Micro goes retro

The PSP can steam off into the future with its multiplayer Wi-Fi gaming if it likes – the Game Boy's got a rich gaming past to mine, and it's just exc

The PSP can steam off into the future with its multiplayer Wi-Fi gaming if it likes – the Game Boy's got a rich gaming past to mine, and it's just excavated this lovely new Game Boy Micro.

Few companies carry as much nostalgic weight as Nintendo, and the Special 20th Anniversary Edition Micro is apparently its gift to the early adopters of its NES system.

The console will be launched on 28th November in the US on the NES' official birthday and cost $100, although there's no official date yet on a UK launch. It should, though, make it across the Atlantic in time to bulge a few Christmas stockings.

If you were at the Best of Stuff show (and if not, you should be ashamed of yourself) you'd have noticed that the Game Boy Micro was sat on a stand at number six on our Cool List. Yes, we're big fans of the harmonica-sized console, and playing on our absurd nostalgia for our gaming glory days won't do it any harm.

The 80g handset also adds some variety to the portable gaming line-up alongside the feature-packed Sony PSP, Nintendo DS and Gizmondo.  Sometimes, a quick fix of Mario Kart is all you need, and the Micro is basic gaming at it's best.

First play on Mario Kart DS

So, we just spent a tough lunchtime playing a preview of Mario Kart DS. You'd expect us to be ecstatic, right? Well, sadly not. The latest incarnation of everyone's most fondly remembered racer looks the part but it's all a bit underwhelming: gameplay doesn't get the heart beating or add anything new and the DS' touchscreen is hardly used at all (it functions as a map toggle). We'll reserve our final judgement - merciful types that we are - until the full version's released later this month.

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