DS lite or DSi ? just for games

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  1. kofman13
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    Right now I have the choice of getting a DS lite for $65 or DSi for $94.

    is the screen that much better? i wil never use the media player or the camera. so , if its just for gameplay.. is the screen worth extra $30 for me?
     


  2. Jakob95

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    I love the DSi screen size compared to the DS lite. There is a difference. But the DSi in terms of features sucks like crazy, and I never find my self using any of its features.
     
  3. Another World

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    you really should jump up 1 step and grab the XL. after using the XL i haven't used my lite since. you have to understand that my lite has beta tested thousands of files and putting it down wasn't easy at first. the XL's larger screen is such a treat and once you use it for a bit you'll be glad you own one. dsi-ware is also a bonus with the dsi. there are some great titles you can pick up for around $5-8. if you are into homebrew then the dsi-mode has some things to offer, but sadly you would have to buy the expensive (and forgotten) ievo, unless you found a dsi xl used with the dsiwareexploit installed.

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  4. regnad

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    Well, you have to decide:

    A) slot-2 and the entire GBA library, cheaper price, and a crappy hinge that may break after 2 or 3 years

    B) two crappy cameras, the occasional freebie from Nintendo that is either something you'd be able to play with the slot-2 or emulate, the occasional system update that will force you to update your NDS card
     
  5. kofman13
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    xl is just too big for me, im a light traveller.
    hmm maybe ill spend extra $30 for a DSi its onlt .25 inch bigger though.. does it really make playing easier on the eyes?....... but then also the flash carts are more expensive i think.

    i was also thinking of getting a 3ds for ds games while waiting for a cart that plays 3ds which might never even happen, and then id need to buy a new cart anyway... so probably wont do that lol.
     
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    you make a good point.... i would only be getting a dsi for the better screen if it IS really better
     
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    DSi over DSlite any day! The only reason to get a DSlite over a DSi is bcuz u're constantly playing GBA games or can't afford the extra cash. Even when I still had a lite I almost never used the GBA slot. of course the DSiXL is still the best version out there. I actually miss it after trading it in for my 3DS.

    This is why you should get the DSi
    - thinnest DS on the market.
    - mat finish. no finger prints and gloss finishes seem to scratch easier (sumthin to consider when buying used)
    - DSiWare! there are a few gems and nintendo does every so often give us free games (Zelda 4 Swords, Photo Dojo, WarioWare Snapped)
    - ReSell value. honestly if sumone was selling me a DSi for $95. I'd buy, then resell it for $120 on ebay. most r going for $130+
     
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    cool!
    but what about the SCREEN?
     
  9. AceWarhead

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    If you are just going for games, DS Lite is your choice. It can take abuse, long battery life ( 5-10 hrs on mine) AND its cheap. Most flashcards work on it too. But its a little crappy, like the buttons feel mushy and the D-Pad is not the best.
     
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    i am now in a position i was in when i was upgrading from my iphone original to iphone 3g. i was on t mobile so i would still have 2g, but in the long run the small things like better screen refresh rate and nicer build and buttons made a huge difference for me.
    so i might go for the DSi for better buttons, little better screen and matte finish.

    now im curious as i am a student whos always strapped for cash.. what are the average price ranges for DSL/DSi carts? i know the cheapest i can get on the DSL is the r4 for $5.. what about dsi? EDIT: does the DSi load games faster because of better processor and ram? also i heard speakers are better than DSlite is this true?
     
  11. chaosdarkneo

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    Try the R4i Gold 3DS (it's called that, but works on the DSi, I believe) or Acekard 2i.

    Acekard is the general better of the two, but if you go for the R4i Gold, BE CAREFUL. THERE ARE MANY SUCKY, FAKE CLONES. MAKE SURE THE ONE YOU ARE GETTING IS FROM R4IDSN.CN
     
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    whats better about the acekard than r4?
     
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    They both have unofficial firmwares (acekard has AKAIO and r4i Gold has wood support). Those unofficial firmwares are made of the same source code, so the GUI looks the same and the skin formatting is totally the same. Some functions vary from one another though; most prominent, AKAIO has a 'clean mode' where it patches games that normally wouldn't work due to Anti-Piracy patches (the clean mode doesn't have 100% compatibility though, wait for an update if new games don't work). Game compatibility/support for both are one of the greatest.

    Both carts are frequently updated/supported and the team releases boot-strap updaters fairly quickly when a 3DS/DSi update blocks the flashcart.
     
  14. kofman13
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    ill most likely get acekard 2i... i read at the store i was looking at that supercard DSTwo is the best... do i really need those extra features?
     
  15. rockstar99

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    Dsi.Lite is shit, you get better screens, updates, dsiware on a DSi.Buttons and screens are shit on the lite.
     
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    Shouldn't you be asking that to yourself? [​IMG]

    Anyways, If you don't need GBA emulation, extra power, media player, Real Time Save/Guide, whatsoever, you shouldn't need a SCDS2. Also it has a beautiful GUI. It's firmware is also based off of the AKAIO/wood one, but it's much more feature rich. Not a must, though; I also like AKAIO/wood's simple yet beautiful GUI.
     
  17. kofman13
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    DSi it is... now to choose a card
     
  18. AceWarhead

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    And the card is..... R4i Gold 3DS! or Acekard 2i.
     
  19. kofman13
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    im scared the month after i get a ds, there will be a real 3ds rom playing cart.. lol probably not though

    EDIT: i am leaning towards acekard 2i..but im looking at r4i website and they update every 2 weeks... cant find how often acekard2i updates..
     
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    They're basically pretty close at the pace they update. Both teams do well on updating. They only update when necessary (like when ninty releases an update for dsi/3ds). As to game compatibility YellowWoodGoblin updates wood (for r4i gold) and Normatt updates AKAIO (ak2i firmware) around once a month.

    As to your inquiry about a 3ds rom playing cart, it's not going to happen soon. Probably in 1-2 years or more. There's really not many games worth pirating on the 3ds anyways.