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The New Standard for Portable Video Games Nintendo DS i XL!

In the video game industry, Microsoft and Sony are the establishment, and Nintendo has always been the cheeky little upstart. Whatever everyone else does, Nintendo knows it can’t compete with them on their terms. It can only play defensive; when they up the ante in ever more powerful gaming systems with ultra-realistic graphics – Nintendo responds by making something like the Wii that is so entertaining to use in the way it mimics your body’s motions, you scarcely notice that it produces images that look like cave drawings next to what the PlayStation 3 can do.

With people playing their video games on their iPhone now, Sony and everyone else has been trying to compress their pocket machines into ever smaller sizes.

And what does Nintendo do? They come out with a hefty pocket device, the Nintendo  DS i XL. The video games Nintendo  DS i XL devices play, from the Super Mario Galaxy to Prince of Persia, not to mention crossword puzzles and Sudoku, have been out in Japan for quite a while

The Nintendo DS i XL is about the size of an airport paperback. It folds open and shut like a book, and each side on the inside, has its own screen – each one about 4 inches across. So why on earth did they intend to go the opposite direction when everyone else was trying to go smaller and more compact?

It’s like that Jay Leno bit on the Late Night show once about a cell phone they were making so small, you could probably suck it in as you breathed.  Things are only useful when smaller, when they are actually usable. Many of the video games Nintendo DS i XL devices are meant to play, are actually more sedate ones like crosswords, that seniors love to play at their old-age homes.

But even still, a big part, some would say the biggest part, of Nintendo’s market is with the tweens. Wouldn’t they like something much sleeker and smaller?

Well, that’s until you actually look at those screens (remember, it has two). More gorgeous screens you never saw on a handheld player, and the size of them is pretty awesome too.

Playing grand 3-D graphics-endowed video games Nintendo DS i XL gaming machine truly excel. The 2-D games were actually designed for smaller screens, so they happen to look a bit blocky on these larger screens, but who’s complaining?

And for people who are tired of aiming for the exact spot on a tiny touchscreen, these large ones seem positively playground-like.

When you buy it, when it is released later this year, right out of the box, you get a free dictionary, a couple of little games, and a web browser. Any time you put a web browser on a device, it’s going to sell, and when it has screens like this, it couldn’t lose. The rub is of course, in the price – it costs $200.

But all the same, for seniors’ activities or video games Nintendo DS I XL gamers are an unstoppable force; and this year, will belong to them.

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When I was growing up, it seemed that everything started and finished with the Mario Brothers games for the Nintendo. The first game I ever played on the Nintendo was the original Super Mario Brothers game, and probably the most momentous occasion in the original Nintendo’s history was when Super Mario Brothers 3 came out.

I don’t remember how old I was when the Nintendo first came out, but I will always remember the very first Super Mario Brothers game that came out. You could play as Mario or Luigi, and you went on little adventures, trying to capture coins along the way and kill nefarious creatures that were trying to get you.

I Will Always Remember the Mario Brothers Games!

One of my favorite things about the game was learning how to ìtop the turtleî to get a bunch of extra lives. I would always invite my friends over and show them that I had learned how to do this, when all of them could not. I was extremely proud of that, and I still contend that it was one of the coolest things about any of the Mario Brothers games.

I remember the first time I beat the game, as well, and how it was one of the greatest senses of accomplishment I had ever experienced in my short life. My older brother had already beaten the game a few weeks earlier, and many times since then, and I had not been able to for a while. When it finally happened, I could not believe it, and I jumped up and down, screaming at the top of my lungs that I ìfinally beat it!î

Super Mario Brothers 2 was pretty cool as well. It was a little more advanced than the first game, and I remember my brother really enjoying that particular game. I liked it as well, but I much preferred the first and third game to the second game.

What made the third game the coolest out of the Mario Brothers games was the fact that the first time it was revealed was in the movie The Wizard. It was near the end of the movie, and the three kids were playing in the video game challenge to win $50,000, and the contestants were all told that it would be a game they had never seen before for the final contest.

Then it was dramatically revealed that it was Super Mario Brothers 3, and I was just awestruck. I felt like I was privy to some great secret that only a few people knew besides me. I remember watching the movie in the theater, and an assortments of gasps and cheers could be heard when it was announced.

I played Super Mario Brothers 3 and all of the Mario Brothers games over and over again when they came out, and when I think about the Nintendo, to this day I always think about those games. They were a lot of fun to play and a big part of my childhood.

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