Did you have a glorious DS Lite Sunday? I know that I did as I was able to purchase it and spend a whopping 15 minutes or so with it. Yay. It's mostly my fault as I was on the last episode of season 1 of Deadwood and I needed to finish that season out so that I can start season 2 so that I can then watch season 3. I also had to spend the time uploading all of the fine pictures that go along with this post so that you, dear reader, have the best idea as to the gloriousness of the DS Lite that one man can provide. It's a sad fucking day when you spend more time uploading pictures of a video game device so that you can write a post about said device than you do actually playing the fucking thing. Hoople-head, thy name is Brandon.
My initial impression is that it kicks massive amounts of ass. It's smaller, lighter, prettier, brighter and seems to produce a nicer range of colors than the original DS. The stylus is also bigger and feels better in one's hand. On the minus side, it doesn't come with a wrist strap, thumb nubbin' thing, which I find to be the best stylus for Metroid Prime: Hunters, the battery life will be shorter if you use the highest brightness setting and it uses a different A/C adaptor, so any adaptors you may have purchased to charge your DS overseas are now rendered useless. The redesign also makes GBA carts stick out a centimeter or so, but I don't have any GBA carts, so that isn't a concern for me. For perverts like Keg who like to make themselves the meat in an Advance Wars sandwich, this may be an issue.
All of the buttons feel a great deal more responsive. With the DS, sometimes it didn't feel like you were actually pressing the button, which for games like Castlevania and Mario Kart, which don't use the stylus, was a big deal. The smaller size makes the screens look bigger as well as make it a little easier to hold for those non-stylus games. It seems less top heavy too, however that could just be an effect of the overall weight reduction.
Swapping over your Wi-Fi information from your old DS to the DS Lite is an exercise in simplicity so you don't have to worry about losing all of your friends codes or your WEP key or whatever other bits of knowledge you have kicking around in there. You simply start up a Wi-Fi enabled game on the old DS, choose the option to transfer your settings, turn on the new DS Lite, pick the option for download play, and voila, everything is transferred. Transferring it will remove it completely from the DS, so if you plan on keeping it for a family member that will be using mostly the same settings, you may want to get acquanted with that new stylus and do everything manually.
All in all, I'm quite happy with it, even if I haven't been able to do a lot with it as of yet. I should be pissed that I had to buy the blasted thing in the first place, rather than have the DS be this well designed at launch, but at the same time, I paid 6 bucks for the DS Lite, after trade-ins, so it's hard to be mad when so little real life money exchanged hands. Plus, I can assure you that I've spent far more on things that have ended up sucking out completely. *cough*PSP*cough*
Now, on with the pictures! All I ask is that rather than view the pictures as a slideshow, you take the time to view them one at a time, lest you lose out on the amazingly hilarious comments. It's not like you have anything better to do.