Hands-on Demo with Nintendo's DS
You've all heard about Nintendo's DS dual-screen handheld device by now, but if you haven't had a chance to play it, be sure to stop by Nintendo's booth before you leave today. We got some one-on-one time with the DS and all the games and demos currently available, and the experience has doubled our excitement levels.

Definitely get a couple of friends (or heck, get some strangers) and go head-to-head in Metroid Prime: Hunters. It takes some time to get used to pointing and shooting with the stylus, but having the second screen devoted to a map is an excellent addition to an FPS.

Super Mario 64x4 is another title that takes advantage of the DS' wireless connectivity. Playing against your buddies from up to 30 meters away means you can each find a comfy seat from which to compete.

PictoChat may not have the graphics or intensity of a true game, but this application really demonstrates the DS' potential. You can send handwritten instant messages as well as drawings that can then be modified. The application supports up to 16 simultaneous users.

Revisit an old favorite with Namco's Pac-Pix. You draw your own Pac-Man and then guide him to the ghosts by drawing lines. You can make Pac-Man as large as you want (ink supply allowing) or quickly etch multiple Pacs to go ghost chomping.

Sega's Sonic demo gives you a feel for how to use the touch screen with your fingers; sliding your finger back and forth across the screen speeds the hedgehog to 300 mph or faster.

There are plenty more games and demos to try, including a great WarioWare addition. DS is two screens o' fun.

BY JOEL STRAUCH

 
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