In defence of the PSP, there have been some games which can compete with the DS for serious fun. OutRun 2006 for example was an absolute riot, and I’m still playing it now. But one thing you have to remember is that just because the PSP games look better, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are better. Ultimately you’re talking about two very different approaches to handheld gaming, and there’s no real right or wrong, just a matter of preference.
One thing that is annoying about the DS Lite is that it uses a different power supply to the original DS. Given, it is the same PSU as the GBA Micro, but that’s not going to help current DS owners that want to upgrade and fancy having a PSU at work and at home.
Although it’s been available in Japan for a while (in a wide variety of colours) the DS will be hitting UK streets on the 23rd of June in either black or white finish. Despite the major overhaul, Nintendo has managed to keep the price of the DS Lite in a similar ball park to the older model, with a recommended price of £99. That’s pretty tempting considering you’re still looking at around £179 for the mid range PSP pack.
Now the big question is do I replace my perfectly good DS with a glossy white DS Lite? Stupid question really!
This is exactly what the original DS should have been – if Nintendo had produced a machine like this a year and a half ago, Sony would have had a much tougher time convincing buyers to cough up £180. The DS Lite looks stunning, feels great in the hand and has a catalogue of great, if sometimes surreal games. If you’ve been putting off buying a Nintendo DS because you thought it was ugly, you don’t have that excuse anymore, and at £99 you’ll be getting a bargain.