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My Nintendo DS Lite Amazed Me

DS Lite

Over the years, I’ve accumulated too many video games.

Before starting GameSpew, It was commonplace for me to buy two or three games a week. I guess you could say I was a hoarder. But now, in order to free up some space in the house, I’ve started to sell many. And it was while sorting through my collection of Nintendo DS games that I discovered a little treasure: Castlevania Legends for the Nintendo Game Boy. Just the cartridge though.

For some reason it had James written on it in permanent marker. Or it did – I’ve now removed it. I guess the previous owner wanted to make their mark on it? Regardless, I guessed it had some value, but thought I’d better test it before throwing it on eBay. But what can I test it on? I wondered.

Ruling out the 3DS which I knew certainly didn’t play Game Boy games, I remembered the Game Boy Advance SP that I had somewhere. It still remains somewhere because I couldn’t find it. What I did find, however, was my old DS Lite. I knew it played Game Boy Advance games, but wasn’t sure about original Game Boy games. I thought I’d give it a try though, because you don’t know until you try, right?

Castlevania Legends

Now, I must have last used that DS Lite at least five or so years ago. Probably to play a Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney game. Better charge it up first, I thought. Fiddling with the power button, however, to my surprise it sprung to life, and with plenty of juice. Honestly, I was amazed.

From my experience, I’d only need to leave my PlayStation Vita powered off for a month or so before it was dead as a dodo. The Switch even less. Sure, it’s because they’re more powerful machines, but the power saving function of Nintendo’s DS is still to be applauded. It’s simply amazing.

The only let-down in this story? You can’t play original Game Boy games on a DS Lite. Castlevania Legends remains untested, and the hunt for the Game Boy Advance SP continues. Just where could it be? And when I find it, will it still have some power in its battery? I have an urge to find out.

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!