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 Apr 05, 2006 - 11:00 AM - by Michael
* Why the DS is growing so well

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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc)
Gamespot's got a great interview with Nintendo DS hardware designers, showing why the machine's so successful.

Word of warning: I own an original DS. I have no plans to "upgrade" to the new DS Lite, because it does everything I want it to, and it does it quite well.

Sakiyama explains, "For instance, the DS Lite uses two different LCD displays. The bottom one is the same as the display in the DS, but the top one is different. The lid tends to get bumped, so we were looking for an LCD module that was both stronger and slimmer than the one in the DS. We had trouble finding a pre-existing part that met all our requirements, so we worked with an LCD manufacturer in a process of trial and error to create a customized part. Rather than shoehorning an existing LCD module into the slimmest case that it would fit in, we designed and built an LCD module that fits a slim case and is also exceptionally durable."

 

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