I finally did it. When the DS was originally release I was intrigued by the possibilites of a handheld system that used an original control mechanism, but I decided to wait to see how it fared in the long run. It was clear after some time that Nintendo had a major, major hit on their hands. Most of the critics were silenced when it became clear that the DS was the next big thing in handheld gaming - and I, now, had every reason in the world to buy one. But then the rumours of an upgrade started to circulate: Lighter, thinner, better looking. All those things and more made me wait. It seemed like ages before the DS Lite was finally unveiled to the world and I knew I hade to eventually have one - but due to the usual state of things I didn't have the financial means to actually buy one, so I had to wait some more. About 6 or so months ago I started to look into the whole ROM and Homebrew scene again, something I had been quite into back in my GBA days. Everywhere I looked it seemed that while both scenes was flourishing the devices that actually let you enjoy a quite pirates life were either too complicated (flashmes, passmes and what evere else) and to expensive relative to the hassle of getting it to work with most games and homebrew. Again there were rumours of a new type of flashcard that would ease the experience of transfering games and possibly even homebrew - so true to what I'd been doing for the last 2 years I waited some more. Then, finally, the slot-1 cards arrived on the scene. I thought to myself that I now I really had no reason to hold off from buying both a DS Lite and a flash-card, so I began looking around, scouring the web for information about different cards. Much to my dismay I saw that the two best candidates, the R4 and M3 Simply, didn't support much of the homebrew that was released. For a short time I thought I was back at square one again, that I had to wait even more before I could get back into some serious gaming. Then, all of a sudden, I saw that most homebrew applications were begining to get patched so they could be used on both the R4 and M3 Simply. That's when I took the plunge: Last week I ordered my R4DS, today I bought my very first DS Lite. Do I need to tell you how I feel? It's like I've gone back 17 years in time when I first started with pc/video-gaming - and man does that ever feel good. Feeling like a kid again sure is worth every penny of the $340 I spent.