Consider this: Play-Yan over Nintendo MP3 Player

By Spencer . December 29, 2006 . 12:59pm

There’s been some buzz about Nintendo’s MP3 Player that was released in Europe, but I’m disappointed with it. The device really is a stripped down version of the Play-Yan, a media player that was released in Japan a year and a half ago. The main difference is the Play-Yan can play movie files plus MP3s. You need to do some minor video converting with the 3GP converter, but once you’re done you can watch movies on the DS. Seriously, if you’re going to shell out $50 to get the Nintendo MP3 player you mind as well put down an extra $20 for video too. I’ve had my Play-Yan for a while and it’s come in handy while flying. I can shove a bunch of Aqua Teen Hungerforce episodes on it and have spare room for MP3s to listen to when I’m waiting for a train. I can see why Nintendo decided to release the device without video functionality, some people will find converting a pain and movies don’t come out crystal clear like on the PSP. However if you’re even a little techno savvy don’t be fooled, the Play-Yan is worth the little extra cash.


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  • Casey A.

    I bought an off brand version of the Play-Yan from Lik-Sang before they went under simply called the “GBA Movie Player.” It ran from a compact flash card and was a lot cheaper than the Play-Yan. The movie quality was excellent and it also played pictures, text files, music, and even the smaller Famicom roms! (less than 192k, I think). They quality was a little shotty, as expected, though, and it broke about 6 months later. The thing froze when I was updating the firmware, rendering it useless. Still, I’d buy one again if I had to travel a lot, or maybe if I get a Micro. You can find them pretty easily on ebay for $20-$30 including shipping.

  • John H.

    Oy, Nintendo makes great games, but when it comes to putting non-game features into anything they SUCK.

  • the_importer

    I’m still not convinced of the concept of using your gaming device for music. Today’s high sales of small MP3 devices prove that people want something that’s both compact and has a lot of storage. I can’t imagine where Apple would be today if the IPod was never invented.

  • Near_Shadow

    Here’s one great advantage of using the DS MP3 player: you have to buy SD cards to put the MP3′s on. In other words, you won’t have to buy a new MP3 player in 1 or 2 year cause that 1/2 Gb isn’t enough, you can just get a new SD card (by then 4/8 GB cards will be a lot cheaper) and put your old SD card in your Wii or whatever.

    The MP3 player is 30 Euro here, that’s less than 40$. I’m not gonna pay an extra 30$ for a video functionality that I won’t be using.

  • the_importer

    Here’s one great advantage of using the DS MP3 player: you have to buy SD cards to put the MP3’s on. In other words, you won’t have to buy a new MP3 player in 1 or 2 year cause that 1/2 Gb isn’t enough, you can just get a new SD card (by then 4/8 GB cards will be a lot cheaper) and put your old SD card in your Wii or whatever.

    The MP3 player is 30 Euro here, that’s less than 40$. I’m not gonna pay an extra 30$ for a video functionality that I won’t be using.

    Actually, flash reading devices like MP3 players are built with a flash reading limit. This means that we won’t be able to read the cards from 5 years from now (if they have the same format to being with).

  • Marios

    im not totally stupid, just a bit thick; can someone tell me (in simple idiot speak) how to get a video file stored on my PC onto my DS Lite (i have the Nintendo MP3 Player and a 2GB SD Card. Cheers

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