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Hello everyone and welcome to day 25 of my 31/31! Today’s blog is another entry in my “Memories..” series. The console that will be covered today is my Nintendo DS. I had actually hoped to do this blog a bit later since I had just done my memories blog for my Xbox, but I tomorrow’s a big day of travel ahead of me and I need to sleep. So for tonight, it is a shorter blog. On the bright side, I return home in a few days, and should be able to spend some time making my last blogs really good. I also have a bit of a surplus of ideas left, so I should be able to still get some blogs in after this is done. Before I can think of future blogs though, there’s a blog for today that needs to get done! Onto the blog! My Nintendo DS is one of my favorite gaming devices that I have ever had, and is my favorite handheld I have ever played. It wasn’t the original DS, but it was a dark black DS Lite with a red top half. I obtained the DS for Christmas (Well, my family is Muslim, but we celebrate Christmas as a commercial holiday.) and I fell in love with the device quickly. The DS came with the game Big Brain Academy, and that game was just really fun to play overall. I soon got a lot more games for the system, including: Mario Kart DS, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon Heart Gold, Dragon Quest IX, Kirby: Canvas Curse, New Super Mario Bros, Radiant Historia, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, and a few others. With a great gaming library, the DS is given critical acclaim from gamers and game journalists alike. But it goes beyond that. With a simple to carry design, and many interesting features, I enjoyed every minute spent with my DS. The DS has 4 face buttons like most console controllers, one D-pad for moving, a start button, select button, and two shoulder buttons. But what made the DS memorable was its dual screen. I had my DS for 6 years before I gave it away to a family member, and it still worked fine. Sure the touch screen was a bit worn and so were the hinges, but that’s more than you can say about a lot of consoles now of days. The console also had a lot of customizable options when it came to both the hardware and the aesthetics. Aesthetically, there were a lot of cool custom skins and covers that were made by both Nintendo and by 3rd-party companies. Hardware wise, there were a few different versions of the DS, such as the DS Lite, and the DSi. There were also some small features added into the DS that made it great. There was a microphone feature that were used in games like Nintendogs and Mario Kart DS, and the console also played a different start up sound when it was your birthday. It’s touches like this that make Nintendo’s gaming devices truly special in my opinion. That’s all for today’s blog everyone. Sorry that it’s a bit short. It’s my last day of vacation, and I have to finish packing. What are your memories of the DS? As always, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to answer as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!