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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm going on a couple trips in the near future with the wife, and we'd love to have something we can play together. I realize that the PSP and DS are different, and please do not turn this thread into __ sucks. Each have their positives. Here's what I'm looking for specifically:

1 -Ability to play multiplayer wirelessly (wired is tolerable).
2 -Good catalog of games (We like strategy, racing, platformer).
3 -Ease of playing games together (setup/execution, cost).
4 -Good battery life (5-10 hours preferred - one flight is 18 hours!).
5 -Decent to good graphics (I realize PSP is probably better here).

I'd really appreciate if you could post specific models as well. For example, I know there's the PSP 2000 and 3000. From what I read, PSP 3000 is the best (GO doesn't seem to have great reviews). I also know there's the DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL. I've done some research, but could really use some feedback, especially from those with both PSP and DS systems!

I was thinking I'd either go DSLite, DSiXL, or PSP-3000. The enlarged screen of the XL is nice, and I read that sound quality is a little better. Battery life obviously takes a slight hit, though. As for GBA backwards compatibility, that doesn't really matter to me right now since I haven't had a GameBoy game since the original Game Boy!!!

Games - I tried only posting genres since we don't really care much for series. Though I'd love a good RPG. And I know Civ Rev is on DS as well which both of us would probably play to death. There aren't any co-op RPG's out are there?

But the PSP has the MGS game and Ace Combat, both games I enjoy on PS3/PS2/360.

I'm purposely trying to stay away from action-based games that require button combos and that stuff since I'd easily pwn her and she'd stop playing LOL! I guess it all comes down to which system will help keep us occupied for hours on end .

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 17
Okay as an owner of a DSi XL and a PSPgo, based on the games you are looking at, I have to recommend the PSP......
1. Connectivity-the DSi does have the ability to play the same game with other DSi owners near you, but the PSP seems to have better online play.
2. Games-see my first sentence. The DSi has great "brain" games, puzzle games and a good COD series, but the PSP seems to have more mature "hardcore" racing and strategy type games.
3. Ease of playing-EVEN. Cost-the PSP3000 is about the same cost as a DSi, the XL and PSPgo versions are more. The games are also about the same cost-EVEN.
4. Battery life-hands down DSi. For some reason I never have to charge the XL. It seems to last a good 8-10 hours of playtime. The PSP's i have dealt with all have decent battery time, just not in the DSi league.
5. Graphics-Hands down the PSP's.

Now some things you didnt ask..
If you have a PS3 the PSP syncs to it easily(and does remote play, etc) and I prefer the PSN over the Nintendo DSi dl service.
The PSPgo is a DL device, which means you dont have to carry game discs.
The PSP browser works a little better, and there are more options to tweak settings then on a DSi.

Hope this helps, sorry for the long post, and I am not bashing any platform. You really cant go wrong with either.
post #3 of 17
Get a DS. For racing games get Mario Kart and for a co-op RPG, get Dragon Quest IX. There are many good strategy games on the platform, though start with Advance Wars.

The racing genre is definitely superior on PSP (Burnout, Gran Turismo, etc.), but honestly the DS lineup is better virtually everywhere else.
post #4 of 17
I can't speak for the DSi XL, as I am waiting for the 3DS for my next DS purchase, and I don't own a PSP, but here are some reasons I would choose the DSi:
  1. Great wireless play. It sounds like you are most interested in playing locally vs the wife, and there are a lot of great games where you can do this and only need one game cart. One game that my wife and I play together all the time is Clubhouse Games. Local wireless play is very easy to set up.
  2. I've always felt the DS has the best catalog of games, but I may be biased. I would choose DS simply for games like New Super Mario Brothers and Mario vs Donkey Kong, both great platformers
  3. I would definitely choose the DSi over the DS lite, as you also have the ability to download games from the store.
  4. Battery life for DSi is supposedly much better than PSP
  5. PSP does have better graphics, but DSi graphics are still very good.
  6. Lastly, and I don't see this mentioned a lot, but the clamshell design of the DS line of game systems is really nice, simply for the fact that it protects the screens without needing a case. I don't know about the XL, but my DSi fits nicely in my pocket, and I never worry about the screens getting scratched up on the go.

Good luck!
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks!
post #6 of 17
Having both, and forced to choose between them, I would pick the DSi every single time. It's library is far more entertaining, and isn't just a bunch of PS2 ports and sequels. You don't scratch your screen constantly, as it closes in on itself. It has better battery life and is more durable in general. In the 5 years of owning them both, my PSP has seen maybe 50 hours of play, whereas I can count my DS hours into the 500's, easily.

Expanding the conversation though, you forgot the important third choice. iPod Touch. If you don't already have an iPhone, then the iPod Touch is an extremely good gaming platform. While you are looking at $300 on day one instead of $180, you are also looking at $0-5 games instead of $10-40 games. The cost of ownership levels out really quickly, and quickly leans heavily in the iPod's favor. Since picking up my iPod Touch in November, I've picking up my DSi for one game, Dragon Quest IX. In the same time, I've played maybe 100-150 iOS games, a good number of which I can readily recommend.

Adding in the third option, I would recommend the iPod Touch every time.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

Having both, and forced to choose between them, I would pick the DSi every single time. It's library is far more entertaining, and isn't just a bunch of PS2 ports and sequels. You don't scratch your screen constantly, as it closes in on itself. It has better battery life and is more durable in general. In the 5 years of owning them both, my PSP has seen maybe 50 hours of play, whereas I can count my DS hours into the 500's, easily.

Expanding the conversation though, you forgot the important third choice. iPod Touch. If you don't already have an iPhone, then the iPod Touch is an extremely good gaming platform. While you are looking at $300 on day one instead of $180, you are also looking at $0-5 games instead of $10-40 games. The cost of ownership levels out really quickly, and quickly leans heavily in the iPod's favor. Since picking up my iPod Touch in November, I've picking up my DSi for one game, Dragon Quest IX. In the same time, I've played maybe 100-150 iOS games, a good number of which I can readily recommend.

Adding in the third option, I would recommend the iPod Touch every time.

Having an iPod Touch has held me back from getting a DS myself. Some very cool game choices there - most of them pretty cheap. Actually enjoy the iPod version of Rock Band.

3DS is intriguing, though. And a certain 7 yr old in my house has been mentioning wanting a DS.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
iPod touches don't connect to each other for multiplayer, do they?
post #9 of 17
The iPod Touch has both Bluetooth and WiFi. Developers have used both for local and internet multiplayer.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Good to know thanks!
post #11 of 17
A important thing to keep in mind is the 3DS is just around the corner and will be backwards compatible with the DS lineup of games.

There's no definitive information on when the PSP's successor will arrive and we can only speculate if it is going to be backwards compatible with the PSP.

If it was me making the decision and I wanted a handheld system tomorrow, I'd start enjoying the PSP now with the knowledge that the 3DS will be here relatively soon and will be able to play the DS library I missed out on. I'd pick up a PSP3000 since it won't be replaced for the time being and might remain the best way to enjoy the PSP library after the platform is replaced if the successor isn't BC.

Of course that's based on the assumption you'd like to play both libraries eventually rather then just sticking with one. If you really have no urge to eventually explore both the PSP and DS libraries, it's not such useful advice.
post #12 of 17
Oh, if the iPod Touch becomes the choice that you are seriously looking at, then you need to know a couple things.

- Do not consider the $200 8GB version. It is older generation hardware than the 32/64GB versions. It is slower, and therefore less compatible.
- The 32GB and 64GB versions are identical, except for the size.
- Apple has an event on September 1st. September is usually the launch window for new iPod Touch. Wait a week see if there is something slick right around the corner.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice, guys.

My wife doesn't want to lose out on Mario Kart and Mario Bros.

At the same time, I don't want to lose out on Valkyria Chronicles and Metal Gear Solid.

Go figure lol! We did think about buying each system instead so we had both libraries to draw from, but then of course, we couldn't do multiplayer.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

Oh, if the iPod Touch becomes the choice that you are seriously looking at, then you need to know a couple things.

- Do not consider the $200 8GB version. It is older generation hardware than the 32/64GB versions. It is slower, and therefore less compatible.
- The 32GB and 64GB versions are identical, except for the size.
- Apple has an event on September 1st. September is usually the launch window for new iPod Touch. Wait a week see if there is something slick right around the corner.

My old Nano is dying. The Touch I own is actually the wife's. Time for a new iPod for me.

And I had heard a possible Touch "4" is coming - web leaks look like it may even have a camera & the iPhone 4's wi-fi video chat. Surely will have the 4's higher-res screen.
post #15 of 17
Yeah, the 960x640 screen, gyroscope, and the 1ghz A4 CPU are almost a certainty. The lack of camera is my biggest disappointment on my 32GB Touch, and would be very glad to see even a pair of 640x480 cameras on the new version.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the posts - just a followup. We ended up going with a PSP. Borrowed a friend's and played some games. Loved it so I picked up a MGS bundle. Purchased Valkyria Chronicles II for $25 at K-Mart (never took off the sticker from their sale 2 months ago -oops). Purchased a 2nd one for the wife. We play MP together and it's a blast - so much that she picked up a Kingdom Hearts bundle. All told, we're loving it so far. Games we have:

Valkyria Chronicles x2
Hot Shots Golf Open Tee 2 x2
Burnout Legends (probably ordering a 2nd)
Buzz Quiz
Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

Potentially getting:
Harvey Birdman (have for PS2 but it's a riot)
Ace Combat (diehard fan - will likely get the older one first and wait for newer to go on sale)

??? Any suggestions? We love the fact that since the PSP has been out so long that there's tons of good/great games for $10-$20.
post #17 of 17
Crush is by far my favorite title on the platform.
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