lighter - brighter - slimmer
Fri, 5 May 2006
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Nintendo DS. I love it. Soon, I might just love it even more. This new updated and remodelled version, called DS Lite, looks pretty funky to me. It is much more streamlined, far less heavy and features sharper picture quality from those lovely improved screens. The price is pretty good too (relatively, that is). Mind you, if the big N happen to feel like sending me one - to give some coverage here at Buttonhole - I'd certainly not refuse such an offer. Hey, stranger things have been know to happen!
Anyway, the DS, after a rather lacklustre beginning, with mostly less than stellar launch titles (though Super Mario 64 DS was enough to keep me happy), is really kicking arse these days. It has been selling extremely well and has been home to some fantastic (and unique) games of late. There are plenty more corkers on the way too. I think most you Buttonholers would know by now that one game in particular old Sammy can't wait for is New Super Mario Bros. Hell, I'd buy a DS just so I could play that game! Maybe I'll use that an as excuse to justifying purchasing a DS Lite, even though I can't really afford to.
Below is the Press Release info about DS Lite, from Nintendo themselves. As usual, for more Ninty-related pics, info etc., head on over to www.nintendo.com.au. I've put the following words in italics, just make sure nobody mistakes them for my own (which does happen, at times, with these Press Release thingys!). Dig in:
Australia, Melbourne, May 5th 2006 - Nintendo Australia is pleased to announce the new member of the Nintendo DS™ range, the upgraded Nintendo DS™ Lite, will be available in Australia on June 1st, at SRP$199.95.
Nintendo DS Lite, launching in Polar White, features brighter screens, is approximately two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and about 20 percent lighter. It also features a larger stylus and repositioned button layout, all the while maintaining all of the original Nintendo DS features, as well as screen size.
|Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together... |
"We love the Nintendo DS and the new experiences it has brought to gaming," says Rose Lappin, Director of Sales and Marketing. "The super stylish Nintendo DS Lite adds a touch of class to the unit and the brighter screen is remarkably vibrant. Expect some fantastic software products in the coming months to take advantage of this."
In Australia, Nintendo DS continues to sell through at a higher rate than all other handheld systems, and remains the best selling handheld console, since its release just over a year ago.
The Nintendo DS Lite has experienced phenomenal success in Japan. Since its launch earlier this year, Nintendo have struggled to keep up with incredibly high consumer demand.
With a series of exciting and innovative software releases, Nintendo Australia aims to continue this trend:
• The highly anticipated Metroid® Prime Hunters is scheduled for release May 25th. Blast your way through six ferocious bounty hunters in adventure mode, take on up to four friends wirelessly or battle online using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection.
• Twenty years after Nintendo's biggest franchise was born, the Mario Bros.® return in a dazzling, all-new platformer sure to set players' fingers twitching. New SUPER MARIO BROS.™ arrives June 8th.
• Dr Kawashima's Brain Training™: How Old Is Your Brain?, releasing June 15th, is designed to keep people's minds active with fun mental workouts that incorporate the user-friendly voice-command and touch-screen capabilities of Nintendo DS. Brain Training also includes more than 100 sudoku puzzles.
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