For Christmas my lovely significant other bought me a Nintendo DS Lite. Not just any Nintendo DS Lite, she got me the Zelda Addition DS Lite. Which the only real difference between a regular addition DS is it has the Tri-force symbol on it and it is colored gold, and obviously it comes with Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. I was stoked!
Immediately ripping apart the packaging and smothering her with kisses, I got to playing... Playing this game ensued up until about half an hour ago. I only have one thing to say. Awesome. I was super impressed with the graphics considering it was a hand-held console. Easily comparable to a PS1. (Now I understand graphics on a PS1 aren't amazing by any means, but this is on a hand-held! Totally awesome.)The game play was certainly different, it took me a second to get used to navigation due to the fact that you have to use the stylus to move, attack, and perform actions. It didn't take too long for me to get a hang of it.
Now, there were some really neat features that were thrown into the game that made it that much better. Like having to use the microphone. I actually found myself yelling into the Microphone on a few different occasions so an NPC (Non-playing-character.) could hear me. I even had to blow out a flame by blowing into the mic. That just blew me away. (Sorry, bad pun!)
You know how the DS Lite has two screens? (If you don't, you should have stopped reading a long time ago...). Well I had to make an imprint from a map that I found on a wall, onto my map, and to do so, I actually had to close the DS with the map on the wall on the top screen, and my map on the bottom screen.
Now, if you're not a fan of the Zelda franchise, I doubt you'll like it, it's the same game it was on SNES with just a few added features, but if you are a fan, I recommend getting your hands on a DS and buying Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. I got a good 15 hours game play, the story wasn't bad, and with the added features, makes the game well worth it.