Nintendo DS Lite Second Look

New! Sure, sequels are never quite as good as the original, but by popular request, here's part two of my Nintendo DS Lite video review!

I did my best to cover some frequently asked questions this time around. This includes the GBA cart slot stick-out, the comfort, the thickness, and, yet again, the brightness. And while my voice is somehow even more bizarrely whispered this time and the disembodied hands thing may doom me to a fence-guy-from-Home-Improvement future, I think you'll enjoy it. Thanks for all of your questions!

(And here's a lower-quality YouTube mirror for those of you having Quicktime trouble.)

Again, feel free to leave comments if you have any additional questions! Enjoy!

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


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Thank you cabel again for the great review. I'm gonna have to get me one of these bad boys.
Blogger Matt 3/09/2006 10:59 AM  
God I miss those cereal, America is almost worth visiting just for those.
Anonymous Eddie 3/09/2006 11:12 AM  
That was excellent. Just pure, polished, beautiful review perfection.

You should do this more often.
Blogger CipherSwarm 3/09/2006 11:17 AM  
What can I say...Froot Loops FTW!
Anonymous Johan 3/09/2006 11:18 AM  
fruit loops! brilliant.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 11:22 AM  
Brilliant review. Saw the first one on Youtoob then got linked here. Keep up the amsuingly good work.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 11:28 AM  
How does the new stylus feel? Is there a need for a 3rd party retractable one? Or you gonna stick with the bundled one?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 11:45 AM  
I love your part deux . Its quite funny and well done. You should do more of them in the future
Blogger Jacomar 3/09/2006 12:15 PM  
Hillarious, informative and most of all fun. I think I will have one to bridge the time until spore comes out :).
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 12:16 PM  
Funny and informative! :-)
Blogger Joe 3/09/2006 12:33 PM  
another very nice review. can't wait to get my hands on one of these guys.

there are rumors floating around about the cover for the game boy slot, and how it seems to have mysterious connectors inside. does yours have them? does the weight of the cover suggest that there might be some circuit parts inside there?
Anonymous percenttwenty 3/09/2006 12:37 PM  
dugg again:
Blogger Peter Hosey 3/09/2006 12:51 PM  
The reviews have been really funny and even video quality has been awesomealicous!

We want more!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 12:54 PM  
How does the brightness compare with the Micro's highest setting? Thats pretty much the only setting I use on my GBM because it looks so nice outside.
Anonymous Jam 3/09/2006 12:55 PM  
PercentTwenty: There are definitely pins in the "filler cart" on a little board. But if you look very closely, there are no traces on the pins -- i.e., the pins are not actually connected to anything. So, without opening it up, I'm guessing there's nothing inside. I think they just wanted to make sure it really was acting as a "dust protector", by filling the connector.

Anonymous: The stylus feels fantastic, and is far more comfortable than the old one. So far, I'm stickin' with the bundled one, but I'll have to give it the Feel The Magic test...
Blogger Cabel 3/09/2006 1:01 PM  
I got liked here from Dude, I love your videos. They are funny and informative and I like you goofy geek style. If you got yourself a decent microphone you could do some regular video podcasts or something. Anyway, it was great to see the DS Lite in real operation instead of in just product shots (and compared to the old DS).
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 1:14 PM  
on some websites i saw pictures of the GBA slot cover, to be a ram card of some sort? is this true?
like the cover that goes into the GBA slot is a RAM card which provides better browsing and better
game play? if you could show some pictures of the GBA slot cover or explain this. that would be great.
my email is

thanks alot
Anonymous ALEX KANG 3/09/2006 2:06 PM  
how did u get urself a ds lite already? are u from japan?
and if u ordered from japan does the japanese version come
with english compatability? like show english letters instead
of japanese characters? im looking into getting the black ds lite.
what do u think? i think white would get dirty after a while. =\
any suggestions?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 2:14 PM  
I love you, Cabel. I mean, really. This is good stuff.
Anonymous Garrett Murray 3/09/2006 2:39 PM  
Oh no, the dingus from the GAF is going to launch a DOS attack on your site! Heavens! Whatever will you do when the internet comes to get YOU?

Fruit Loops = Lolz
Blogger Alex 3/09/2006 3:04 PM  
how do the buttons feel?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 3:27 PM  
when will this thing hit the shelves in the US?! i cant wait!!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 3:28 PM  
How's the response time of the screens compared to the Micro, DS and PSP?
Anonymous Stabby 3/09/2006 4:05 PM  
I've been thinking about getting either a DS or PSP, probably used. Any suggestions? Common problems of the two?? Just leave me a comment on my blog:

Blogger The Stig 3/09/2006 4:21 PM  
Cabel, I must say, these video reviews are stellar. I'm tempted to ask you to review the other hand-helds mentioned in this Second Look film.

Kudos on a great blog!
Anonymous Andrew V. 3/09/2006 5:39 PM  
Great video reviews but there's one issue I would like to see covered. DSLite's DEATH mode VS PSP's brightest light mode.

I have a PSP and I rarely use it on that mode, I am just curious of the difference.
Blogger mrEkli 3/09/2006 6:02 PM  
great reviews, i was wondering how the buttons feel, Do the a,b,x,and y buttons feel the same as the original ds (clicky)? Or are they like gamecube buttons (the more traditional)?

Also it seems like it takes much longer for the ds lite to turn on. I also dont know if I'd be comfortable holding the ds lite the way you suggest it, i love holding my old ds up against it. The sides on that are pretty smooth. Just wondering how its working out.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 6:29 PM  
With this follow up review, this site is quickly becoming my favorite site to visit. I hope that you continue your video reviews with the ame style and humor as the DS review. Congrats on all of your new viewers.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 7:18 PM  
super awesome!

I smell a videoblogger, and he smells good!
Blogger Sharelle 3/09/2006 7:23 PM  
Let's see the DS Lite at full brightness vs the PSP at full brightness, please.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 7:33 PM  
woot, i definately can't wait for this to reach NA :)

to Anonymous I'm guessing he either lives in japan or imported but to answer your other q's, YES it does work here, you just have to change the language setting to english and about the RAM thing, thats an entirely different thing than the GBA slot cover, but there WILL be a Lite version that will be small enough to fit properly in the DS Lite. Lastly, there is no Black DS lite, but there is a dark blue.


AWESOME REVIEW.... but honey bunches of oats >>>>> fruit loops. Im sorry.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 7:59 PM  
Hi! Great review. Some questions... Is the hinge nice and tight now? also one of my DS touch screens is really sensitive to both the stlyus and my thumb, but another one barely responds to my thumb at all (imagine giving a finger print) Is the lite this way or is it responsive no matter what?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 8:57 PM  
Cabel, what's your name in mario kart on wifi? I'm Soundboy, watch for me! Also are you a snaker? I'm not...
Anonymous Anonymous 3/09/2006 9:34 PM  
Nice review.. again!

Only question I have.. How does the audio compare for the Lite vs. the Original? Sound just as good? Better? Worse? Any noticable difference at all? Thanks!

Keep up the good work!
Anonymous Steve T 3/09/2006 10:00 PM  
I'm surprised no one has asked this!

Did your DSl come with a wrist band like the original DS did? Also, does said wrist band (if tangible) have the same little nub for games like Metroid Prime: Hunters?

I've gone through a crapload of "First-Look!" and "DSl Reviewed!" sites but found nothing on thiiiis.

Finally, awesome video, not only is the quality really amazing (what did you tape it with, anyway?) but the whole thing is very professional and nicely put together... like the DSl :P

Hasta Luego
Anonymous l_chupacabras 3/10/2006 12:08 AM  
Wow, that was amazing. Cabel, you've got to be just about the most charismatic person in the world. I didn't see part 1, but I loved this one.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 12:16 AM  
Awesome man. Tell us, was that the first take?
Anonymous db 3/10/2006 2:15 AM  
PLEASE make a video showing the brightness of the DS lite compared to the PSP, which apparently you have on hand...

This would be a great help (even though i already own 3 DS's and a PSP, it'd still be cool to see the brightness of a PSP challenged).

Oh.. Why not do a gameboy advance SP or the "enhanced brightness" SP?

Or a Sega Nomad? -jk

Again.. AWESOME vids, I enjoyed the fruit loops.
Anonymous Vavoom 3/10/2006 3:26 AM  
hi !
Blogger Fabry 3/10/2006 3:43 AM  
Fantastic coverage! If I was even waffling a bit on the DS Lite, I'm not now.
Blogger Lestrade 3/10/2006 4:49 AM  
Fantastic job Cabel! Your reviews are a joy to watch.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 5:06 AM  
I swear. You can make any old review exciting. :P Keep at it!
Blogger JSchwage 3/10/2006 5:23 AM  
Great review cabel! I hope you do more of these!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 5:56 AM  
Oh my god you're freaking hysterical.

I loled at work.
Blogger Chris 3/10/2006 6:29 AM  
The "confetti" at the end is absolutely hilarious. More importantly though, you've done a great service to the DS gaming community by showing the system in action and not just through screenshots, which - while always informative - aren't nearly as hands-on.
Anonymous MrCHUPON 3/10/2006 6:35 AM  
You sir, are a genius. Really, this must be the best video review I've ever seen!

I need one of those DS lites, too.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 7:42 AM  
Arrgh DS is sooo sexy ! And ahem the fruit loops are great but the cereals that I miss the most are the Lucky Charms ! We can't find them in France >_<;
Anonymous Chû Totoro 3/10/2006 8:50 AM  
I'm sure I'm not the only one who heard him say "GBA Lite"...

Other than that, very awesome video review. I'd like to know how durable it is. My DS has taken a couple of falls, but it just laughs and dusts itself off. Not that I'd expect you to drop your DS Lite on purpose, but you seem like the creative type. Have at it!
Blogger Ipsum 3/10/2006 9:03 AM  
Any word on the refresh rate? I've played an enhanced SP and the refresh rate is terrible. I'm hoping it's either better or no different than the original DS. Can we get a confirmation on that?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 9:19 AM  
Wow, genuinely amusing commentary. Two thumbs up, I just bookmarked your page!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 9:30 AM  
That was awesome, thanks for taking the time to do this for gam0rz everywhere. Your hosting style reminds me of Alton Brown on Food Network :)
Anonymous Cat D 3/10/2006 9:31 AM  
wilson wilson would be proud
heidi-ho neighbor
Anonymous Walter Lawrence 3/10/2006 9:31 AM  
I'd also wish to know more about the DS Lite strap thumb. Thanks or the vid.
Anonymous GUIGUI 3/10/2006 10:08 AM  
I too would like to see the DS Lite compared to the micro's brightness. The micro's screen is awesome.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 10:28 AM  
hahahaha, fruit loops!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 11:13 AM  
What is the battery life of the lite compared to the original DS?
Anonymous chess clocks 3/10/2006 11:37 AM  
Is there any difference in the audio quality? They speakers have to smaller in the Lite, don't they?
Blogger Mucko 3/10/2006 11:48 AM  
Excellent work. Liked the mysterious hands and the off-camera voice.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 12:38 PM  
I think Gamespot is looking for some people to review son stuff and scince there reviews are more or less pointless driple would be cool if you worked there
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 1:06 PM  
Fantastic review! I hope a lot of companies start sending you items to review.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 1:36 PM  
Excellent review on the DS lite!
Anonymous bentong 3/10/2006 2:31 PM  



more reviews plsktnx
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 2:54 PM  
Extremely well done reviews. Entertaining and informative.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 3:51 PM  
I loved this video so much that I made a GIF of it. <3
Blogger Nick 3/10/2006 3:52 PM  
Great review! Look forward to your next one!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 4:25 PM  
I know this has been asked already but how does it perform outside in the sun? The DS is for the most part un-playable even if you a kinda inside (like the car or under some shade or something.
Anonymous Joe 3/10/2006 4:59 PM  
Cabel, congrats on your outstanding reviews. I'm seeing your name all over the place all of a sudden...Digg, Joystiq, TUAW. I'm jealous of you cousin...can't wait to get my hands on a DS Lite myself. After watching your videos, I can't bear to play my old, dim, pedestrian electric blue DS again. Bring on the death mode!
Blogger Ava's Dad 3/10/2006 5:13 PM  
Cabel, you should quit Panic and just do awesome reviews such as this one. Ok, so you really shouldn't quit Panic. Transmit and Unison are too cool of apps. Seriously, you should create more of these. Perhaps a PSP review? I know it's been out for a while, but tell us what you think. You're a smart informative guy, share that insight and knowledge!
Anonymous Chris 3/10/2006 9:07 PM  
PLEASE- Can you do a video showing how well the screen records while playing a game? I wanna get a DS Lite just so i can finally get some good video footage of my Animal Crossing village.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/10/2006 11:41 PM  

As a PSP owner I have really noticed and been displeased screen ghosting. You have the nice, big, good looking screen but its ghosts like crazy in certain games and really ruins down the experience.

Do the DS lite screens suffer from any ghosting problems at all??
Anonymous Anonymous 3/11/2006 1:39 AM  
Can you another review, where we can see how de DS Lite feel when you play a game?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/11/2006 2:20 AM  
You must own a lot of stuff. I would love for you to show off your handheld collection some day.
Anonymous Luke 3/11/2006 4:53 AM  
How's the screen compared to the PSP's?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/11/2006 6:43 AM  
Compare the stylusses :)
hilarious reviews
Anonymous Anonymous 3/11/2006 6:51 AM  
Awesome video. Helped a lot to understand some advantages that the DS Lite has over the normal DS. Keep up the nice work!
Blogger continium 3/11/2006 11:19 AM  
Wow, I watched this like five times before I noticed him say "GBA Lite" after he shows WarioWare Twisted in it.
Blogger Nick 3/11/2006 11:23 AM  
Aussie-Nintendo have screen brightness comparisons for DSLite vs. PSP and DSLite vs. GBM.

Anonymous Anonymous 3/11/2006 4:01 PM  
I just love your reviews. Very well done. I love the jokes, the video quality...EVERYTHING!

Now, could you tell us about the battery life on each of the settings?

And a PSP DS light comparison would be great as well.

Also, could you tell us about the speakers?

They seem to be much smaller, do they have equally as loud and quality sound?

And how about a little more about the stylus?

"I'm sure I'm not the only one who heard him say "GBA Lite"..."

Lol, ya, I noticed that too. Good stuff.

Keep up the good work. It must be annoying having us all asking for more and more...its just cuz you are so good at it.
Blogger makesevenupyorus 3/11/2006 7:35 PM  
Thank you for your second movie!! Nintendo released the NDS Lite of the new color in Japan. Enamel Navy color is really cool :-).
Blogger Kenichi Yoshida 3/11/2006 8:10 PM  
Then we're all waiting for the Third Look :-P Where the button feel and psp vs ds lite brightness will be revealed.

You make video reviews in top class and by far the best ds lite vids on the net, so why not :-) We all enjoy drooling over the ds lite so much.
Anonymous Se[BBB]e 3/12/2006 4:37 AM  
Excellent review, superb and it couldn't have been better.

I agree with the other commenters that a PSP vs. DSLite would be scrumptuous.

However, being rather practical at that, how do you charge the damn thing? It charges through a new connector, am I right? And if you got it straight from Japan, I imagine it came with a Japanese charger. How did you recharge the battery?

And while I'm on the battery issue: how does it hold up with all that star-brightness in your charming "death" mode?

Keep up the reviews, and your site. Love them both.
Anonymous CJN 3/12/2006 1:19 PM  
Good job comparing the two. You answered alot of questions I had about the difference between the two systems.

I am most certainly going to buy a DS Lite when they become available in the US.

Thanks again for the awsome review!
Blogger Justin Day 3/12/2006 1:21 PM  

Blogger makesevenupyorus 3/12/2006 3:53 PM  

damnit, i left of the "E" ^^
Blogger makesevenupyorus 3/12/2006 3:54 PM  

Then I left off the second "f" in "off"...
Blogger makesevenupyorus 3/12/2006 3:55 PM  
CJN Japan & US have the same chargers.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/12/2006 5:22 PM  
I was wondering about the buttons on the right side, are they larger than on the original DS? I think the present ones are quite small.
Anonymous Kevin 3/12/2006 6:18 PM  
brilliant! thank you.

i laughed and was informed.

all i could ask for.
Anonymous cody 3/13/2006 12:34 AM  
u rok!!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 1:21 AM  
You're really funny man, +good review. One last thing I ould have done is a durability test, but if it's anything like an iPod, I wouldn't dare try it.
Blogger LavaHot 3/13/2006 1:40 AM  
lavahot, the big difference here is that it's a Japanese product, so durability is guaranteed ;)

Great review, Cabel. I loved it. Have two questions about the top hinge though.

It looks like except for the lighter weight they also distributed the weight better. The top hinge looks very light, am I right? My gripe about the old system is that the top hinge weighs a tonne.

Also, does the top hinge still have those two "lock clicks", or is the hinge so sturdy it doesn't need to be locked in position?
Blogger Gizmo 3/13/2006 1:55 AM  
lavashot: No we dont need a durability test. It's a Nintendo handheld. That should say it all. I am a little concerned it might scratch however.
Anonymous Se[BBB]e 3/13/2006 2:20 AM  
great review mate, though i'd like you to compare it to the psp a bit more (screen brightness/angles)

cheers :)
Anonymous Dave 3/13/2006 2:42 AM  
great review man. one of the best vid reviews ive seen in a while.

Good humour too...loved the fruit loops...rofl!

Anonymous vax 3/13/2006 4:23 AM  
THE GREATEST REVIEW EVER! thanks for it...
Anonymous samuelkim 3/13/2006 5:49 AM  
dude's kinda creepy, but the froot loops were great.
Blogger thewebguy 3/13/2006 6:24 AM  
Wonderful video!
Anonymous Boingo 3/13/2006 6:27 AM  
Yeah.. I Like Froot Loops too. Lucky Charms are even better, Too Bad you can't get them in Holland :(
Ow Btw. Very Nice vid. Review. Well done Mate o_O
Anonymous RJ-Falcon 3/13/2006 6:35 AM  
Your voice sounds like what Jeff Goldblum would sound like if he wasn't a jackass.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 6:47 AM  
Can you play American games on the system? Is there any kind of limitations where if I was to purchase a Japanese verison now that I wouldn't be able to play American games?

Anonymous The Maniack 3/13/2006 7:23 AM  
Thanks for the review, really made me considerpurchasing one of these things. Cheers.
Anonymous Jake 3/13/2006 8:02 AM  
Absolutely hilarious! AWESOME review... I was rolling on the floor with the fruit loops lol!! :-)
Anonymous Scott Lewallen 3/13/2006 8:07 AM  
this is the most entertaining videogame review i had seen in awhile....

2thumbsUp d-(^_^d-)
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 8:33 AM  
haha, great review
Blogger Awfulshot 3/13/2006 8:43 AM  
This is an excellent review. Your going on my blogroll and I can't wait to read (or should I say watch) more of your reviews!!!

Keep em comin!
Anonymous Michael 3/13/2006 8:44 AM  
eheheheheh very funny! thanks for the entertaining bit-o-media
Anonymous Bennyp 3/13/2006 9:15 AM  
Recently I watched The Fly again and yeah he does sound like jeff goldblum :)
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 9:32 AM  
Good work, thanks!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 9:46 AM  
You remind me of Alton Brown, from Good Eats

Very well done review. :)
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 11:37 AM  
as many people have said before.... battery life comparision? also, the charge time?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 11:59 AM  
Dude that was funny. Using fruit loops on every bit would make the reviews funnier every time.-Mike
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 12:04 PM  
Cable -- which do you play more the DS or PSP?
Anonymous Aaron 3/13/2006 12:30 PM  
fruitloop confetti was hilarious

but when you started to drivel over messing it up you soured the joke.

try a more abrupt take on embarassement
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 12:34 PM  
the dude from homeinprovement was Wilson... but yeah.... now your video revies willl ahve the signature fo Disembodied voice and hands XD
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 12:36 PM  
What was the port to the right of the GBA slot?
Blogger Jonny 3/13/2006 1:16 PM  
You should try podcasting
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 1:38 PM  
dood your my yea you should definetly do podcasting. id listen.
Blogger Will 3/13/2006 3:15 PM  
"but when you started to drivel over messing it up you soured the joke."

you really think so?

i thought that part was what made it the best.
Blogger makesevenupyorus 3/13/2006 5:02 PM  
Yeah a PSP (plugged in brightest) vs the DS Lite Death mode comparison would be more than great.

How about the speakers? how loud can it go? Compared to the DS and the PSP.

Thanks! Great review!
Blogger Denjira 3/13/2006 6:05 PM  
The fact that you just threw Fruit Loops on your Lite was just... just... great.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/13/2006 9:11 PM  
Great videos Cabel. I have a question, though. Did they get rid of the thumb strap thing or in a practical sense, incompatible with games that use it primarily for controls (like SM64).
Blogger Brendon 3/13/2006 10:08 PM  
I want it. I want it. I want it.

Seriously, I've never been into games but this little gizmo is truley amazing
Anonymous Barry Samson 3/14/2006 3:09 AM  
I believe Cabel may have played too much on death mode... O-O
Blogger JDG 3/14/2006 7:37 AM  
Thank you for those video reviews, probably the best video review of any product that I've ever seen. ^_^
Blogger mela 3/15/2006 12:05 AM  
Magnificent,this is much better than the first review...prefect!

about the stylist-pen,i heard that its taller,is that right?

1 more thing,when u turned on the two DSs at the same time,I noticed that the old DS showed the screen before the ds-lite with half-a-second,am I right? I being stupid?

and thank u so much ^.^
Anonymous Anonymous 3/17/2006 7:24 AM  
You my friend, are king! Your review was really entertaining :)!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/17/2006 8:51 AM  
Wow. Your reviews are awesome. :D
Do more? <3
Anonymous Peter-Paul 3/17/2006 9:07 AM  
Great reviews really, especially love the ending on this one.

It would be a more.. interesting comparision to compare the ds lite's screen to the psp's screen though!
Anonymous Rave Belmont 3/17/2006 11:19 AM  
Hi Cabel. Hope you read this.
I don't have a DS and I haven't found an answer for my question. Can you (or anyone here) help me? The question is: Can Nintendo DS (Lite) play music (or other things) while it's closed? I'd like to use it as a music player as well :)
PS: Cool video. I laughed with that impressive end!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/17/2006 3:12 PM  

oh, i want to know about the touch screen, like is it any diffrent, and could you tell us aobout how much lighter it feels, than the frist DS?

thank you
Anonymous Anonymous 3/18/2006 6:18 PM  
wow you are funny! i lol'd when you did the 3-d thing and the "i'm gunna stop doing this" thing. hehe...
Anonymous Christen 3/18/2006 10:34 PM  
Wow. This video may have gotten me hooked on your blog. Maybe. I sense an upcoming career in vlogging for you. (P.S. I got here from joystiq. They think you should do video reviews for Gamespot.)

Nice work. I envy the number of systems you own. Can't wait 'till I can buy a DS Lite of my own -- the (somewhat unexpected to me) redesign is exactly why I was stalling on buying a DS.

I'm still kind of curious for more comparisons -- battery life, refresh rate, sound quality, PSP/Micro/SP+ brightness, and so forth. Also, how're the ergonomics for touch-screen intensive games? The thought of using the screen in place of an analog stick is one of the things that's been making me balk at buying a DS to begin with.
Anonymous mDuo13 3/19/2006 11:18 PM  
wow, this is my first time to come to this site and it's awesome! i love ur vedios!

i am just curious about the battery life, and the sound quality for the ds lited. for the speakers, how loud can they go? also, comparing a psp and a ds lited, which one is brighter?

well,if u can make a vedio that's comparing a psp, ds, and ds lited, that would be great! thank you!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/20/2006 6:38 PM  
oki loved your videos excellent. Question can the ds lite have voice chat because i heard that it does for some games. I also heard that the ds lite will be able to have internet connection in june. for more read this article onthe this website it is interesting.
Blogger joe 3/21/2006 4:26 AM  
wmake more videos
Blogger joe 3/21/2006 4:27 AM  
where is the cheapest place for me to get a nintendo ds lite from if im in england but have acess to the internet?
Anonymous elestano9 3/21/2006 10:40 AM  
good job!!!awesome Nintendo DS Lite video review!!!!!! ;)
Anonymous Anonymous 3/21/2006 7:31 PM  
good job!!!awesome Nintendo DS Lite video review!!!!!!:):)!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/21/2006 7:34 PM  
good job!!! awesome Nintendo DS Lite video review!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)!!!!!!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/21/2006 7:37 PM  
To The Maniac:

The DS lite is a non-regional sytem, meaning that there is no "Japanese version". The DS lite that is on sale in Japan now is the same thing as the DS lite that will be released here sometime around September(don't quote me on that). The DS lite itself has language settings, so when you get yours, just make sure to set it to English. That's for language. For games, the system will play what is on the cartridge, so it won't have a problem with "American" games. Besides, if the game says DS and is a 1" by 1" square cartridge it is designed to work in the DS lite to begin with.

All in all, the DS lite will play your "American" games, which probably aren't as American as you think. If you are still unsure, let me say this: THE DS LITE IS THE DS WITH A NEW SKIN, IT IS NOT A NEW SYSTEM! Based on that statement, the DS lite will behave the same way as a silver "X-Wing" style DS.

Again, there are no regional differences in the DS lite. There is not a "japanese version", they are all the same.
Anonymous Tanner M. 3/21/2006 7:47 PM  
By the way Cabel, your review left me with a desire to know everything there is to know about the DS lite!

I have a printout of it hanging in my room!

I know it sounds retarded, but I don't care. I can't get over it. I even offered to pay my friend to get me one when he goes to Japan this June, but I don't know if I can wait that long after watching your reviews! I am 100% SOLD!
Anonymous Tanner M. - KING of long winded blog comments!!!! 3/21/2006 7:56 PM  
You're from Panic? No wonder your review was glowing with greatness!

Ha, keep it Mr. Sasser.
Anonymous ABigSmall 3/21/2006 8:39 PM  
Cable, i think its time for revieuw number 3......
Anonymous DUTCH GUY 3/22/2006 1:22 PM  
Hey cabel can you give us a third video with buttin siz, and playing a gba gae on all the britness settings?

Thanks zer0.
Blogger Zer0bytecode 3/23/2006 5:10 PM  
Great review! Perhaps I was wrong about this toy ... always had the feeling that touch pad for the gaming is not a good idea. Thanks for the info
Blogger Road Warrior 3/24/2006 7:29 AM  
Awesome review lad! The DS Lite looks brilliant in all ways, especially the new hinge! My old, soon to be extinct, DS had a hinge that was especially floppy. I only have one request...just how much better is battery life?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/24/2006 7:57 PM  
How do you go about changing the language? My DS lite showed up while I was gone and my little bro opened it and I think you make the language declaration right away the first time you power up. Well he must have chose Japanese because I can not get it to switch. All that comes up is a keyboard screen that looks like it wants me to enter player info in Japanese. Is there a reset button?

Anonymous Anonymous 3/24/2006 11:39 PM  
Nice cabel! could you do one more review and show the gameplay. i wanna see what it looks like! thanks!
Anonymous Anonymous 3/25/2006 9:57 AM  
please please please please please
Anonymous Anonymous 3/25/2006 10:09 AM  
Let's see the DS Lite at full brightness vs the PSP at full brightness, please.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/25/2006 10:17 AM  
anybody wanna tell me when the DS Lite is coming out?
cuz i kinda wanna know.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/25/2006 8:07 PM  
UNknown yet..

cabel please do a new vid.
Anonymous Anonymous 3/26/2006 6:39 AM  
Man, your review rules! You should definately do some more! My m8 has been on and on about the ds lite for ages and i didn't think much of it but now i sooooooo wanna get 1! I'll probably get a revolution first though...
Anonymous Odders3000 3/26/2006 11:36 AM  
why have you got so many consoles..thats amazing...where do you get the money.I've finally bought the ds and am quite happy with it.... a few weeks later i have the ds lite slapped in my face. now i want one of them.where is the justice in that?
Anonymous queenie 3/26/2006 12:33 PM  
dude, ur amazing...extremely funny too...u should go in the showbiz business and be a comedian or something...

hey, how come u got so many game consoles??? i only have a gba sp!!!...not listen, "can u give me one of your game consoles???"...ur probably gonna say no, so..."can u give me one of your game consoles, please???"...i promise i'd take care of it as if it were my own child...

email me...thankx alots...u rock cabel guy

~yours truly, console-wanter~ ...hehehe
Blogger dslyt 3/26/2006 2:07 PM  
I loved your review, can or did you do this for the micro? or the psp?
Is the stylus any longer/bigger?
And one last thing I saw many pics from other sites with the Nintendo Ds lite looking different.
Is this the most current design? I mean the original DS's design was a bit different than what it looks like today.
Anonymous Tsuki 3/26/2006 2:51 PM  
i must say, i have never found a mix of such great information with a twist of comedy before, so u rock just for that. also, did nintendo decide to add the feature of backwards compatablity beyond the GBA and go back to the old school game boy color cartridges, cause i still have some games i like to play on that system. uhhh, i guess i have to ask will there be a multicolor launch for the us, cause some kid said something about a black ds lite?? and all i know of is the white one. and ive heard the battery life is redonkulous like up to 19 hours plus, is this true? well im going to shut up now cause this is a long comment, and u r probably going to kill me for asking such a large number of questions.

Anonymous travis 3/26/2006 7:33 PM  
I just got my DS lite about a week ago and didn't open it until yesterday lol. I watched your review before I opened it and it was exactly as you said. I'm really enjoying my DS lite.

Thanks for the review!!
Anonymous Adriel 3/27/2006 1:09 AM  
Would like to have similar presentation of difference between the original stylus and the DS Lite stylus. Bigger and thicker sounds better but would like to know how it feels.

Also how is the DS Lite thumbstrap for playing compare to the thumbstrap on the original DS.

Anonymous Anonymous 3/27/2006 11:23 AM  
Responding to Travis:

The black DS lite you heard of is actually navy. The battery life on low brightness is an estimated 17 hours. On DEATH it is 7 hours, the same as the original DS.
Anonymous Tanner M. 3/27/2006 4:36 PM  
Ok Cabel,

Admit it, you are Oobi!

For those of you who don't know who/what Oobi is 1. Google it 2. Watch it.

Cabel = Oobi

Anonymous Anonymous 3/27/2006 8:49 PM  
How is the audio quality? The original DS's speakers were not very good.
Anonymous Drack 3/29/2006 5:21 AM  
Is there any idea on things like the price or the battery life, which I'm sure is affected by such a bright screen?

Hilarious videos. I love your regal winner voice lol
Anonymous Jojodi 3/29/2006 2:53 PM  
hey ive heard that you can now get on the internet with the ds and that you could even get radio?!?!? probobly just a rumor but if you feel like telling me no be my guest. is the sound quality better either? and could you post a pic of the frontal area where the ds cartridge goes?... id like to see the plug in's and little squares next to it
Anonymous Chandler 3/29/2006 9:52 PM  
how does the slidder switch work? does the ds lite shut down when u change settings like it used to in the orignial ds or what?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/30/2006 10:23 AM  
Loved the reivew, good comedy, not pretenious, very concise.

Can you show the GBA slot dust cover up close. An australian gaming site has reported it to have pins inside, suggesting some sort of added functionality. Perhaps more RAM or another future feature. Also, scans of the manual can be roughly translated by someone pretty quickly I'm sure.
Blogger Andrew 3/30/2006 1:26 PM  
Does the DS Lite retain all the features of the original, or did they have to let some go in order to keep it small?
I read somewhere that it doesn't work with WFC, is this true?
Anonymous Anonymous 3/31/2006 2:46 PM  
what was that cartrage in the gba slot?where did you buy your ds lite from?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/01/2006 5:25 AM  
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Blogger jimmyc 4/02/2006 7:40 AM  
Does it have a web browser? Cuz if so, i'm sold!
Anonymous albino sasquatch 4/02/2006 2:10 PM  
how much is it?
Anonymous cadbury creme egg eyes 4/02/2006 5:55 PM  
i had heard that the charger on the original ds doesnt work on the lite and since it just came out of japan it has a charger fit to a japanese outlet THEREFOR.... how do you charge it?
Anonymous Chandler 4/02/2006 8:56 PM  
Thank you, I am now convinced to get myself yet another Nintendo system...and nice touch with the fruit loops!
Anonymous Anonymous 4/02/2006 9:44 PM  
can you compare the ds lite screen to the psp screen. also can you show it out side because with my psp when im outside when its light out i cant see the screen.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/03/2006 5:24 PM  
Great review technique. The DS Lite looks great and I may have to consider buying one, although I'm a PSP fan.

I just can't get over how great your video review is. You deserve your own TV show.
Anonymous Matt Richards 4/04/2006 2:52 AM  
I Might get a DS light and a PSP I already have 3 DS's and a PS2
Anonymous Shadow 4/04/2006 2:25 PM  
DS' ROOOCCCCCKKKKKKKK they are so awesome oh this is going to be so cool when they come out I will defitnitley buy one.
Anonymous George 4/04/2006 2:41 PM  
I'm dead sexy yo
Anonymous Aflac 4/04/2006 2:44 PM, lots of stupid people posting here asking obvious questions...

but some of the better ones like the browswer...yes, it will have one, but it will have a fee. thats rediculous and im pissed at nintendo for that. it seems much more like something sony would do.

and i still dont OWN a ds or a psp. i really want the ds for the games, it just seems they have a much better selection of games, and i love the flip screen and dual and touch screen.

but i love the psp for the sleek look, the music and video capabilities, and the FREE browser.

but it also costs soooooooooo much. and the memory chips dont hold much unless you spend and arse load of money.

but i gotta say, i think cabels review has me sold.

and come on man, we want a part 3. PLZZZZZZZZZZZZ!
Blogger makesevenupyorus 4/04/2006 6:29 PM  
and also, how do you like the slighter compared to the button?

and how about the relocation of the "start" and "back" buttons?

and it appears that dpad and abxy buttons are slightly higher, if so, is it comfortable this way?

lolz, you have lots of questions to answer, and the expectations are high.

lol, i hope its a long review...5-10 minutes so that you can answer most of our questions.

once again, thx, and you are great at this stuff.
Blogger makesevenupyorus 4/04/2006 6:55 PM  
HAHA! That was an awesome review... makes me wish I has DS Lite instead... but my husband is getting one in Hong Kong (I'll just have to steal it from him) ;)
Mmmmm... fruitloops.... I must go eat me a bowl now!
Anonymous T.Davis 4/06/2006 12:18 AM  
great video. the froot loop were a nice touch. is there any new pictochat setting or somthing? wi-fi mabey? make another video too. i loved both of them. cant it fit in your pocket? that is the bad thing about the original. in your net video put them on top of eachother. thnx.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/06/2006 12:53 PM  
I just bought ds lite. for those who have own one, does the upper screen is bluish and the touch screen is yellowish? i never own original ds before so i dont know if this is normal or not for a touchscreen to appear more yellowish. help?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/06/2006 8:58 PM  
My DS is still 10 days away from my sweaty hands...Arghh!! it's agony! But your two reviews certainly help ease the pain (but also amp-up the anticipation unfortunatley). Brilliant job! As so many others have said you are a natural - great humour - great tone - and the disembodied hands have now become your trademark (whether you like it or not!) it's brilliant! Maybe you should set up your own video podcast and review EVERYTHING - perhaps get on board with the engadget guys?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/08/2006 3:51 AM  
This is a very important question! To me, at least.

Metroid Prime: Hunters came out recently, and I play it -a lot-. On the original DS, there is a slightly raised bit of plastic around its bottom screen, though, that prevents the stylus from zipping off the touch screen from jerky movements. On the DS Lite, however, I noticed that the lower screen seems to be raised up a bit.

My question is: On the lower DS touch screen "platform", is there a slight border to it that prevents the stylus from going off the screen or -not-?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/10/2006 4:36 AM  
what an excellent idea putting a movie of a console like that online, u have answered all my questions in 5 minutes thanks alot stranger. :)
Anonymous Anonymous 4/11/2006 1:44 PM  
Which color of the New DS Lite do you like best?
Anonymous Jeff 4/12/2006 5:33 PM  

i think white looks the best as if you get the enamel blue it looks like a kinda psp copy plus the contrast of dark console and bright screen may look a bit wierd/hard on the eye

For the rest of you itll be more expensive than a standard ds (i think)and i recommend importing if you are really interested-the only differences with english and japanese versions are different default languages and supplied power adapter.

im gona import to the uk so will need a 220-110v step down converter, change the language to english and THAT IS IT

games are region free so you can still play old games BUT your ds friend codes will be lost and if you upgrade from old to new ds (like me) YOUR friend code will change - remember that

Oh and heres something to excite you japan (only) there will be a tv tuner and for the rest of us an INTERNET BROWSER (im not kiding please google if you think im a liar)

by the way great review and great hands - im only saying cos i click my knuckles and they look like theyre gonna tear outta my skin :-(
Anonymous Anonymous 4/13/2006 11:38 AM  
You've answered all the questions I wanted to know about this thing except for one: When does this beauty hit US soil? ANyone know? Anyone? Great review dude.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/13/2006 1:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous 4/13/2006 4:16 PM  
when is the nintendo ds lite coming out in the UK and can you play normal nintedo games on it (e.g nintendogs ).
I thought your movie was really good !
Anonymous Anonymous 4/14/2006 10:14 AM  
i want to get the import does it play the US games or would it only play JP games?
Anonymous Anonymous 4/14/2006 11:13 AM  
Response to Anonymous post 4-13-06 at 4:16 PM

Our(US) plugs are the same(110V).
The only place it won't work is the UK.
Anonymous Tanner M. 4/15/2006 5:53 PM  
Reply for
"My question is: On the lower DS touch screen "platform", is there a slight border to it that prevents the stylus from going off the screen or -not-?"
Yes. there is a raised border on the touch screen lcd.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/16/2006 10:59 AM  
just to clarify
games are region free so whether you live in uk or usa any game should work in it (i live in uk and import games all the time)

i dont know however if jap games can be translated (subtitles may be in japanese but game will work fine)

it will work in uk but requires a 220V-110V step down converter so if importing buy a converter or it will not work (thats what i will do)
Anonymous Anonymous 4/16/2006 2:55 PM  
Hey, great vid, but i really would like to know about the ds lite's battery time on all 4 britness settings.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/17/2006 11:46 AM  
*** TO TANNER M. ***

Anonymous Anonymous 4/17/2006 12:40 PM  
Woohooo! Great review. In fact the one that made me order my shiny new navy blue DSL along with a stepdown converter!

Blogger zorniki-iki 4/18/2006 6:49 AM  
The ds lite is amazing it looks so much better and BRIGHTER than the original ds yet i still dont think i can be arsed getting the money by one( how much are they?) i dont think i will be able 2 be seperated from my curent ds as i hav modified it 2 the way i like it!!! oh and 1 last thing can the ds play movies because my mate has been bugging me about that 4 weeks
Anonymous Anonymous 4/18/2006 8:31 AM  

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Name:Cabel Maxfield Sasser
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