I admit, I doubted the DS when it first came out. I thought it would be another Virtual Boy, but the DS is amazing. I strongly believe that Nintendo is the only hardware company out there that “gets” gaming. The DS alters the way you play games, and makes it them more accessible to everyone. There are a lot of games that are not really games at all. Electroplankton pushes the limits of what art is. Nintendogs is also not really a game so much as an experience. You just don’t see that on any other platform. There are also plenty of pure games for the more traditional fair. Add to the ability to play old Advanced games and you have a great system.
On the odd end, I really want to get Electroplankton, Nintendogs, Brain Age, and Phoenix Write. Phoenix will be difficult. I will have to get it used. Hopefully my local Gamestop will have it next time I’m home. Also tempting is a copy Advanced Wars sold only in Japan that is a bundle of AW 1 and 2. AW 1 is impossible to find in the US. I have, and love, 2. The bad thing is it would be in Japanese, but the game is so good. Hmmmm