Shiny Happy Toys

I finally found a DS Lite at Best Buy. It took a lot of random calling to the stores in the area, but it paid off and the Salem, NH store finally got a shipment in on Friday. I also picked up Metroid Prime Pinball and Sprung (hey, it was $2…) as well. I have to say that I am very impressed with this system. By far, it is the best handheld system I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned pretty much everything back to the original GameBoy in the Nintendo line and the Sega GameGear. My only complaint, and it’s a pretty minor one at that, is that you can’t play original GameBoy and GameBoy Color games on either DS. So, I still have to keep my GameBoy Advance SP (with brighter screen!) for those older games that I still happen to play occasionally.

One nice thing about the new DS as well is that I’m actually starting to rediscover some of my old GBA collection as well — the old DS screen wasn’t as nice as the SP’s screen, and the SP had that awful cramped button layout that absolutely devastated my gameplay in Mario Kart: Super Circuit — hopefully I’ll be able to return to old form before I buy the DS version of Kart.

As for Metroid Prime Pinball, I have to say it’s a really fun game. I own Pokémon Pinball for the GameBoy Color, and as a pinball game, that was really fun as well. I didn’t care much for the Pokémon aspect, but I could ignore that. What I couldn’t ignore, though, was that I couldn’t play pinball on my shiny new DS Lite. So, it was either Pokémon Pinball for the GBA or Metroid Prime Pinball — I think that I made the right choice.

As a bonus, you also get a DS Rumble Pak with Metroid Prime Pinball — too bad it sticks out of the bottom of the DS (Japan gets a DS Lite version of the Rumble Pak — why don’t we?). Also, it’s quite loud — it doesn’t feel as much as a rumble pak as it does a noise pak. I did notice that it seems to work better in the older DS, though.

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