Before the Nintendo DS got released, Nintendo confidently and repeatedly assured the gaming masses that their new system was something new that revolutionize handheld gaming. True, the DS does have lots of nifty keen features, but the design of the unit is blatantly ripped off of an already established idea: the Game and Watch.
Let’s take a look at some photographic evidence.
Some of the key similarities we can see by looking at the above pictures include:
- Both units have a d-pad
- Both units contain an internal clock and an alarm
- The battery is located in the same spot on both units
- Both units have 2 screens
Of course the DS has all kinds of additional doodads and geegaws to differentiate itself from its older cousin, but the similarites are too striking to be simply happenstance.