Nintendo Valentine

We have something of a Valentine’s Day tradition going at our house now.

Last year my wife gave me a Wii for Valentine’s Day.

This year, a Nintendo DS Lite joined the family.

Yes, my wife, who brought up the idea of having a DS for travel entertainment, then rejected the idea, changed her mind.

So today I was sent out to get a DS. Pink or Red were the desired color choices.

When I came home with a Cobalt Blue DS, my wife was not happy.

I explained that I went to three locations and saw no red models and only one pink, and it was a returned unit at Fry’s. There are few rules I follow as religiously as never buying something from Fry’s that has been returned. No, never.

She got on the phone, found a pink unit at a Toys R Us across town, and sent me out to get it.

I returned with it and three games, plus the accessory kit. Basically I spent as much as the Wii cost last year.

The games I got were:

  • Pokemon Diamond: Because federal law mandates that anybody owning a DS must have at least one Pokemon game
  • LEGO Star Wars: We loved it on the GameCube, we loved it on the Wii, I thought we might like it on the DS
  • Mario Party DS: Again, it looked fun and we liked the Wii version

My daughter was very excited tonight when she got her Valentine’s Day present. She had to call one of her friends who also has a DS and tell him about it.

We sat up later than usual, half an hour past bed time, playing Pokemon. I might be in trouble with this game. Not because it is too fun, but because there is a lot of reading involved, a lot more than a kindergarten aged child is really capable of reading. So I end up having to read most of it aloud.

I really know nothing about the DS game selection. What games out there are good for the precocious soon-to-be-first-grader set?

5 thoughts on “Nintendo Valentine

  1. Bildo


    That, “New Super Mario Bros.” and Kirby are good too. Super Princess Peach she’d likely love as well. It’s an easier Mario Bros. with a girly slant.


  2. rmckee78

    Mario 64 may be a little on the tough side but it does come with a fantastic selection of minigames that use the touch screen. The minigame where you draw the trampolines under the falling Mario (essentially an update on the old 2600 circus) is what got my wife hooked on video games.


  3. bluelinebasher

    Somehow I doubt mario captured anything as horrific as the Circus Atari misses. The grandmother of graphic gaming violence. I can still hear the crash and see the legs flailing when I close my eyes…


  4. Doom

    I’d recommend Puzzle Quest, its essentially ‘bejewelled’ with an RPG added on. Also, the new super mario is excellent. My wife plays the new york times crossword game nightly, as well. My favorite is the new Zelda.

    I dont know if you’re interested, but you might look into getting an R4 card for your DS; it lets you download and ‘try out’ ROMS for any DS game, and so you aren’t spending 60 dollars on a title that you might not like.


  5. Bildo

    To be fair, Doom DS games are nowhere near 60 bucks. They’re 35 tops… I love the Independent games boost that the R4 card has brought on, but I absolutely loathe the rampant pirating of DS games.

    Still, it’s not like Nintendo is hurting these days.


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