Nintendo DS Lite First Look

Thanks to the incredibly awesome awesome-ness of Noby, friend/Panic's man in Japan, today I was extremely lucky to receive in the mail a brand new Nintendo DS Lite, fresh from Japan. Wow. (Thanks, Noby. Thoby.)

Released on March 2nd in Japan to surprising 'round-the-block lines, the Nintendo DS Lite is Nintendo's fresh revision of its quirky but extremely loveable little-handheld-that-couldn't-but-somehow-did — the touch-screen "third pillar" of innovation that's really quickly becoming more of a foundation than a support for Nintendo.

I'll quit with the words. Here are some first look technoporn/macrotastic pictures of this new system:

Also, as a bit of a test, here's a special Quicktime video first-look at the system! It mostly features my hands, and me trying to sound professional while going on about "clean lines", but it's at least a good comparison of the current Nintendo DS to the new system. Wait until you see this screen!

If you have any questions about the new system, have any feedback about this video review idea, or if you'd like to see any additional videos or photos showing whatever else, drop your thoughts in the comments! Your wish is my command!

And enjoy!

[New here? Don't miss part two and part three!]


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Wow. I'm totally gonna dig this.
Blogger Tim 3/06/2006 8:34 PM  
Impressive difference!

I think this is one of the only upgrades to one of Nintendo's products that I'm actually going to want to buy.
Anonymous Ricky Romero 3/06/2006 8:57 PM  
Love the shiny-ness.. Much like Apple!
Anonymous Zack 3/06/2006 9:07 PM  
How can we ignore the cat sticker? The question is, why isn't the sticker facing the other direction, like the Apple logo on the pro? When you are playing a game, you have an upside-down kitty. Kitty don't like that.

Man, does that DS Lite look smooth. I can't believe the brightness! I better get down to babbages and reserve one.

Oh yeah, great video. Let's see some more!
Anonymous Brian M 3/06/2006 9:29 PM  
Nice video. Looks great! Can't wait to get one, even though I already have a DS. It is just too sexy to pass up.
Blogger Derek 3/06/2006 9:39 PM  
Oh Emm Gee.
Blogger Alex 3/06/2006 10:08 PM  
Your video review is awesome. I wasn' sure how bright the screen would be, but you covered that topic with aplomb. Thanks!
Anonymous Chris Glass 3/06/2006 10:18 PM  
Holy Awesome, Batman!
Blogger Dustin MacDonald 3/06/2006 10:24 PM  
OMG dude, sooo not cool! Hahaha niiice. Want to trade this for my nano? ;) ;)
Blogger Drew Hamlin 3/06/2006 11:03 PM  
Great video review. Your lighting was great, your background was great. What kind of camera were you using to shoot the review?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/06/2006 11:33 PM  
somebody dugg it:
Blogger Peter Hosey 3/06/2006 11:36 PM  
Hi, nice to meet you.

Very nice movie!! I can not get the Nitendo DS Lite in Japan now. Because, it is sold-out >_<

Congratulations from Japan :-D.
Blogger Kenichi Yoshida 3/06/2006 11:44 PM  
great mini review.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 12:10 AM  
funny stuff.
but what impressed most: your cheesy image display effect.
respect [tm].
Anonymous [tm] 3/07/2006 1:17 AM  
Thanks for this great hands-on review.

You're very lucky to have one of these so don't forget it!
Anonymous Matt Sephton 3/07/2006 2:32 AM  
Rockin'. I am so hoping Nintendo will be the Apple of the gaming world. Cool, sleek, sexy and way overpriced! Oh no, wait! Nintendo is actually cheaper than the competion. ZOMG!1 I <3 Big N.
Anonymous Arthur L. 3/07/2006 2:48 AM  
wow, that screen is amazing. Cool review Cabel, cheers.
Anonymous Stuart 3/07/2006 3:21 AM  
Will the cat sticker be migrating?
Anonymous computerdude33 3/07/2006 4:57 AM  
Here's a question. With the new brightness 'feature' (upgrade...?), what's the battery life like?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 6:30 AM  
How easy is it to pause Mario Kart DS in the middle of a race on the Lite?
Blogger Jeff Liu 3/07/2006 7:10 AM  
Have you played Mario Kart on it for more than 15 minutes? I'm wondering about fatigue which i attribute to the already thin profile of the current ds system. As beautiful and even thinner the lite is i'm not sure they considered the user in those regards during the redesign. Or perhaps i just have large hands.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 7:47 AM  
Hi Cabel. Nice job on the review. Very helpful and well done. The DS Lite looks pretty cool. Might have to get one now. Thanks.
Anonymous Don W 3/07/2006 9:29 AM  
You have nice arms. Can I bite them?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 9:47 AM  
Surprisingly great video review type thing!
Blogger Joe 3/07/2006 10:08 AM  
Nice (funny!) video review. I'm a bit concerned by the shape... might be like holding those very square Nintendo 8-bit controllers all over again, but otherwise agree with your review, nice system.
Anonymous Lauri K 3/07/2006 10:24 AM  
You should talk about the buttons and the Dpad and the feeling when using it in your review. Balance, shoulder button usage, etc!!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 10:33 AM  
wow, ds is very useful, specialy for travel
Anonymous 3/07/2006 12:22 PM  
I would like to ask some questions.
Does it scratched very easily?
How are the speakers compared to the old ds? No difference? They look smaller...

Anyway the greatest ds lite video (and pictures) yet. Outstanding comparison and shows the lite from all angles. Thanks a bundle!

The part I liked the most was when you think "Those screens are so bright and wonderful" and it turns out there are two more brightness steps...
Anonymous Se[BBB]e 3/07/2006 12:27 PM  
Does a GBA Cart stick out of bottom when inserted?
Anonymous robbieh 3/07/2006 12:29 PM  
What a beautiful review!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 1:17 PM  
Looks nice. Do we already have battery life specs? Poor batteries life is the only thing I didn't like in the previous version.

Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 1:22 PM  
Looks nicer than the first gen, but still not as beautiful as a PSP.
Blogger Brian 3/07/2006 1:34 PM  
So this is one of the revolutionary handhelds that is gonna rule the world of handheld gaming. PERIOD
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 1:34 PM  
Why am I here? Because you managed to get a proper DS review out before.. well before everyone else.

Typically I would be somewhere else.. don't take it as offense, but I just generally expect sources like forums to come up with the goods.

'Kay the review was great.. even funny dare I say.
You did as good of a job as anyone else and I thank you, It would be nice to check the battery specs at some point.. Enjoy your DS lite dude, looks real nice.

Good choice for going for QuickTime over WMV/real, you sure this isn't your other job or something..
Anonymous Spence 3/07/2006 1:38 PM  
Hey guys, I am not the guy who made the video but I can answer some of your questions!

1)Battery Life: with max brightness setting you are looking at about 7 hours gametime max. On the minimum brightness setting (which is the same as the regular DS) it can be max 15+ hours! This is because the upgraded the battery. So already at minimum it can last much longer then the regular DS.

2) From what I can tell from someone who took apart the DS Lite, the speakers are the same.

3) IGN said that the outter coating is much stronger then the GBA or DS paintjob. They just said you can see thumbprints sometimes, but thats not as big a problem as with the PSP, because the inside of the DS is a matte finish, and the DS is clamshell design.

4) The GBA cart DOES stick out the bottom of the machine a little. Not a huge ordeal, but not completely convenient. They make up for it a bit by providing that plug that streamlines the DS like in the video eh.

5) IGN and a few others have said it has much better weight distribution, and it is lighter of course. This was a major factor in causing wrist and hand cramps while playing Mario Kart DS or other such titles.

6) Buttons are not as spongy, more clicky. They are the same as the micro, same with the D-Pad.

Hope this helps eh!?

Yes I'm a Canadian!

Groovy Guy
Blogger groovy guy 3/07/2006 1:54 PM  
Ditto on the arm biting.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 1:59 PM  
Thanks for the questions, everyone!

I'll try to do a follow-up video review answering some of them video-style. Failing that I'll just do a new post. Possibly tomorrow, or next week, depending. :)

Stay tuned!
Blogger Cabel 3/07/2006 2:08 PM  
Hey, man.

That was nice and simple yet highly informative vid. Thanks a ton for the 411, and hope to see more things like this in the future.

My only question is, does the maximum brightness make the colors become a little washed out? It's probably just the video, but I'd like to be sure.

Thanks again.

Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 2:28 PM  
Hey Cabel, the exploded photos load behind the video preview frame (in a 3-D graphical layering sense) in Safari.
Blogger vortech 3/07/2006 2:33 PM  
This video sold me and many of my friends on the DS like.

About the top brightness being too bright, I remember EGM saying the same thing about the original frontlit SP - is this even stronger? Secondly, would it be fair to compare the top brightness level to turning your MP3 player up all the way: possible, but unnecessary and possibly painful in the quiet (or in this case, dark)?
Blogger Nick 3/07/2006 3:09 PM  
Vai para o caralho!!!
Anonymous Jorge Armando 3/07/2006 3:16 PM  
Pretty good video , i love it !!! i think you shoud make more . I also added your rss feed , quite interesting vlog you have
Blogger Jacomar 3/07/2006 3:31 PM  
The video was still loading while I was watching it, and so it stopped just after "..and you can even take it to a higher level, at which point...". I uttered, " might kill you!" before the video loaded further and I continuted to watch.

Blogger Wevah 3/07/2006 4:10 PM  
You are such a hacker! :)

Thanks for the inside looks tho.

Blogger R2K 3/07/2006 4:53 PM  
"Looks nice. Do we already have battery life specs? Poor batteries life is the only thing I didn't like in the previous version."

the first generation has a battery life of around 8 hours. way better than the psp, but then again, i dont know what you expect out of it.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 5:18 PM  
Look around you. LOOK around you. Have you worked out what we're looking for? Correct. The answer is: Cabel.

That reference made my day, Cabel. Blants.
Anonymous Brendan 3/07/2006 5:27 PM  
yeah, hows the d-pad feeling? What's it in comparison to the original DS d-pad? It looks smaller, but is it as bad as the original GBA d-pad?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 5:35 PM  
Wow...nice review, comedic as well. Almost makes me want to buy a DS again (I sold my 1st Generation system).

Thanks for posting this.
Anonymous Ross 3/07/2006 5:47 PM  
Haha, you said, "thicker and bigger..."
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 6:13 PM  
just like they made the gba sexy with the sp, i think ive got the hots for the ds
Anonymous lebeave 3/07/2006 6:29 PM  
What in the hell does the PSP have to do with this??? This post is about the DS, Damn it. Must we ALWAYS make an comparison when the other one walks in the room?

When the PSP gets some games, give me a call, but until then ..... ! Also, Apple doesn't OWN the color white!
Anonymous WhatNot 3/07/2006 7:10 PM  
You sir have an awesome radio voice. You need to work for some company to do video reviews professionally.

It was hilarious "At which point, using the DS Lite might kill you." and really well made.
Anonymous Zweben 3/07/2006 8:24 PM  
Amazing review, I think you beat the Brit who video reviewed the fake PSPs. Nice one.
Anonymous analogue40 3/07/2006 8:43 PM  
awesome video review cabel. you kick my video review butt. in the next video or set of pix can you do some device on device comparisons of thickness, width, etc? it would be cool to see exactly *how much* smaller the lite is.
Anonymous eric L 3/07/2006 8:49 PM  
it's so tight!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 8:59 PM  
much better!!
Blogger dazang 3/07/2006 10:06 PM  
Awesome work sir! Thank you very much! This makes me want one so much worse, look at what you've done to me :P
Anonymous Anonymous 3/07/2006 10:37 PM  
Dude, I think you owe it to TV to become a full time presenter - great vid, fantastic ending.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/08/2006 2:10 AM  
Great Video!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/08/2006 2:29 AM  
Nice review, thanks. I doubt we'll (UK) be able to get our hands on one for a while so this really fills the technolust gap.

I particularly liked your "Welcome to the world of tomorrow!" voice. You should do the whole review that way.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/08/2006 2:57 AM  
New post bro.

Blogger R2K 3/08/2006 4:44 AM  
Sigh. I just get audio no doubt due to some video codec war within the innards of this beast called Windoze.
Blogger RG 3/08/2006 6:08 AM  
Nice video! :D
Blogger Guillem 3/08/2006 6:33 AM  
'I declare DS Lite the winner'

I'm gonna steal your catch phrase, k thx bai~:D:D:D!
Anonymous ch4rm 3/08/2006 7:11 AM  
"Looks nicer than the first gen, but still not as beautiful as a PSP."
Of course, I can't say anything about that. It's your opinion. I can however say the the DS' design is way smarter. The clamshell design protects it, the matte inner finish keeps fingerprints away and it folds to become smaller when not in use. (same as #1 but for the sake of size).
Anonymous Se[BBB]e 3/08/2006 8:37 AM  
Might I ask how much someone can expect to pay for this and the games?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/08/2006 11:13 AM  
Yeah it looks very nice indeed. Excited. Yet frustrated at the same time. I only recently(ish) bought a DS. Hell, before that I only recent bought a GBA SP, and before that... etc.

Only two companies get away with it - Apple and Nintendo. Fairplay to them. I'm not sure why they do... it's not marketing, if it was, Sony would be able to do it. I guess it's the loyal fanbase, built through quality products.

So well done Nintendo.
Blogger Soong 3/08/2006 11:22 AM  
I think I might have to check into getting one of these.
Blogger Editor 3/08/2006 12:21 PM  
Hey, it's the arm biter again. :-)

Serious questions this time: In your next review/post, could you please address:

- How does the new stylus feel? I bought a 3rd party retractable one for the DSFat. My man hands still cramp after dropping some bon mots on the peeps in Animal Crossing, or operating in Trauma Center though. I'm guessing I'll have to find a retractable stylus for the lite too.

- I see that IGN's description of the weight has been referred to in the comments already. The DSFat cramps my girlie wrists like crazy when I play in bed, or even sitting up, actually, if I'm stylus-ing a lot. Does the lite have this problem?

- Ditto on the dimensions. Especially with Mario Kart, the fatty feels awkward whenever i play (esp. in bed). Does the smaller form factor exacerbate this or is it actually more comfortable?

- Mic placement: weird or not? Spittle on the screen?

Anonymous Anonymous 3/08/2006 2:04 PM  
Congrats on making it to the blogger homepage...
Blogger Online Degree 3/08/2006 2:44 PM  
Great review! You weren't by any chance channeling Alton Brown were you? (Humerous yet informative tv cook guy...) Enjoy the system!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/08/2006 4:24 PM  
it's like a tiny god...

plus with the 2-screen VNC client homebrew, it's useful!
Anonymous thedaniel 3/08/2006 5:15 PM  
Awesome video dude! The screen on the DS Lite is absolutely amazing! Now I gotta sell my current DS and wait for the Lite to make its way to the USA. Damn it!
Blogger NextGen 3/08/2006 5:40 PM  
King Koopa doesn't stand a chance!!
Anonymous Super Mario 3/08/2006 6:01 PM  
heeey its so cool!!
Blogger itcaso 3/09/2006 5:27 AM  
Hello, Dutch visitor here, great video revieuw you made, maby you can make another one with diffret games and maybe a closer look while gaming. i have ordered a DSlite too so i like to see more. you are lucky having a DSlite so soon, my DSlite is delayed, so i have to wait a few weeks. thanks to this revieuw you made i will watch your website more!

Tot ziens!

(it meens see you)
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 9:14 AM  
Haha, great review. Make more!!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 1:06 PM  
"Also, Apple doesn't OWN the color white!"

Do I have to be the guy to say that white isn't really a color?
Anonymous Glen C. 3/09/2006 1:49 PM  
The video doesn't get past the part about the hands, even when I refresh it.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 2:14 PM  
You Rock! Your commentary on both the DS and DS lite was Brillant not to mention hilarious! You covered everything and I can't thank you enough!
Anonymous steph 3/10/2006 2:40 PM  
Excellent reviews. I have a couple of questions that relate a bit more to extended use:

1. Now that you've had the DS Lite for a while, does the shiny surface scratch like that of the iPods of lore and the PSP?

2. What is the difference in terms of battery life of the DS Lite and the DS?

3. Is there a big variation in battery life between the DS Lite at Full brightness and DS Lite at a Medium more normal brightness?

Thanks for putting all this work into your review it has done much to satiate my curiousity.
Anonymous Mike 3/11/2006 3:16 AM  
Wow. I'm thinking of getting one of these babies. They look so sexy.
Blogger continium 3/11/2006 11:26 AM  
Does the ds lite get dirty??

Thanks for the cool reviews!
Blogger Thomas 3/12/2006 7:54 AM  
Even though my computer is slower than a turtle and the extensive lagging completely destroyed what fluency the video had, I still got the picture. Overall, I liked it. The only thing I'd wish more than having one now is that it came out in the U.S. at the same time as Japan. To thomas, no, it does not get dirty unless you drop it in mud. To mike, 1. No, gereraly, the DS won't scratch. 2. The battery life is about the same as the origonal DS at MAX BRIGHTNESS (I, personally am impressed with the new battery). 3. Yes, there is. Normal brightness, I think you can expect around 13 or so hours of play time. Max brightness: 7.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/12/2006 10:47 PM  
Yo dawg. Dis is shizmania. Off da hizzy!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 4:16 PM  
yes. indeed.
what he said.
Anonymous strongfinger 3/13/2006 4:32 PM  
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Nice comparison! Still waiting for my package sendt from Japan with my Enamel Navy DS :D
Anonymous Anonymous 3/16/2006 2:54 AM  
VERY VERY nice, i on the other hand just ordered my a Nintendo DS a week before i saw the new Nintendo DS Lite on the internet. I have talked to a store in my area ran by japanese people who import alot of the japan or lets just say import consoles and games, even asian porn movies for the psp. anyway, my main and biggest question is. Will or when will it be released here in the US?, after talking to the store i have mentioned, the person has told me that they will only be released in Japan and the US wont be getting these. could someone please help answer my question?

Thanks and once again really awesome review.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/16/2006 3:04 AM  
Very nice review, one of the best hardware video reviews I have seen. You have actually sold me on getting one! I have wanted a DS for some time now, but I feel confident that the DS Lite will rule the world (or my heart).

Thanks a bunch!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/16/2006 11:36 PM  
GREAT VIDEO! this video was one of the first things i saw about the DS lite, and it sold me on it. i want one now, but i am going to wait til US release. i am fairly sure it is coming to the US. i just read in a magazine they are shooting for May. but, i would check into that just to make sure. thanks again for the video and keep up the great work!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/16/2006 11:38 PM  
wow totally diffirent and more impressive.
the review was great but you missed many the WIEGHT,when i play mario kart with my old DS my hands nearly get broken from its heavy weight.

and 1 more thing,about the inner buttons re-organizing(shape),,do u think its better-shaped than the old one?

i think it will be very suitable for RPG games such as pokemon "diamond and pearl" 24 for hours playing...thanks.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/17/2006 7:10 AM  
Aw-aspiring, I love the simplicity of this design. The only downside is that you still can't view video files on it, but that's not really a problem, I can get a DS flash card and make a media player out of it, sort of like the VLC Portable player :P and since this has a touch screen, media control on this sexy machine will be awsome, it's a shame Nintendo hasn't taken advantage of this yet :(, and in the portable-gaming world, I would appreciate it if the gaming companies didn't just copy all the data from Console Games and just sticking them onto Portables,
Anonymous Anonymous 3/17/2006 5:16 PM  
^ its that sexy to you?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/19/2006 4:10 PM  

does anyone know who has this baby in stock now?

Anonymous Anonymous 3/19/2006 7:03 PM  
it would be cool if you showed/explained the wireless extension of the DS Lite in a comparison between the DS original and Lite. Thanks!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/20/2006 8:19 PM  
hahahhaha thats pretty funny stuff there... you totally made me want to get 1. thx alot now i need to spend even more money :< which i dont have
Anonymous Anonymous 3/20/2006 10:05 PM  
...or if you'd like to see any additional videos or photos showing whatever else, drop your thoughts in the comments! Your wish is my command!

Nekkidcabel pix plz. This blog needs more Cabel pr0n. Kthxl8r.

Oh, responding to rg above, Google for the K-lite codec pack and install it. It contains the most popular video and audio codecs, and pretty much guarantees you'll be able to view any video you wish, with correct audio. Uninstall any other codec packs you might already have installed first.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/21/2006 5:36 AM  
Wonderful review. You also have a very sexy voice.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/21/2006 8:34 PM  
i heard that the DS Lite could play MP3's like the ipod

is this true?

it would be pretty sweet.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/22/2006 4:04 PM  
I agree with the last person please post an answer to his question.

It would be really awesome!

Anonymous Anonymous 3/23/2006 5:09 PM  
"Somthing to think about if your still trying to catch them all"

You sir are a genious.
Anonymous Dave 3/26/2006 8:37 AM  
This is great, but compare the two to the PSP. I might buy 1 of them.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/26/2006 5:33 PM  

I just had a few questions about the release of the Lite.

1> When will the Lite be available on US soil?
2> How much will it be when it is released?
3> How much does an imported DS Lite cost?

Anonymous Anonymous 3/27/2006 3:44 PM  
Hey awesome video! Would you mind showing two people playing metroid on ds ( one on ds lite and one on normal) so we can see the ds lite in action? thanks! you are cool!!!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/27/2006 7:13 PM  
Not worth paying for the system again, Original DS is bright enough for me, gets the job done just fine, I think once u buy the DS light you'll get accostomed to it and wont notice the difference again anyways. Not worth it in my opinion if you've already bought the original DS
Anonymous Anonymous 3/27/2006 9:10 PM  
I have heard it may come to us in august, so not too far from now.

But you can get in imported, only a couple places has it in stock (even liksang is out), you can get it from , price a bit steep at $279 or something like that, but for the must have now people, that's the way to go. Hopefully the price will drop a bit when they have more stock on the street....

Anonymous Anonymous 3/28/2006 2:46 AM  
cool review. my friend had the same exact cat sticker on the same exact place on his DS lol. DS lite looks alot like an SP. actually it looks exactly the same as an SP when closed... cool
Anonymous ryan 3/29/2006 5:01 AM  
haha... i already have one :P
Anonymous Anonymous 3/30/2006 1:01 PM  
AHH!!! I Wish i didnt buy the previous version of the Nintendo DS!! DS Lite is so COOLER! its sleek, sexy, cool design and lighter is so much better then the previous ds and the Brightness!! WOOOT!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/01/2006 3:45 AM  
hey! im so annoyed i bought the last DS! does anyone know when it is being released in the UK? cant wait til it gets to london!!!
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Blogger jimmyc 4/02/2006 8:14 AM  
I am all thumbs here posting..
Just wanted to say you did a terrific job with your review. My 9 year old Son is still "LOL" after your Death screen comment. He hasn't put down his DS since he bought Animal Crossing Wild World two weeks ago. I've played it a bit and its fun to sneek on his file and leave him stuff I find/trade/ etc. I think I'll get one of these Lite's when they hit the US.
Blogger jimmyc 4/02/2006 8:47 AM  
Do you have any idea when these might be released in North America?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/02/2006 6:07 PM  
How does this screen hold up when using the stylus, is it just as good as the Old DS' screen. Or better?
Anonymous itsmattadams 4/03/2006 9:26 PM  
Man I have to have one its so sweet your so luck you got already!!!!!!!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/04/2006 7:52 PM  
The nintendo DS LITE is going to rock!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/05/2006 2:59 PM  
I think you can get a DS lite imported on
Blogger mutant piggy 4/05/2006 7:26 PM  
Is the screen size the same on both models?

Or is the Lite somewhat smaller? (In which case, by how much?}
Anonymous dv 4/06/2006 1:20 PM  
i WAS going to just buy a normal DS but after seeing that video review I'm definetly going to wait longer (and therefore be able to save more) to get the DS-L.
Anonymous Justin 4/06/2006 2:26 PM  
*Gaaaaaaaaa.......* Wooooooooow. Nintendo's outdone themselves with this redesign! But wouldn't you guys rather wait for the DS ULTRA Lite? lol JK. Im for SURE getting it!
Anonymous Jake 4/07/2006 2:28 PM  
Hey people,
I really want to get a nintento ds lite. i have recently been thinking of buying just a nintendo ds but then i saw a new one coming out that is way more sexier. But if the price of the lite is too expensive i might just stick to the 1st Ds.
So if anyone knows the price of the lite and when it will be relesing in australia please tell me, becasue iam desperate for one of these! oh and when it is being released in london. thanx for the review ;)
Anonymous Anonymous 4/09/2006 12:49 AM  
uh i declaire the ds lite the winner tht was the best bit of the video ha ha ha
Anonymous Anonymous 4/10/2006 5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous 4/10/2006 1:05 PM  
I am gettin it a.s.a.p. when it hit's US shores.

The QUICKTIME video is corruped..? I think so anways..!
Anonymous Jorgie X 4/10/2006 5:35 PM  
The video is not corrupted, just super slow the load. You might try loading the video here:

The DS lite is what the original DS should have been. Part of what kept me away from the DS to begin with was the clunky design. I found this page looking for some kind of comparison between the DS and DS Lite, and I found the info I was looking for. The DS Lite is really not much smaller, just a much cleaner design. Not sure I really like the change from the power button to the slider switch, though. I think exposing that on the outside of the clamshell was probably a bad idea.
Anonymous Nimdae 4/11/2006 1:33 AM  
The DS Lite is probably going to have more sales than any other handheld out in the market. I like the usual DS but, DS lite is just a nicer piece of work. Nintendo really has it in the bag with this one.The original DS has more sales than the PSP and if you put the DS with the DS lite it will TORTURE and DESTROY sony's PSP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/11/2006 9:14 PM  
The DS Lite's price is going to be $130
Anonymous Anonymous 4/11/2006 9:21 PM  
Not yet, but getting closer,

you can get the white DS Lite at for $239, which is $40 cheaper than few weeks ago... the blue ones are for $229 as well I think. The thing is no one else has th white one now but them
Anonymous Anonymous 4/12/2006 12:27 AM  
But will it support old skool games?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/12/2006 2:04 PM  
I was on a Japanese web site...

they come in white ice blue and enamel navy

nice video
Anonymous Anonymous 4/12/2006 6:43 PM  
Hi, I found your very informative site searching for some type of comparison between the DS and DS Lite as well, and I was wondering if you could show how pron the DS lite is to figerprints and marks. Thanks!
Anonymous Ajay 4/15/2006 12:12 AM  
hey, this article helped me decide whether to get the ds on my birthday (may 3) or wait for the lite. I'm waiting all right! Just wait till I see the look on my friends faces!!!!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/15/2006 5:25 AM  
I've seen both your videos on youtube (great videos by the way) and I had a question. Have you heard anything about Nintendo putting the two screens closer together so that the space between them isn't so large? Cuz if they are....I would rather wait for that version.
Anonymous Ping 4/17/2006 2:26 PM  
does it easily scratch?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/17/2006 2:44 PM  
The DS LITE is gonna Rock!

(DS LITE coming May 9th)
Anonymous Anonymous 4/17/2006 6:25 PM  



### HOW MUCH IN US? ###
Anonymous Anonymous 4/17/2006 10:23 PM  
where did u get that ds lite it aint out yet?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/18/2006 3:01 PM  
that looks so cool!!!

one thing though,does it scratch easily and does it break easily?

awesome video
Anonymous Anonymous 4/18/2006 7:08 PM  
I randomly stumbled onto this video. You're ADORABLE! Do more video reviews, you!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/19/2006 11:36 AM  
everybody, say it with me ... STYLUS ... pens have ink in them. good job tho, i want one.

Anonymous Anonymous 4/19/2006 7:20 PM  
After seeing the DS's ability, but not yet getting one of my own, I want this one. I have been holding out on getting a DS just because the new design so worth it. I never cared too much for the old design.
Anonymous Matt 4/20/2006 7:35 PM  
hi everyone likes your reviews (including me) because you answer there questions. like you cant (maybe you can i duno) just go to ign and ask them alot of questions cause they wont answer them in VIDEO FORM. its awsome seeing the ds and the dsl compared to eachother in real life....or moving. i mean. *shot*
Anonymous Anonymous 4/23/2006 8:10 AM  
i want a ds for a dollar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
Anonymous Anonymous 4/23/2006 1:41 PM  
i am so gonna sell my old DS for the LITE! I wonder when it will be released here in the would be cool to somehow download music into the LITE to make it like an IPOD.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/26/2006 5:46 PM  
im not sure its really going to come out on may 9th,thats probobly when they announce the date. but if it does.....yeahyaaa!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/26/2006 5:51 PM  
I got one:D:D
The enamel navy coclored one!
Love it!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/27/2006 8:25 AM  
the ds lite may be smaller but if you look closly the screens are larger which is pretty sweet.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/27/2006 5:15 PM  
my gf has just picked up 2 of them in Japan a whiteone and a green one. Along witha bunch of software I cant wait till shes back just a cppl more days.
Then I can give a unbiased comparison between it and psp
Anonymous Anonymous 4/29/2006 7:40 AM  
I just ordered a DS lite today off
i'll get it in a few days because i'm shipping with UPS and then i can give my impartial opinion.
i can hardly wait!
Anonymous Retroman 4/30/2006 3:45 PM  
ok here is a question i havent seen come up anywhere. dose the screen click back in the the second position like the original DS or dose it just have the one position like the SP?
Anonymous Anonymous 5/01/2006 10:41 PM  
when is it coming out in North america?! is it out already or what? cuz this is the first time im seeing it.. and my freind was talkinga about this along time ago.. so im kinda confused.. i already have a DS.. i really want to get this one now..then ill sell my old one
Anonymous Anonymous 5/02/2006 4:04 PM  
Awesome O.O!!
*Running to store to get one*
That Really Kicks A$$ :D
Anonymous Anonymous 5/03/2006 11:09 AM  
I bought a DS LITE White Crystal color on eBay for $201 USD =) Will be arriving tomorrow. Prior to buying this I had bought a used nintendo DS, which was in ABSOLUTELY Crap condition hopefully getting a refund for that.
Anonymous Anonymous 5/04/2006 2:46 PM  
Just FYI I have 14 crystal white models available now. These are in stock and I'm trying to get rid of them so I can get a stock of 4 GB nanos in. Anyway, my price to you is $205 per unit + shipping. If you are interested please let me know at I accept secure payment forms such as CC and if you are local (Phoenix, AZ) you can buy it in person. Thanks!
Anonymous diablo audio 5/05/2006 12:54 AM  
Holy crap, that was funny-and true! Cheers, Cabel!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/06/2006 7:24 PM  
hey, i have been putting off buying the ds for a long time, but this review was awesome! Lite is much better, and i can assure u its mine when it cums out in june or july or w/e :P....peace
Anonymous Anonymous 5/09/2006 7:38 PM  
yayyy.! the release date is here for canada.. June 11 yay.. so if anyone wants to know.. its on i cant wait!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/11/2006 8:14 PM  
The DS Lite system is without a doubt Thee best DS ever, um it has a size that's agreeable to many people, not as small as the micro system but it's much smaller than the Original DS. The screen is much better to, even at the original brightness, it has two new brightness settings the screen is the same size which a bonus.

I declare the DS Lite the winner!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/13/2006 11:43 AM  
Five year ago I went to Japan and got the ds lite for 578,465,345,677,876,545,yen which cost in the us for about $129.99.
Well it wasn't 5 year ago I just went in time.
Anonymous Anonymous 5/14/2006 11:36 AM  
Nice hands!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/14/2006 4:53 PM  
please tell me if it will come in other COLOURS LIKE PINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/16/2006 10:41 AM  
next review please put on a cat sticker on the lite and I might get one! lol, no matter what I will get one!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/19/2006 5:39 PM  
great reviews! any chance of comparing the visiblity of the DS and Lite out in the sunlight? The regular DS was hardly visible in that condition but is the DS Lite any different?
Anonymous Anonymous 5/21/2006 8:10 AM  
So eventually, are the screens fragiler than the 1st ds ? and to what extent ?

Anonymous Anonymous 5/21/2006 2:02 PM  
when is it comeing out
Anonymous Anonymous 5/21/2006 5:14 PM  

release date of ds lite for usa
Anonymous Anonymous 5/22/2006 2:40 PM  
i wus wundering aboute the sound is it louder or not as loude? make a vid thay are funey
Anonymous Anonymous 5/25/2006 11:46 AM  
i wus wundering aboute the sound is it louder or not as loude? make a vid thay are funey
Anonymous Anonymous 5/25/2006 11:47 AM  
ok...well like most people who plan on getting a Nintendo DS Lite....I ALREADY WENT AND RESERVED ONE.....but luckily for me I have also already paid it off.....I'm still waiting till June, 11 when it comes out and it is kinda pissin me of, cuz I know i have one...but I just can't get it until the pre-order DS's ship to GAMESTOP....and for those of you who don't know what gamestop is the BEST Game store in the History of should go to there website I was also wondering .....this is a questiond for you CABEL.....I was wondering what your reccomendations are for DS Lite Traveler Kits and Starter Kits....along with Clean-Up Kits and Carriers were?
Anonymous MATTHEW!!!! 5/25/2006 3:36 PM  
Please tell me that they improved the volume control slider...the one on the original DS was so was way too hard to get it to a low volume. It was all or nothing. I just hope this is one of the many features that they improved...
Anonymous Anonymous 5/27/2006 5:38 AM  
Gimme! I want it so bad! I want it the first day it comes out!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/27/2006 11:42 AM  
I have a DS, and my sister gets a DS Lite!!! It's so unfair. Anyways, speaking of apple, the Wii is coming ouut and is going to have an apple powerpc chip inside.. I quess Nintendo actually is starting to use the "cool" computer style (I'm on an Imac G5 right now!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/27/2006 6:10 PM  
dude! i just LUV the lite screen! just a tip for u, git better endings!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/29/2006 8:26 AM  
I must have one!!!!!!!!!!
The screens asome, it looks way betre, and it's liter.
Anonymous Anonymous 5/30/2006 1:01 PM  
hi that ds lite is so awesome
i want it so bad how much is it whaterver the cost i'm getten it
Anonymous Anonymous 5/30/2006 1:11 PM  
dude,it's awesome but why is it only in that color, or are there more colors?
Anonymous Anonymous 5/30/2006 1:13 PM  
Thanks so much for soing all the cool features of the new DS LIGHT. I didn't know anything about it before and if i wanted to get it instead of replacing my old (broken) DS With this or not. UMMM... just a few questions like IS THE SOUND ON IT BETTER? or IF YOU CAN COMPARE THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE SCREENS IN TH DARK, SO WE CAN TRULY SEE HOW MUCH IT'S BETTER?? also i was wondering about the weight. BUT.. anyways thanks, and its really made me have second thoughts. SEE YA
Anonymous Anonymous 5/30/2006 5:57 PM  
And there will be Lite
awesome video
Anonymous Anonymous 5/31/2006 12:58 PM  
I'm already buying a ds lite, but that just made me more wanting to buy it, yea but i didn't really like the ending o well, the DS lite rocks !!!!!!!!!
Anonymous Anonymous 6/01/2006 7:49 PM  
Tihs tnihg lkoos so fgrign' aeomswe! I'm gnona get one as soon as pisoslbe!
Anonymous Anonymous 6/02/2006 4:51 AM  
ds lite is so cool and is so cooooooool and guess what cool
Anonymous Anonymous 6/03/2006 12:33 PM  
how much is it
Anonymous Anonymous 6/03/2006 12:33 PM  
WOW! The DS Lite lokks so smooth and shiney! I'm definetly getting one! Great Video! Hope You have more!
Anonymous Anonymous 6/03/2006 3:31 PM  
love the freakish disembodied hands.
the DS Lite looks totally sweet. i'm debating between this baby and a PSP.
thanks, Cabel. :)
Anonymous Natalie 6/04/2006 1:57 PM  
lol! i hink the 3rd video was the awesomest (not reel word). and dude what is up with the friggin cat sticker? you would sink so low as to... becaus of your videos i am definitely getting a ds lite!!!! ds rulez and so do froot loops!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Blogger vick 6/07/2006 10:27 AM  
Blogger vick 6/07/2006 10:29 AM  

To bad I just got my Blue DS a week ago.

Oh well.

Great videos!
Anonymous Anonymous 6/07/2006 5:42 PM  
lol i asked my parents if i cam get one and they said yes i couldnt beleive it they usually say go buy ur own. im getting one on june 11 o yea i do have a psp well you know psp is more like a entertainment than gaming cuz i like use it for watching videos playing music and going on the browser more than i play games on it.
Anonymous Anonymous 6/08/2006 11:22 AM  
The nintendo DS lite is awsome either I get it by surprise or something or save up my own money Oh well but I know I'll get it.
Anonymous Anonymous 6/09/2006 7:39 PM  
Cabel, why did'nt you mention where the microphone was.
Anonymous Anonymous 6/09/2006 7:57 PM  
whats all this buissness about the rumors tht in the card thing tht goes in the gba slot there is some secret pins. is that true
Anonymous Anonymous 6/10/2006 1:46 PM  
Yay!!! My local gamestop is selling the game tomorrow! (What a shock! they always get games a day late.)

Because of your great reviews, I'm out $130 dollars. Thanks a lot! lol
Anonymous Anonymous 6/10/2006 5:26 PM  
When is it coming to america???
Anonymous Anonymous 6/11/2006 2:41 PM  
Its came to say.....OMG....Dude Cabel...I JUST got my NEW Nintendo DS is the best system EVER....the design is SO sleek and stylish....It is soo much better than the older the way i love your videos
Anonymous Anonymous 6/11/2006 5:28 PM  
dude i wanna see some internet wifi screenshots.
Anonymous superkdropd 6/12/2006 9:39 AM  
can this play mp3 music files?
Anonymous Anonymous 6/12/2006 10:06 AM  
i purchased ds lite yesterday w/ the new super mario bros game. i'm loving it!!
Blogger fondoo 6/14/2006 7:51 AM  

I was thinking of buying the DS lite and the card reader (25US at to make it into a mp3 player (as mine just died... but I wanted to know I the DS lite stayed on after you shut the lid?... would I be able to play the MP3s with it in my pocket or does it go to sleep/off?

Anonymous Anonymous 6/14/2006 11:23 AM  
thanks, the movie really helped me make my decision. I right now am a Game boy advnace sp owner, and i have been thinking about getting a DS ever since they came out, but after the DS lite came out I wasnt sure of which to get, so now I have made my final decision, and obvisouly its the DS Lite! thanks!
Anonymous Anonymous 6/14/2006 1:04 PM  
OHHHH EMMMMM GEEEE!!!!!! $!&# I got my DS lite the day it came out. And those edges wich are not smooth in any way. I was kinda coddling it like a baby (my hands are small).I got dirt....I think in the cracks of the regular white plastic, and the glossy kind when you open it. you can look at the side of it and see theese wierd greyish blackish spots in those cracks and i cant get it out.I tried using paper corners and sliding them through the cracks. but the corner made the paper fold to the point wherethe paper is to thick.some one out there please help.

Oh yeah loved the video review...THX for your time.
Anonymous Anonymous 6/16/2006 3:12 PM  

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