Quite simply the most popular handheld games console ever. The Nintendo DS Lite is the ultimate travel companion and portable games console. With its two screen fold-open configuration and a massive array of inventive and interesting games, it appeals to young and old alike. Use the touch screen with your finger or stylus, or use the classic game pad controls. It also has a microphone, and some games even have voice control.
While capable of 3D graphics and 16 channel audio, Nintendo's focus on fun gameplay rather than raw graphics power has proved a winning formula, with people of all ages and backgrounds using their DS to play games, read books, practise brain-training quizzes and even learn new languages. The huge variety of titles available for this platform is part of the appeal.
The DS Lite has Wi-Fi capability, which lets you connect with DS Lite owners nearby for multiplayer gaming. Some games even let you multiplay with only one DS game card via DS Download Play. Other games require each player to have a copy - check the game information. Apart from this, the DS Lite can connect to all other Nintendo DS models, the Nintendo Wii, and Wi-Fi access points.
Games come on Nintendo DS Game Cards, or on Game Boy Advance game packs. Connect stereo headphones and a microphone if you wish. Pictochat lets 16 people in close range chat via text.
The backlit screens have four brightness levels which suit a wide range of environments from the tube to a bright sunny day.