I own a Nintendo DS, the limited edition red DS system they released with Mario Kart DS. I love my DS. I love the color, that solid, vibrant red. It looks classy, not girlie or gay as Marc Klein called it at last year’s Shore Leave.
It’s funny. I may have scoffed at the idea of the DS before its release (and I did), and I may have wondered why anyone would want what’s basically a souped up GameBoy with a touchscreen, but now I think it’s a nifty piece of engineering. Moreover, for all the time I’ve spent around video games I spend shockingly little time playing video games, except for my DS. I won’t say I have a great DS library, because I don’t. But what I do have, I like.
I’m not sure when I noticed Sudoku puzzles in the newspaper. I’m not sure when I noticed books of sudoku puzzles in the bookstores. I do remember that I always thought sudoku was weird. What’s the appeal? Fill in the boxes with numbers? Huh? What?
Over the summer Nintendo released a sudoku game for the DS. It was inexpensive–just twenty dollars–so I had to investigate.
As I’d never even thought about attempting a sudoku puzzle in the newspaper I had no idea how to play. Fortunately the game came to my rescue, and it took me through a brief tutorial. Figure out what the number is, write it on the screen. Simple. The basics down, I went to town. 🙂
And I discovered that I was very good at sudoku. Decently fast, and very accurate. I can’t solve a Rubik’s Cube, but sudoku puzzles are nothing.
It’s what I play, like every day. Sudoku on my Nintendo DS. Sometimes one puzzle. Sometimes three or four. Keeps the brain sharp, so they tell me. No mad cow disease here.
I know there are other games I could play on my DS. But I’m happy with sudoku. I wonder if sudoku is happy with me…. 😉