People may not know this about me, but I love video games.  I still remember my parents buying me and my sister a Sega Genesis for Christmas when I was in 3rd grade.  I was hooked.  I still am, actually, as that same Sega Genesis is with me here at college!

I own a lot of different gaming consoles, from the Genesis to a Wii to my Nintendo DS, so when Yahoo! posted an article about the new Nintendo DSi XL, I was intrigued.

This new Nintendo has a bigger screen (93% larger than the DS Lite!) and longer battery life, but is bigger always better? My answer: no. Sure this new gaming system has a larger screen, a brighter backlight, etc. etc., but the point of an Nintendo has always been that it’s PORTABLE.  What’s next, reverting back to the original grey Nintendo Gameboy?? (Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

The point of portable gaming consoles is to take them with you wherever you go.  Yeah, this new DSi XL has a longer battery life so you can play more, but if you can’t easily carry it with you, why would you need to have the long battery life?

According to the Yahoo! article, “By most accounts, the DSi XL is a little too bulky to tote around in your front pocket. It’s not as unwieldy as an iPad, but it’s hardly as portable as your iPhone…or your standard DSi.”  This brings up a good point: iPhone/iTouches let you download games for relatively cheap and are extremely portable.  Sure, you may not be able to find Mario Cart, but you can find 50 other racing games, some that probably are very similar.

A screen shot from my iTunes store, showing just a few of the racing titles available. Try one of these out instead of wasting $30 on Mario Cart!

Why bother paying $15-30 per DS game, when you can pay $5, $3, or even $0 for a game from iTunes.  I can understand paying for games that are used on Wiis, etc. because that platform isn’t replicated on iPhones, but when it comes to games that require you to push 2 buttons, don’t bother wasting your money.

I love my Nintendo DS, but I only buy secondhand games.  If I want something new, I either buy something similar on my iTouch, or get it for my Wii (as Nintendo makes many of its games for all their platforms).  So skip on the DSi XL unless you want to pay to have a heavy, awkward videgame controller.