Most of my posts in this series of features have relayed my many happy years with the console or computer in question but the previous one, a few months ago now, was a little different. It was regarding my tenure as a Game Boy owner which, sadly and for reasons I'm not really able to fathom, I owned only for a rather brief period. Looking back now I find it strange, then, that a decade or so later I decided to give Nintendo's by now-ultra successful handheld another chance.
As it would turn out, no I wouldn't. This may vex some of you, and justifiably so, but believe me - it vexed no one more than I. It was a fantastic little machine; it looked nice, it was a genuine pocket gaming device, the batteries were rechargeable and lasted ages. It should've been perfect for such a long-time gaming fanatic like me, especially one who spent as much time on the bus/train/toilet (don't ask) as I did. Perhaps I was still traumatised by the failure of my beloved Dreamcast, or perhaps I was still spending most of my gaming time using it - I really can't remember. All I do remember is that, much like my brief time with the original Game Boy, I only ever had one game for it. At least it was an appropriate one I suppose...
Pac-Man Collection (2001)
Once again then, despite being a great bit of kit - everything a handheld should be really - Nintendo still failed to ensnare me, and I've no idea why. It's possible, just possible, that when I had the original Game Boy I was still suffering from Sega fanboy syndrome, a condition which in those days meant Nintendo was the enemy. That's one (admittedly stupid) reason I've recently realised could explain my aversion to that handheld, but it was definitely no longer the case by the time the Advance was released - I had (and loved) the SNES and N64 by this point - and it also arguably featured games more to my particular tastes than its predecessors as well, so I'm more at a loss than ever to offer any kind of explanation.
These two incidents, perhaps more than anything else, are why I've never invested in Nintendo's DS. I keep seeing so many great-looking games on it including some superb retro-ish sequels/updates, many of which are exclusives, and I long to play many of them, but... what if it happens again? Dare I take the chance? I suppose it could be worth it just to warble on about it here if nothing else but, assuming I do take the plunge, I really hope I develop an affinity with it this time.