Okay then this is my Experience with DS gaming pretty much, i recommend this read to anyone who wants to decide whether to get a DS or not. Okay first of all the Nintendo DS is a very good system but get the wrong titles for it and you will be very dissapointed and feel ripped off. i have played on an Original DS and i have a DS lite which i've had since 2006 it's an excellent system the DS lite is more stylish and has improved backlight the DS phat is more functional in ergonomic standards. What items you should get for a DS lite is a cleaning cloth and a carrying pouch nothing fancy just a basic zipper case The graphics on the DS are like the N64 but unfortunately allot of games just use 2D or don't make use of the 3D very much and use minimal graphics with horrid choppy edges and pixelated textures, the DS has some games that make full use of it. but even the 2D ones can look really nice. Recommended games for DS once you get one. Sonic Rush and Adventure Mario Kart DS (must have) New Super Mario Bros Wario Ware Touched Meteos These five games should make you feel like the DS is worthwhile and are unlikely to dissapoint you, beware shovelware.... the DS appeals most to people that have an appreciation for retro feels of games, and games that are more focused on gameplay mechanics, and classic stuff the DS absolutely rocks for platformers as NSMB and SR prove. It would be a good idea to buy yourself a DS flashcartridge (Acekard 2 if you just want the basics that work or a SupercardDSone if you want a more customiseable experience) Use a flashcart to download games, games you really enjoy you should buy and the Flashcart can be helpful as most DS games are allways at top price and usually never drop (yeah thanks allot Nintendo we love you too ,,!,,) So dont feel bad, only pay for the games that give you bang for your 40 or so dollars. Fuck crappy licensed games or watered down ports you should never have to pay for them. the battery in the DS lite lasts a good long time and is a helpful thing you rarely have to charge a DS lite when it has a new battery over time it will wear out and you might need a new one but even then you still get allot of mileage for the juice it can still store. the DS lite because its shiny can have smudge problems especially on the black one and dark colors where fingerprints easily show especially when light reflects off the surface and oily finger prints are on there and unless your cleaning it every 5 minutes it will allways be smudgy, the only problem with cleaning the DS is the touch screen has this stupid ridge around the edges which traps oil and dead skin cells essentially all your hand grime and is a pain to remove, unless done with a toothpick tip. whereas the top screen is easily wiped clean. the DS is a tough handheld in both versions, the only weakpoints being the hinges so take care of them. The DS shines in Wifi play with other people in the room there are few things that are the same king of fun as playing Mario kart DS with other people in the same room. the WFC experience however is rather dissapointing with friend codes being a real hinderance, and to add a friend you must both be online at the same time and add eachother at the same time, (only sure way is to do it over MSN or IRL which is obviously what Nintendo wants, only your real life friends being able to add you which is stupid) Overall its a good thing, the design is excellent its a nice build and has some good games if you know where to look for them. I recommend it to almost anyone, but if you want a media player that plays games, go get the PSP and the PSP has better homebrew for things like Emulation, its a little tricky and you need to buy an older stock to have best chances of homebrew being enabled, but still worthwhile if thats your thing. Thank you.