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Should I get a DS?
« on: January 07, 2006, 08:45:24 am »
I'm wondering if I should get a DS. Animal Crossing is a big selling point for me, and I want 2 other great games before I consider a purchase. If anyone knows any fun simulation/ FPS (I know, they're completely different genres, but I like them both) games that have come out or will come out for the DS, please post them here.

Also, does anyone foresee a price drop in the near future?



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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2006, 08:48:12 am »
Yes, you should get a DS. I have had it for a year but am just now using it alot. Here are the games I have:

Animal Crossing
Mario Kart
Sims: The Urbz
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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2006, 09:00:25 am »
The main thing that's holding me back is the fact that I bought a GBA and played it about 5 times then returned it a year later. LadyM, when you had a GBA, how often did you play?

Also, how much did it start out costing and how much does it cost now? And how much will it cost in a month?

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2006, 10:20:24 am »
My GBA use might be unusual. I originally bought a GBA so I could hook up to the GC in Animal Crossing and in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. By having a GBA you could visit an Island in AC and it brought a new dimension to the game. I also got an e-reader which added even a third element to the game and is used with the GBA. I upgraded to an SP because it was easier to see the screen.

In FF:CC it enables you to play with three other people. I upgraded to the GBA because it was easier to see. I had a few GBA games like Sims but I then found Harvet Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and I played daily. You could also hook up to the Harvest Moon Wonderful Life game.

So now the SP sits unused because I now have the DS which I bought in anticipation of Animal Crossing.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2006, 10:41:05 am »
Anyone else have an opinion? I put an eBay bid in up to 90 bucks, I'm not sure if I'll win.

So now that that's done, what do people say about games?

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2006, 10:56:34 am »
They cost $120 now, but you can get it with Mario Kart for $150 or Nintendogs.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2006, 11:16:52 am »
I am very glad to have bought the DS.

Great games like the ones LadyM mentioned, and the backwards compatibility.
I was really looking forward to the PSP before it came out, but as far as I can see, it is only really good if you want to watch movies with just one or two must have games.

And even though no-one has said anything, I'm gonna bet there are some great Revolution/DS compatibilty functions waiting for us.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2006, 11:45:06 am »
I'm wondering if I should get a DS. Animal Crossing is a big selling point for me, and I want 2 other great games before I consider a purchase. If anyone knows any fun simulation/ FPS (I know, they're completely different genres, but I like them both) games that have come out or will come out for the DS, please post them here.

Also, does anyone foresee a price drop in the near future?

When I bought my GBA, I bought 2 games with it, played them for a month or two, then I didn't touch my GBA for 3 years! I still havent played it since. However, with the DS, I play it just as much as I do my PS2. The cool thing about the DS is that because it's so different and has such unique games, you don't have to play it in a car or on an airplane to have fun. Most of the times I've played my DS, I've played it at home. I practically consider it like another console rather than a "portable".

Also, a great FPS to look for in the near future is Metroid Prime: Hunters. It comes out on March 20th, and the really cool part about it is that you'll be able to connect to the internet and play with other people around the world.

Go to this link and click on the video that says Metroid Prime: Hunters Official Movie 3 You'll see how awesome this game is:

http://www.gamespot.com/ds/action/dsmetroidprimehunters/media.html?mode=all


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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2006, 03:45:31 pm »
I really love my DS, but I have to admit that I still mostly play GBA games on it (Gotta catch 'em all, you know).  Phoenix Wright Wright was an awesome DS-only game I loved, but I heard somewhere it is actually a combination and port of several GBA games that never made it to the U.S. 

Oddly, while I didn't use the GBA all that much, I now play GBA games all the time on my DS.

Everyone I talk to who picked up a DS seems to absolutely love it.  Especially now that Animal Crossing and Mario Kart are out.

I guess it boils down to the kind of games you want to play.  If you're all about racing sims, sports, and first person shooters(aside from Metroid if it counts) then it probably isn't the system for you.  If you're like me and you love silly fun, the DS is perfect.
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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2006, 04:28:20 pm »
I really love my DS, but I have to admit that I still mostly play GBA games on it (Gotta catch 'em all, you know). Phoenix Wright Wright was an awesome DS-only game I loved, but I heard somewhere it is actually a combination and port of several GBA games that never made it to the U.S.

Oddly, while I didn't use the GBA all that much, I now play GBA games all the time on my DS.

Everyone I talk to who picked up a DS seems to absolutely love it. Especially now that Animal Crossing and Mario Kart are out.

I guess it boils down to the kind of games you want to play. If you're all about racing sims, sports, and first person shooters(aside from Metroid if it counts) then it probably isn't the system for you. If you're like me and you love silly fun, the DS is perfect.

Same here. I only got an original GBA (Didnt get an SP) and now that I have a DS, Im finding myself picking up all of the great GBA games Ive missed over the last few years.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2006, 04:29:46 pm »
I'm wondering if I should get a DS. Animal Crossing is a big selling point for me, and I want 2 other great games before I consider a purchase. If anyone knows any fun simulation/ FPS (I know, they're completely different genres, but I like them both) games that have come out or will come out for the DS, please post them here.

Also, does anyone foresee a price drop in the near future?

When I bought my GBA, I bought 2 games with it, played them for a month or two, then I didn't touch my GBA for 3 years! I still havent played it since. However, with the DS, I play it just as much as I do my PS2. The cool thing about the DS is that because it's so different and has such unique games, you don't have to play it in a car or on an airplane to have fun. Most of the times I've played my DS, I've played it at home. I practically consider it like another console rather than a "portable".

Also, a great FPS to look for in the near future is Metroid Prime: Hunters. It comes out on March 20th, and the really cool part about it is that you'll be able to connect to the internet and play with other people around the world.

Go to this link and click on the video that says Metroid Prime: Hunters Official Movie 3 You'll see how awesome this game is:

http://www.gamespot.com/ds/action/dsmetroidprimehunters/media.html?mode=all



My God! Those graphics are amzing for a DS! Must buy Hunters, must buy Hunters...
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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2006, 11:16:23 pm »
My pockets are looking a little empty right now but I have to get mario and Luigi super saga for GBA I have an sp but chances are I'll only use it while the DS is in the charger. I have animal crossing and Mario Kart for DS love them to death what I really like is in the DS case the games them selves come in aside from having part where the game actully sits theres also a bit where GBA games fit so instead of having all my GBA games laying all over my room the they sit in the DS games case.

My friend said he when he got Mario Kart that he thought the online part would be a gimik he would play once or twice but he got addicted to it and loves it. Get your DS get it online and go nuts.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2006, 06:42:42 pm »
An online RPG for the DS?

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2006, 07:45:29 pm »
There are tons of great games for the DS. Off of the top of my head I can think of: Kirby: Canvas Curse, Mario Kart DS, Animal Crossing, Meteos, Metroid Prime Pinball, Advance Wars DS, Castlevania DoS, Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time, Phoenix Wright, Trauma Center, and more. Looking at the current library and upcoming games there are games for just about everybody coming out for the DS...

Oh, and remember that the DS does play GBA games, meaning you can play all of the dozens of great GBA games on it as well.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2006, 06:28:06 pm »
My GBA use might be unusual. I originally bought a GBA so I could hook up to the GC in Animal Crossing...

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2006, 07:33:14 pm »
It's funny, I originally bought my GBA (The original GBA) for $70 a few years ago, and now you can get a used one for $20-$30!

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2006, 07:37:35 pm »
Or you can get a DS that plays GBA games and DS games... I don't understand why so many people still refuse to get a DS though and get a GBA...

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2006, 07:50:42 pm »
Or you can get a DS that plays GBA games and DS games... I don't understand why so many people still refuse to get a DS though and get a GBA...

Or the people on the Gamespot forums that always ask whether they shuld get a GBA or a DS. It's really a no brainer. You might as well just put down the extra $50 and get a DS (or $65 for the DS Lite, but whatever).

Is anyone here who already has a DS getting the DS Lite?

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2006, 06:03:10 am »
Yes, I am.

I justify it by telling myself that having two of them at hand means I can play multiplayer with anyone who visits me.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2006, 01:16:36 am »
I bought a DS shortly after it came out, played Mario64 and the Metroid demo on it for a couple of months, then put it to the side due to lack of must have games, and went back to my SP ( Mario & Luigi SS, Mario vs DK, FF Tactics ).  I could/should have played them on the DS, but the SP fits in my pocket better :)

Since getting Mario Kart, I've even started to neglect my WoW account.  I've just M&L Partners In Time, to tide me over until Animal Crossing ( I live in the UK, and didn't want to import ).

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2006, 05:46:30 am »
Hmm, as a GBA owner I've also been thinking about getting a DS for a while now. One big plus that I didn't know about till this post was that GBA/SP games will work in a DS (I'm still playing Mario/Lugi SSS and Advance Wars 2). I'm still kinda holding out for the DS Lite as I would like a smaller portable and I'd like to see what the lite version looks like first.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2006, 11:01:09 pm »
I've been semi-unconsciously trying to break my DS touch screen while playing Ouendan so that I have an actual reason to have to buy a DS Lite once it comes out...

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« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2006, 01:47:12 am »
As if you needed another reason to invest in a DS.

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« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2006, 07:14:23 am »
The DS is more than definatly worth getting, probably the best gaming system available.  Although the touch screen is used for nothing more than a gimmick in most games, it can be a really good feature, and is pretty fun to use, at least at first.  I spent hours in Mario 64 just drawing and playing the mini-games, but once the novelty wears off, you still have the really great games to play.  Animal Crossing, Peach, etc.  The new Super Mario brothers is out May, first classic Mario game in 15 years.

And of course there's the Pokemon games, I know most people will just dismiss them as a kiddy franchise that Nintendo won't stop milking.  And for the most part, that would be right, but the actuall main series of RPG's are really good.  And I challenge anyone to find a more in-depth RPG.  You build up a team of 6, from a choice of hundreds, have to strategicaly train them, give them the right moves, etc.

But I'd recommend waiting for the DS lite.  If the DS has any problems it's that it's slightly too bulky and can hurt to keep holding for more than half an hour, it doesn't make for a very good portable system.  But the Lite is much smaller, more compact, lighter and has a MUCH brighter screen.  It would definatly be worth waiting for one of them.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2006, 11:03:12 am »
No don't get DS, seriously. Wait a bit till they get cheap like I'm doing. Then buy it. It's idiocy to buy somthing you know is going to be cheaper in sometime and then cheaper again.

And then get all the popular games you can find.

Did the same for the N64, GameCube, SNES and NES, works magnificently. You need to check the prices and availability frequently though. But I more like to waste my time then my money.


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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2006, 05:28:58 pm »

Did the same for the N64, GameCube, SNES and NES, works magnificently. You need to check the prices and availability frequently though. But I more like to waste my time then my money.

But isn't time == money? And therefore you're net balance will end up being something close to zero anyway?  ;D
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« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2006, 06:37:48 pm »

Did the same for the N64, GameCube, SNES and NES, works magnificently. You need to check the prices and availability frequently though. But I more like to waste my time then my money.

But isn't time == money? And therefore you're net balance will end up being something close to zero anyway? ;D

No because money is something you have to put time in, so actually it is time spent at itself, even before you did. So I think money>time. Because it is a step further.


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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2006, 07:57:41 pm »
I don't agree with that. If you wait too long, it will be obsolete and there will be an even higher price for the new replacement. And, at some point, the price stops going down.

I got it for 120 bucks, and I got 2 games on eBay for 50 bucks. It seemed like a good deal to me, so I took it and I haven't regretted it yet.

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« Reply #28 on: March 10, 2006, 08:09:39 pm »
When I get new systems I ussually wait for at least the 1st price drop before I go out and spend my money The DS for example I waitied until there were a better selection of games to come out with it as a result it didn't cost me as much and I have plenty of titles to choose from. There is no need to wait until the end of a systems life cycle to get something.

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« Reply #29 on: March 10, 2006, 11:29:38 pm »
I don't agree with that. If you wait too long, it will be obsolete and there will be an even higher price for the new replacement. And, at some point, the price stops going down.

I got it for 120 bucks, and I got 2 games on eBay for 50 bucks. It seemed like a good deal to me, so I took it and I haven't regretted it yet.

That's why I said you should check frequently. And that there will be a new system is nonsense. That new system has either nothing really new which is worth the extra money(for me) or has completely new games and all so you can't compare.


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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2006, 01:27:46 am »
I guess you have to measure a potential price drop against the amount of time you will have to wait for it.
I bought my DS in November and quite frankly, the sheer amount of fun I have had playing it is worth the extras few dollars I paid for it.
Besides which, if you buy it as part of a bundle (I bought mine complete with Nintendogs), it comes that bit cheaper anyways.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2006, 01:40:18 pm »
The DS is now just begining to get good. you should get it if your into the kinda games the DS seems to be making. Heck, Im even going to get the new pokemon games that are coming out on the DS later....
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« Reply #32 on: March 12, 2006, 01:50:47 pm »
I may buy a DS in 2007, when the price has dropped and there will be more games for it.

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« Reply #33 on: March 12, 2006, 01:52:48 pm »
I will admit that I did regret getting the DS when it first came out. There were not any good games for it until recently
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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #34 on: May 17, 2006, 10:21:46 pm »
I may buy a DS in 2007, when the price has dropped and there will be more games for it.

Ressurected.

More games for it? Are you kidding? I own 10 games that I will easily reccomend to you. I say go for it! Pre-order a DS Lite and some games. I did; you will not regret it.

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« Reply #35 on: May 18, 2006, 12:31:31 am »
I second that motion.

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #36 on: May 18, 2006, 05:41:48 am »
Yes, I agree.. you must own a DS because Spore is coming out for it if nothing else. Get one now!!

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Re: Should I get a DS?
« Reply #37 on: May 18, 2006, 06:57:44 am »
The DS is my favorite gaming platform currently. I think it's amazing and has so much great software that it's difficult to keep up with it all. And if you're looking for FPS, then get MPH; if you want simulation, you might consider Advance Wars Dual Strike -- it's awesome.

One issue I have with the whole, "Wait till it gets cheaper before buying" thing is this ... some games that are well worth owning do not catch on with a mainstream audience and over time become next to impossible to find. Phoenix Wright used to be insanely hard to locate before they issued a re-release of it, which we were fortunate to get. I get the idea of waiting, don't get me wrong; I'm no a total moron. Just saying that you're weighing risk versus reward in that scenario and you need to determine which is more important to you -- saving a little money while simultaneously risking the chance of having trouble locating some of the lesser-known gems, or buying it now and paying more for access to everything immediately? I tend to come out on the latter side of the argument.

But then, I'm an addict.

And yes, I'm buying a DS Lite the day it comes out. Not having one if you love your DS gaming is insane, IMO; you can trade them in towards the purchase of a Lite, so I don't see the big expenditure.