5 reasons why we love the Nintendo DS

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Nintendo revealed today that over 10 million DS consoles have been sold in the UK so far. That staggering figure means one in six Brits now own a DS, and are happily catching Pokemon or training their brains. It makes…

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Samsung announces Tocco Lite

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Samsung’s Tocco did rather well last year, but its touchscreen interface hasn’t been a hit with absolutely everyone. Since then, though, it’s released the Tocco Pro and today it’s launching the Tocco Lite in an attempt to widen the market that give it a try.

The Lite is very much just a downgrade of the original handset. For starters, there’s no mention of 3G connectivity, which in 2009 is rather surprising. The 5-megapixel camera has been downgraded to 3.2-megapixel, and the onboard memory is now just 50MB. That’s still upgradable via an SD card to 8GB.

Alongside the spec decrease, the price will have gone down too. But Samsung hasn’t told us how much that’ll be just yet. I’ve emailed them. If they let me know, then you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll tell you, too.

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Is Apple launching a low-end iPhone and tablet PC?

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If rumours are to be believed, then Apple will be launching an “iPhone lite” and a “media pad” this summer. People “familiar with the matter” have been yapping away to BusinessWeek, and let slip that the new devices might coincide with the release of iPhone OS 3.0.

One device is a smaller, cheaper, iPhone that’ll allow users to make calls and send texts, but probably cut back on other features like GPS and the camera. The other is a tiny tablet PC, smaller than a Kindle, that would allow owners to view HD video and listen to music. It would also be able to place calls over Wi-Fi.

The rumour has arisen due to Apple’s ongoing talks with Verizon, a US phone network. The company would be the distributors of the devices, if they come through to reality.

(via Ars Technica)

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Play Famicom cartridges on your DS Lite with the Familator. Arnold Schwarzenegger not included.

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The Familator! Sounds a bit like your pervy uncle, right? Wrong! It’s actually a gizmo which attaches to your DS Lite, enabling use of Famicom cartridges. Christmas has come early for Ninty fans.

Don’t thank me, thank the Japanese accessory maker Cyber Gadget, who are currently selling it on their Japanese site. Classic…

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Taint your pure Nintendo DS with a smutty crossword puzzle game from The Sun

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the-sun-DS-game.jpgGoodness knows what kind of words would appear in a crossword puzzle in jubblies-filled newspaper The Sun, but chances are, they’d be decidedly NSFW. Or kids, who are the primary demographic for the Nintendo DS.

Chances are though, under 18s wouldn’t be interested in purchasing The Sun’s foray into the gaming world, as…

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Shiny Video Review: My Sims limited edition accessories

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I recently got my Nintendo-hungry hands on some of the limited edition accessories created to publicise the launch of My Sims, the Nintendo game available on the DS and Wii, and coerced our fashion editor, Gemma, into modelling them for me. And, err, explaining…

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Top 10 handmade cases for your Nintendo DS over on Crafty Crafty

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ds%20case%20montage-thumb.jpg It’s approaching Winter, which means your Nintendo DS is getting chilly and needs rugging up. What? I’m not the only one who anthropomorphicises (it’s a word!) their DS, am I? Talks to it, dresses it, hugs it, makes sexy time with it…

Obviously I’m lying about the latter part, but dressing your portable games console is pretty fun, especially when there’s so many brilliant handmade efforts floating around teh interwebs. Abi at Crafty Crafty has created a top 10 list of all the best DS cases…

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WiiWii review the Japanese Nintendo DS game Otona No DS Kao Training (Face Training)

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dsc00880.JPG Hello, cute WiiWii freelancer! It’s hard working at Shiny Media sometimes when we have so many freelancers spread throughout the country, often we have no idea what they look like. Until now, thanks to Chris’s recent review of the new DS game Face Training, which comes with an external camera, allowing THE WHOLE WORLD to view Chris’s bespeckled charm. Sigh.

Otona No DS Kao Training, or Face Training, if you will, was released earlier this month in Japan, but the lucky WiiWii-er managed to snag a copy for review purposes. He claims it probably won’t see a release outside of Japan, which is a shame, as judging by his verdict on the game and external camera, it sounds worth buying…

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