*Sight and sound
: Both backlit LCD screens feature extremely sharp and colorful visuals. Thanks to the system’s built in speakers, the sound is full stereo loud and clear, even without headphones.
: As the product slogan “Touching is good?states, the DS is touch-activated, giving users the ability to use a stylus to create messages. There is also a Thumb Strap equipped with a tiny plastic piece which prevents gamers from leaving greasy thumbprints on the screen.
: This free software program, already embedded in the hardware, allows gamers to write messages with the onscreen keyboard or to create a handwritten message with the stylus, and send them wirelessly to other DS users nearby. While in sleep mode, the DS will come to life if it senses another DS within transmitting range, alerting gamers to each other’s presence.
*Extensive game library
: There are more than 100 companies which have signed on to create games for the DS. A number of EA franchises including Madden NFL, GoldenEye and The URBZ: Sims in the City will be available for the DS. And because it’s compatible with the Game Boy Advance SP, the DS already flaunts a library of more than 550 games.