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Joystiq presents

Lite vs. Phat: Round One

After commanding their international correspondent to hit the town and feel up the DS Lite as much as possible, the 1up crew have cast their gauntlet in the battle between new and old, solid and sleek. It doesn't take the author very long to come to the conclusion that playing on the Lite emotes a feeling similar to playing on the GBA SP for the first time:

"Why didn't Nintendo do this in the first place?"

With a more vivid screen and a more responsive d-pad (ideal for snaking in Mario Kart DS, apparently), it seems the new system provides a lot more...and a lot less. The system is notably lighter and thinner, with the only drawbacks from this being slightly more angular L- and R-buttons. Needless to say, the overall impression of the DS Lite is a positive one.

We'll be sure to let you know what we think of Nintendo's innovative redesign as soon as inhumanly possible.

[Thanks Jamie!]

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1. Innovative redesign, Luddy?

Maybe you could push your tongue a little bit further into your cheek...

Posted at 5:08PM on Feb 22nd 2006 by unreal mccoy

2. Haha, all in good spirits, of course. :)

Posted at 5:19PM on Feb 22nd 2006 by Ludwig Kietzmann

3. I'm kind of concerned about the light, fragile feel referred to in the article. I was hoping that the DS Lite would have a solid, weightier feel, like a high-end gadget.

Posted at 5:36PM on Feb 22nd 2006 by unreal mccoy

4. "Why didn't Nintendo do this in the first place?"

Because they wanted to rush a product out to steal the PSP's thunder.

Posted at 5:44PM on Feb 22nd 2006 by paul haine

5. It appears to have worked...

Posted at 6:23PM on Feb 22nd 2006 by Ninegauger

6. no, because they wanted to give the PSP a fighting chance. could you imagine if they would have made the DS lite in the first place? noone would have bought the PSP, it would be doing even worse than it already is. ;)

Posted at 9:38AM on Feb 23rd 2006 by Loban

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