The results are in, the DS has won. Are you not entertained?
I got my launch DS for xmas '04 with Super Mario 64 DS (A decent port that didn't hold up well on the DS' digital controls) and Yoshi's Touch & Go (a shallow tech demo of what the DS can do).
I was a little unimpressed after I'd spent some time with those games. I didn't think that anyone would ever use the Pictochat function (I never did), and I was very put out by the bulk of the thing.
Before long the Nintendo DS began to grow on me.
I used my Supercard CF in conjunction with, first a PassMe (yes, I still have it), then a SuperPass, then a SuperPass 2 to play DS ROMs on my DS. I have to say, with the CF card sticking out the bottom, and the PassMe device with a cartridge sticking out the top, that was the worst looking setup to have on the bus to school.
Before long the cards began to improve, and I bought a DS-X for it's internal storage, and then a CycloDS for it's expandable storage. Since then I've settled in with an AceKard2i and a Supercard DS Two.
This whole time I was expanding my DS collection, buying game after game, until I ended up with the 100+ titles in my collection today. I also managed to pick up every iteration of the handheld as they were released, and mostly use my DSi XL and 3DS to play my DS games these days.
Some of my favourite games in my collection are:
-Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure
-Chrono Trigger DS
-Super Mario 64 DS (much better with the 3DS' analogue stick. It's a fantastic game)
-Pokemon games (main series)
-100 Classic Books, English and French versions (I know it's silly, but before I got a Kobo, this was great)
-Advance Wars DS
-Castlevania Dawn of Souls and Portrait of Ruin
-Mario & Luigi sequels
-Kirby's Canvas Curse and Mass Attack
-Professor Layton series
-Retro Game Challenge
-WarioWare Touched! and D.I.Y.
-Yoshi's Island DS
-New Super Mario Bros.
-Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks
-GTA: Chinatown Wars
-Final Fantasy - 4 Heroes of Light
-Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
-KORG DS-10+ and M01 (synth programs)
I could go on.
The DS is a worthy selection as best video game system ever (as voted by GBATemp). Please share some memories of the system with us.
Thanks once again to everyone who made this whole thing possible by voting and commenting. I had a lot of fun doing this, and maybe it'll come back in a few years once we've gotten used to the newest generation and we have a WiiU, Xbox3, and PSOrbis to the mix.