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Sorry, relatively trivial DS lite or DSi

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Poshpaws Sun 04-Oct-09 16:02:21

DS1's DS lite was broken (we are not sure who hmm) and cannot be repaired. He got it for his birthday last year.

We said as we do not know who broke it (it was not him as he was not at home at the time but there were other family members in the house) we would buy him a new one.

He was fine with the DS lite, but now he is asking for a DSi. DSi has 2 cameras, wider screen, lighter and thinner, etc, and is obvioulsy more expensive. He can play all his old games in it too.

However, I am questioning whether an 8 year-old really needs the 'extras' when he was quite happy before with a straight-forwad DS lite.

WWYD? (Told you it was not very important grin)

Poshpaws Sun 04-Oct-09 19:41:58

Bump...anyone smile?

Tidey Sun 04-Oct-09 19:49:05

Personally, I don't think the 'extras', which as you say, pretty much consist of it being smaller and having the camera, are worth the extra £50. It would be a bit of a novelty for a while, being able to take people's picture and distort their face, or whatever it does, but that wouldn't last for long. I would be looking for another DSLite on eBay, the prices have gone down as a result of children wanting to 'upgrade'.

Also, if there's a mysterious DS vandal around, it would be even more expense to then replace a DSi, IYSWIM.


PlumBumMum Sun 04-Oct-09 19:53:14

DS has asked for a ds for christmas and tbh I haven't even considered getting a dsi, I don't think its worth it,

having said that dd1's ds has a crack on the hinge and I know a few others who have had this problem, was wondering if this fault would be rectified in the newer version

will watch with interest

Clary Sun 04-Oct-09 19:56:03


Why would you buy older tech DS lite? It's not as tho they are stunningly cheap.

price compo IME is £100 or maybe £95 as against £120.

surreylady Sun 04-Oct-09 19:57:56

We went for DSi for DD birthday - it is the latest technology and so the new generation so budget allowing I would always plump for the newest models it plays all the games available for any model- she does use the camera but I don't see this as anything other than novelty.

Tidey Sun 04-Oct-09 20:01:13

A very quick look on eBay at Buy It Now items comes up with DSLite at £72 and DSi at £145. Sounds like a fair difference to me. I thought DSi RRP was £149.

Tee2072 Sun 04-Oct-09 20:49:07

The thing is, Nintendo won't be making any new games for the DS Lite. So if you buy one, you are restricting your DS' gaming.

Always buy the latest technology, is my theory.

cookielove Sun 04-Oct-09 20:54:21

i upgraded from a dslite to a dsi, when they first came out, only paid 30 quid i think, it is better, but if you are thinking of uprgrading guitar hero can't be played on the dsi, so if your children like that game then i wouldn't get it.

PlumBumMum Sun 04-Oct-09 20:55:29

dsi and ds lite games are the same???, even most game boy games fit the ds lite

Tee2072 Sun 04-Oct-09 21:00:13

Actually, Game Boy Advanced Games fit the Lite, they do not fit the DSi

PlumBumMum Sun 04-Oct-09 21:05:30

Sorry Tee2072 mean't that as an "oh crap, I assummed that the dsi & dslite games would just be the same"

ds was given a gameboy advanced and been bought a few of the games off ebay, I told his uncles to not buy him anymore incase Santa gets the ds,
but assumed the ds games would be remaining the same, so thats why I was going to go ahead and stick with dslite

al confused now lucky I leave everything to the last minute

Tee2072 Sun 04-Oct-09 21:13:32

DSi plays DS lite
DS lite does not play DSi
DS lite plays Game Boy Advanced
DSi doest not play Game Boy Advanced
There will be no new DS Lite games made any more.

Is that clearer, PlumBumMum? grin

PlumBumMum Sun 04-Oct-09 21:20:25

Yeap sorry I thought my ????? maybe looked cheeky
I just assumed the games would still be the same, stupid I know, probably more like hoping they would still be the same as dd1 only got a dslite last year

Clary Sun 04-Oct-09 21:27:57

DSi is available for £120 from Littlewoods (with joining offer) or similar tho. I got one in summer for that sort of money with no problemo.

Must say didn't look on ebay but at the time cdn't find DS for less than £95.

We have both in this house btw.

Tidey Sun 04-Oct-09 22:57:53

I was under the impression that there were no DS Lite games or DSi games, just DS games. Even if they do start bringing out special DSi-only games, it doesn't mean there will be no more general DS games being made. PS2 games are still being produced even though the PS3 is out, etc.

Poshpaws Mon 05-Oct-09 08:20:17

Thanks everyone who replied.

DS1 will be very happy that the majority say get a DSi grin.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyLoveSlave Mon 05-Oct-09 08:56:04

The DSi has been out for ages and new releases (my own love slave's latest, out a couple of weeks ago, for example) are still playable on the DS Lite.

So I'm a bit confused on the "there will be no new DS Lite games made any more". As of when, exactly, because there were new (games that played on the) DS Lite out this month and there are plenty more due for release over the next year?

In fact, I thought there were generally only "DS" games -- AFAIK almost all games released over the last couple of years (i.e. in the ascendancy of the DS Lite) still play absolutely fine on the older DS (DS Heavy, if you will). I've seen no indication that this policy will be changing with the introduction of the DSi.

Tidey Mon 05-Oct-09 10:48:41

My point exactly Professor, apparently Nintendo are going to bring out games that use the whole screen of the DSi, as at the moment there is a black line around the edge when you play all other DS games. But all the info I have found suggests that the DSi is an alternative to the DS Lite, not a replacement. So I see no reason to panic buy a DSi with the assumption you must because it's the newest technology and that other DS games are going to be discontinued.

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