Well...I don't hate the system...yet. But I do intensely hate Metroid Prime: Hunters! I played through the whole demo tonight on my spankin new DS and holy crap do I hate it. Here's why.
It turns out the DS is VERY designed for the majority of you that happen to be conveniently right handed. Now...you wouldn't think it's a problem....until you try and use the A/B/X/Y buttons as a D-pad. I can't use the D-pad cause I have to use the stylus with my left hand. You'd think "Well...why not try right handed mode and use the stylus or thumbstrap on the right hand? Two problems. First...being left handed...I'm virtually incapable of using the stylus with my right hand. Same goes for the thumbstrap...I don't have the coordination. And...my thumb is big enough that it obscures half the touch screen..virtually eliminating the use of touch fire mode....can't even SEE the screen when I use my thumb.
So you'd think that'd be the end of my problems. Well...that's not all! Turns out the stylus is about half the size it needs to be to be ergonomic for my hand. After about 5 minutes I was getting instant hand cramps. I can barely use regular ball point pens anymore as they're pretty much too small...and Nintendo expects me to use THAT?? I might as well be using a toothpick. Sheesh.
So in short...
Metroid Prime: Hunters - Every control scheme is deficient for my particular needs in some way. And not for lack of trying. Heck, when I tried the button only configuration (since all the others sucked for me), they reversed up and down...and you can't change it! No mappable buttons. I can't hold the DS in my hands and play it...I HAVE to set it on a flat surface...or balance it on my leg.
DS system - Stylus is WAY too small for the average person. System is inherently difficult to control for left handed people, especially ones required to use the stylus and D-pad...buttons don't cut it as a D-Pad. Also, while I had no burnt pixels, I DO have a pesky piece of dirt stuck under my top screen...in the EXACT center. And it won't move. Honestly...that's as bad or worse than a burnt pixel...poor QC.
Total rating.... 6/10. Nice unit, great sound, nice LOOKING...but semi-unfeasible from a technical standpoint for left handed people. If it's a struggle to play a game...I have a problem. Also...the screen angle is slightly wrong for me....if I adjust it differently, I get a cleaner picture...but there's no spot for it to adjust anywhere but the one position. Oh yeah...and Pictochat is neat...but I have no one to test it with.
Overall - Bah.