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« Reply #40 on: December 01, 2004, 06:23:55 PM »

Official PSP specs has the batterly life at approx 4 hours for gameplaying (2.5 hours for movies).

In other DS news:  Namco has announced DS versions of Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos.  I don't see how they could be direct ports so they are likely all new games in both series.
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« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2004, 07:24:25 PM »

Wow, 4 hours? That alone is enough for me to go to the DS (since the games will be out about the same time). That is terrible. That is, if the DS batteries last longer. Two screens must be a drain. Anyways, im jut hoping the games get better for the DS. What is lined up for the PSP launch and when is it again?
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« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2004, 09:20:01 PM »

That's a good point- anyone with a DS that can comment on battery life?
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« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2004, 10:42:15 PM »

I don't own one, but on the OO forums a thread on the DS said that the DS has "10 hours of battery life under ideal conditions". No, I don't know what "ideal conditions" means! smile
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« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2004, 11:29:41 PM »

Just to expand on the blurb from the Seattle Times:
Nintendo DS selling briskly

This thing just has so much potential - here's hoping the initial sales bump is enough to convince developers/publishers who are on the fence to start making games for the thing.

Animal Crossing DS alone makes it worth the purchase for me
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« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2004, 11:32:01 PM »

Ideal conditions = gba games using only one screen with the light off slywink
Hopefully not that at least.
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« Reply #46 on: December 02, 2004, 12:43:22 AM »

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This thing just has so much potential - here's hoping the initial sales bump is enough to convince developers/publishers who are on the fence to start making games for the thing.

 


Looks to me like the developer support is there.  Most of the significant pubs/devs have signed on in some capacity.  I imagine that most will fully support the DS and the PSP unless one or both really start to tank.
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« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2004, 02:55:32 AM »

The best part of the DS games so far is the packaging (as I rip open my copy of Mr.Driller)
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« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2004, 03:19:06 AM »

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This thing just has so much potential - here's hoping the initial sales bump is enough to convince developers/publishers who are on the fence to start making games for the thing.


I couldn't agree more.  I think the dual screens are the first REAL innovation in a console in a while.  I can't wait to see what they do with it.
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« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2004, 04:41:21 AM »

Since the DS is backwards compatible with GBA games, how do they play?  How do they look?  How do they feel?

I was thinking of getting a GBA SP to replace my GBA, but if games work well on the DS, I might as well get that.
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« Reply #50 on: December 02, 2004, 04:45:57 AM »

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Since the DS is backwards compatible with GBA games, how do they play?  How do they look?  How do they feel?

I was thinking of getting a GBA SP to replace my GBA, but if games work well on the DS, I might as well get that.


Based on the unit I messed with it looks fine on the backlit LCD. In terms of gameplay I can't comment as I didn't actually play the GBA game as I chose to play a DS game instead Tongue
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« Reply #51 on: December 02, 2004, 05:09:33 AM »

Here is the list of Japanese release titles from launch day onward. Hopefully localization will not take that long or if you just want the game now you can order them as well since they will work on the US PSP and don't mind paying $25 - $50 per title plus S&H.

Most of these games probably won't be localized for the US but so far the possibility of only a handful of titles available during launch looks to be quite probable.
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« Reply #52 on: December 02, 2004, 05:54:18 AM »

Just a note if you are planning on using it instead of a GBA: no playing multiplayer from GBA games with it, or connecting to your gamecube. Just a warning in case you use it often for these functions it will not do them.
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« Reply #53 on: December 02, 2004, 04:11:07 PM »

One other warning: I believe the DS will NOT play GBC or GB games, only GBA games....
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« Reply #54 on: December 02, 2004, 05:01:06 PM »

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One other warning: I believe the DS will NOT play GBC or GB games, only GBA games....


This is true. I just ried it on a system to find out and yes, only GBA games and DS games.
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« Reply #55 on: December 02, 2004, 07:24:57 PM »

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I don't think the PSP launch will be all that better.
Mark my words:  the PSP will sell out across the country.


If they only ship a couple hundred thousand units is that an accomplishment?


I think the PS fanboi got pwned.  Nice one, Kevin.
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« Reply #56 on: December 02, 2004, 07:54:45 PM »

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I think the PS fanboi got pwned. Nice one, Kevin.


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Seriously- its a relevant point.  As AgtFox pointed out in the PS2 thread, shortages (artificial or otherwise) are a great way to create an a false sense of demand.  If Nintendo shipped 600k initially and sold 500k within a week and the PSP ships 300k initially and sells out, how do you evaluate which had the better launch?  

The DS is supposed to have something like 1 million preorders in Japan.  Sony is only shipping  300k PSPs initially with another 200k to follow by the end of the year (Japan again).  How can you possibly compare the two launches?  How about the fact that Sony is losing money on every PSP sold while Nintendo likely isn't losing money on the DS?  

This all points to why these console wars (and now portable wars) are so ridiculous.  Nintendo just posted a profit of something like $750 million yet people are convinced they are in dire financial straights.  MS has lost billions on the Xbox but they are perceived as doing great.  Meanwhile, the king of the hill, Sony, is having financial difficulties overall as a company and is relying more and more on the games division to prop them up.  

It makes me happy that I own all of the consoles (and soon all of the portables) so I never have to worry about this silliness.
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« Reply #57 on: December 02, 2004, 08:36:06 PM »

I agree with everything you said.  Which is why I, too, am happy with all 3 consoles.  I stay out of handhelds simply because I don't have time!

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« Reply #58 on: December 02, 2004, 11:20:43 PM »

Give me Goldeneye DS already!!!1!!!!1112!

I'm all over the DS as soon as that one killer app shows its golden little head.
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« Reply #59 on: January 16, 2005, 09:46:32 PM »

I decided I was going to trade in my SP and get this, but EB would only offer me $25 for the SP, so I kept it and will give it to my nephew for his Birthday this month instead.

I did walk out with the DS, but it was a very strange buying experience.  First off, I couldn't find anyone online that had them in stock (EB, Gamestop, Best Buy, Walmart).  But when I walked into the first EB I tried, the girl behind the counter said she had 'plenty in stock'.  Great.

I picked out SuperMario 64 DS because of the great reviews.  I wanted to get FF 1&2, but they were sold out.

As she's swiping my credit card through, she tells me how much better the PSP is going to be, and how she bought a DS, but already sold it because she's buying a PSP.  I nod politely, but I'm thinking:  Why the heck is she saying something like that when I just bought a DS?  I mean..I'm excited an all about my new purchase and games, and she's trying to rain on my parade.  Weird.  Very Weird.

There happen to be 3 EB's in this mall, so I figure I'll try the others to see if any have FF 1&2 in stock.  The 2nd was also sold out, but the 3rd had it in.  I ask for it, and also Urban Asphault GT, since I love car racing type games, and now this guy starts going on and on about how great the PSP is going to be and how it's going to rule over the DS, and what a mistake I made to buy one.  I still don't get it.  I'm dropping cash in their store on Nintendo products.  I clearly already picked out my handheld for the near future.  Why pimp a product that's not even available, when you can be pretty sure I'm not going to buy 2 separate handhelds?

As I walked out, I'm really thinking that Sony must be paying EB something to promote their PSP in this way, as I can't really think that the employees in 2 different stores would be doing this spontaneously.

As for the games, I only popped in SM64 for a few minutes, and spent that time on the minigames, which were pretty neat.  The Metroid Demo looked cool, but I can't see myself buying the retail game.  It's really not my speed (I bought Metroid Prime for GCN when it came out, and never got into that..I ended up trading it back in once the dust got thick enough).

Urban Asphault GT is exactly my type of game.  I don't think its for everyone, but I'm having a great time.  It plays sort of like a game from the Project Gotham Series crossed with one from the Burnout series.  The tracks are varied, from racing speedways to city courses to rural ones, you can powerslide through the corners in a way that is remarkably similar to how PGR was, but there's also the element of opposing traffic and close-calls that was present in Burnout.  I'm not saying the game will have the staying power of those 2 series, and certainly it doesn't have the online play that those did, but so far, it's surpassing my meager expectations.

All-in-all, I'm quite pleased with the DS.  I think for now, I'm going to leave Urban Asphault in and play that until my hands get tired (or battery runs low).  The other ones can wait.

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« Reply #60 on: January 16, 2005, 11:14:04 PM »

I'm thinking that they told you what they did because their managers are leaning on them to get preorders on the PSP because the corporate end is leaning on managers to get preorders because Sony is telling us the PSP is going to be in very short supply, and allocated based on preorders.  

Personally, I'd never tell my employees to use tactics like that to get a preorder.  There is always the chance that both employees are just extremely hyped about the PSP (don't ask me why), and are honestly telling you their opinion.  Of course, if they worked for me and I heard them doing that, you'd better believe that they'd get told not to in that situation.  biggrin
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« Reply #61 on: January 17, 2005, 03:07:12 AM »

Yoshi's Touch & Go and Wario Ware Touched! look cool as hell. I just wish developers were better taking advantage of the DS's unique abilities, straining their brains to provide us with wonderfully novel gaming experiences.
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« Reply #62 on: February 26, 2014, 01:05:15 PM »

Fired up my DS for the first time in a long while and I'm pretty  much convinced that this is the greatest gaming form factor of all time. I am not sure how, but the battery was still holding a charge and the thing fired up immediately. (My PSP is dead as Fred and I can't find the power cord...can't charge USB without it having some life in it. Thing never held a charge long...)

I've been playing through Panzer Tactics and the screens are still still bright and clear and I'm very much enjoying this reunion.

I have so many games that I never finished (though I got close to the end on all of them): Panzer Tactics, The Zelda game that I can't remember the name of, Fire Emblem (GBA), Advance Wars II, etc...

Remains to be seen if I can fit back into the portable gaming demo again. Wish it had bluetooth slywink
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« Reply #63 on: February 26, 2014, 07:17:52 PM »

Quote from: ATB on February 26, 2014, 01:05:15 PM

Fired up my DS for the first time in a long while and I'm pretty  much convinced that this is the greatest gaming form factor of all time. I am not sure how, but the battery was still holding a charge and the thing fired up immediately. (My PSP is dead as Fred and I can't find the power cord...can't charge USB without it having some life in it. Thing never held a charge long...)

I've been playing through Panzer Tactics and the screens are still still bright and clear and I'm very much enjoying this reunion.

I have so many games that I never finished (though I got close to the end on all of them): Panzer Tactics, The Zelda game that I can't remember the name of, Fire Emblem (GBA), Advance Wars II, etc...

Remains to be seen if I can fit back into the portable gaming demo again. Wish it had bluetooth slywink

Wow. Nice job saving a dead thread. Started 10 years ago icon_eek!
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« Reply #64 on: February 26, 2014, 09:44:59 PM »

I have had a similar experience with my DS Lite lately. I got my wife the 3DS animal crossing game for her birthday a month ago, and have never seen my 3DS since. For a while I was playing some stuff on the DS Lite. Like yours, it hadn't been on for years and yet still had a charge. I am also struck by how much lighter and more comfortable it is in comparison to the 3DS XL. On the downside, the screen is TINY! It is without a doubt a great little machine.
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« Reply #65 on: February 27, 2014, 09:13:28 AM »

Unfortunately i have just seen this on Kotaku

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« Reply #66 on: February 27, 2014, 01:41:17 PM »

DS I get. Wii seems premature.
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« Reply #67 on: February 27, 2014, 02:05:46 PM »

Yeah, I was a little shocked by this news, too.  Maybe they're thinking it will force people to switch to Wii U?  Seems more likely to anger people to the point of not wanting to give Nintendo any money.
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