kinda fall flat in many senses. The lack of a second analog nub is pretty disappointing as well. A lot of games seem to have somewhat awkward controls without it.

I had both and when I had to sell one to get some much needed cash I didn't even think twice about it the PSP had to go. That's not to say I wasn't sad to see it go but it's something I can live without for now...perhaps the PSP2 will fix a lot of my issues with the psp.
As someone who owns both a DS and a PSP, I would say there are more "fun" games on the DS, but there are better "experiences" on PSP. If you are into quirky games that you play for a couple hours then move on, the DS is your go to. If you want to be wowed by some engrossing console like experiences then get a PSP.
*just my opinion
I think I agree liberaltugboat. I get the "experience" you refer to at home, so "fun" on the road might be where its at.Thanks guys.
Fever, to add to what liberaltugboat said, as an owner of the DS, PSP, PS3, and Wii, it's the same thing as the Wii/HD consoles. The HD consoles focus on single player "epic" type experiences. The Wii focuses on quick fun multiplayer affairs. Obviously the Wii has some great "epic" type experiences and the HD consoles have some quick fun games, but that's not the norms. Me personally, I enjoy the same experience at home as on the road. The only reason I game on the road is if I can't game at home anyway it's not me looking for a different way to game. The best way for you to make a decision is to look at the games available for both systems. If you are a multi console gamer you already have great comparisons for the games on the road. I.E. Brain Age, Big Brain Academy for DS ~ Big Brain Academy Wii or Gran Turismo PSP ~ Gran Turismo 4 PS2.

There are alot of the same types of games available for consoles as portables for both systems. And usually if one is a hit, they'll find a way to bring it to the console arena if it didn't come from there in the first place.
The DSi is okay but my nephew likes it more because he does not mind making an idiot out of himself. I got a Wario game for the DSi that you star in and after you win it plays back a video of you looking stupid. and it is bs that you can't use mp3s. Camera is as good as camera phone, if you do take a picture of people they have to remain still for a second after you take picture. But DS lite you get all the DS games and GBA games