The Nintendo DS's touchscreen interface may have helped push the industry in a new direction, but its real innovation is a bit more subliminal. Tom Endo explains how portable gaming has gotten a little more cozy lately.
Rub, Wiggle and Blow
Touch and handheld gaming.
Simple, cheap methods of piracy have made the Nintendo DS the most vulnerable portable console ever. There's a reason why Nintendo doesn't care.
According to the NPD Group, 79 percent of portable gamers use their devices at home more than any other location. Why the reluctance to go out and play? Nova Barlow examines what's keeping portable gaming behind closed doors.
The Nintendo DS has a built-in microphone for a reason: humiliating yourself in front of strangers. Jiahui Cai details her increasingly bold attempts to play voice-activated DS games in public.
What will Final Fantasy XIII have in common with the Battleship Yamato, Japan's most powerful World War II-era dreadnought? Just like the ship, the game will already be obsolete by the time it comes out. Ray Huling examines the evolution of the Final Fantasy series.