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I use Hori protectors, which have lasted me more than a year so far. I've been considering upgrading to the kind you glue onto the DS to make it scratchproof, for which Zagg and ClearProtector seem to be the main vendors.

I've honestly never had a problem with the DS Lite controls...Mustin has only himself to blame for having ham hands. :< I really prefer the softer controls over the clicky buttons on the Phat. Not to mention the ridiculously powerful backlight is a frickin' GODSEND for GBA games, and you'll be patting yourself on the back when you get that urge to play Circle of the Moon in the car on a sunny day and you can actually SEE what's going on.

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DS Lite has the worst D-Pad I've ever used. I litterally can not get Bum/Phantom Rush blitz in Final Fantasy VI Advance to work on the DS Lite. I can only do it when playing on my GBA/GameCube adapter.

So just a heads up there. Worst D-Pad ever.

Get a DSi, what with its better controls and play FF6 Advance on tha--oh wait.

To be perfectly fair the DSi pretty much nailed the buttons and D-pad if you like the precision of the clicky buttons without the flatness and annoyingness of the original DS's. In fact it seems they nailed a lot of things, after toying around with my roommate's for a few hours. I still just wish they didn't remove that damned GBA slot.

Native Jovian, if you don't mind the lack of a GBA slot get the DSi. It's worth the purchase.

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Is anyone considering getting Transformers II? If you view the trailers, the multiplayer looks like it could actually be fun.

I'm pondering getting it for PC, since on the Wii (what I have) the graphics appear to interfere with the gameplay.

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Regarding screen protectors:

The brand doesn't matter too much IMO (although Hori's are the best), but I wouldn't advise for any permanent ones. Instead, just make sure to buy a bunch if any go on sale. I use GameStop ones because I get a discount and they're the easiest to find. I scratched my screen protector once playing The World Ends With You, but I just peeled it off and applied a new one. Original screen is still good as new.

Also, make sure you get correctly-sized screen protectors that fit your model of DS system.

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Damn you, thread necromancy. I swore I'd avoid you at all costs!

But this is just too cool. I hope more games (or even sysems) use ideas like this.

Just watch it.

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Damn you, thread necromancy. I swore I'd avoid you at all costs!

But this is just too cool. I hope more games (or even sysems) use ideas like this.

Just watch it.

That's freakin' cool!

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That's freakin' cool!

it is really cool

now they should make it even cooler and do virtual console on the dsi and make it actually worth another 200 dollars for the same system

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o hi there Johnny Lee.

But seriously, that's fantastic. It's quite apparent we have cheap, reliable head tracking technology, and I don't understand why all our games aren't like this.

Anyone thinking about the DSI XL? I have somehow managed to avoid getting a DS all this time, but at this point there are too many games not to. However, one reason I never did is because I recalled how difficult it was to read text on the GBA's small screen. In fact, once I went over to emulation, then looked at the same game on a GBA, I thought "I used to play on this thing?"

Since I am a fan of large screens, I want to give the DSI XL a whirl. I'll probably do that at the Nintendo store when it comes out. Any other pieces of advice?

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I'm annoyed because I want to buy a new DS (shoulder buttons are worn out on my current DS Lite), but I want to play some DSiWare games, but also have a GBA slot for certain games and have my M3 card work on it too. grrrrrrr...I guess I'll just purchase another Lite.

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I'm playing FF3 and want to unlock the Onion Knight Job. Would anyone be willing to exchange Mognet messages with me? My friend code is: 313819928879.

Thanks in advance.

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^ Sure, I'd be willing to. I'd like to unlock it as well. Just one problem: I have never used the online function of my DS. So, if you'll tell me how to get my friend code and what else I need to do, we can help each other out. You can PM me or leave it on here.

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Funny, I just found this out the other day, but GBA games can be played on the DSi. And with a larger screen, they just might get a facelift in the process.

six months later, but I forgot to post this when you first posted this

Yes - DS iPlayer is about the only DSi Flash Card that does not play the NDS backup roms (it can play all Homebrew DS roms and emulate other consoles). There is a good reason for the makers of iPlayer to block NDS roms from running on it - they wanted it to be fully legal to be sold in any store on-line or offline

bullshit

there's no way this thing can be any more "fully legal" than any other flash cart if it's still playing roms

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I was excited about Final Fantasy: The Four Heroes of Light

Because I was like

"A brand new, TURN-BASED, FF? Count me in; I love old-school RPGs!"

Having beaten Final Fantasy 1 the most out of any other game in the series, mind you.

But see, my enthusiasm dropped when I learned the main "game mechanic" of 4HoL was that in battles, you cannot select which enemy to attack- the AI automatically attacks the weakest enemy. And the heal spells are automatic- they heal the person with the lowest HP in the party.

Which completely removes any and all strategy with Turn-based battles.

That's when I said "Square, you fucked up again."

I mean, you have shit like RPG maker. It's not hard to make a decent, or even COMPETENT RPG nowadays. But some people find ways....

Anyhoo, I'm playing Contact right now.

Please tell me SOMEONE around here has played it. It's seriously, for me, one of the most thought-provoking and interesting games ever released on the DS, even if the gameplay is not the best (it really is a big ol' grindfest, but being an RPG veteran, I'm used to that).

It's also great in that it has one of THE best soundtracks I've heard on the DS (sorry for the link dump)

Technically Difficult- Army control device

Habara- Super Department Store

DRAGON AND DRAGON RPG OF THE YEAR ALL YEARS

My personal fav:

Seriously, this shit is great, and I hope to remix a track or two if I ever get the skill. It reminds me a lot of the Earthbound soundtrack, so if you like stuff like that.

And the story really rocks (right blend of funny and serious), and the stat-building is fun.

SO WHY NOBODY PLAY

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I'm on a hella SMT kick right now

I beat Devil Survivor a couple months ago and I'm working on Strange Journey (also I'm playing P4 on PS2 and P3P and P1 on PSP but this is the DS thread)

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I played Contact, but honestly it disappointed me ever so slightly. I found the story really bare bones and ultimately dissatisfying, and most of the boss fights were lame and didn't make much sense.

Well, except the final boss. That was pretty rad.

I did like the whole cooking and exploration stuff, but honestly? The game should have been a dungeon or two longer and done something to string it all together besides a crystal hunt.

EDIT: Oh, and the art style admittedly turned me off. I was looking forward to a whole game full of bright, popping sprites like the Professor and his cat, but then the rest of the game is outline-less!

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You know, my previous post has a lot of hate for the then-unreleased Final Fantasy 4 Heroes of Light...

But my friend, MoogleBoss, says it's a Final Fantasy game made that should especially appeal to fans of the old games from the NES and SNES (like me), and that the combat system is efficient and perhaps cast in a bad light, and everything from the story, to the music, to the delivery is especially 'classic' in style and content.

Rrrrgh, one, I hate being wrong with my preconceptions! (lol)

Secondly, I'm still not entirely sure.

Has anyone played this and can offer up another opinion?

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I've played a bit of it, and all I can say is this.

It's Dragon Quest meets Final Fantasy.

Item limits, no aiming (like in groups of enemies), view of foes from the front... just like Dragon Quest.

It's also pretty fun.

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