Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS, or simply DS, is a line of handheld video game console generated by Nintendo. The tool released around the world throughout 2004 as well as 2005. The DS, an initialism for “Developers’ System” or “Double Screen”, presented distinct new features to portable pc gaming: two LCD screens working in tandem (the bottom one being a touchscreen), an integrated microphone as well as assistance for wireless connection. Both displays are incorporated within a clamshell layout comparable to the Game Boy Advance SP. The Nintendo DS also features the ability for numerous DS gaming consoles to straight interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a brief array without the requirement to attach to an existing wireless network. Conversely, they could interact online making use of the now-defunct Nintendo Wi-Fi Link service. Its major rival was Sony’s PlayStation Portable during the seventh generation of video game consoles.

Prior to its launch, the Nintendo DS was marketed as an experimental “3rd column” in Nintendo’s console lineup, indicated to complement the Video game Young boy Development and GameCube. Nevertheless, backward compatibility with Video game Child Development titles as well as strong sales inevitably established it as the follower to the Game Young boy collection. On March 2, 2006, Nintendo released the Nintendo DS Lite, a slimmer and also lighter redesign of the initial Nintendo DS with brighter displays. On November 1, 2008, Nintendo released the Nintendo DSi, another redesign with numerous equipment renovations and new attributes, although it lost backwards compatibility for Game Kid Development titles and a couple of original DS games that made use of the GBA port. All Nintendo DS designs incorporated have sold 154.02 million systems, making it the best marketing handheld video game console to date, and the second best marketing computer game console of all time behind Sony’s PlayStation 2. The Nintendo DS line was prospered by the Nintendo 3DS family in 2011, which preserves backward compatibility with almost all Nintendo DS software with the exception of some software that requires the GBA port for use.



Advancement on the Nintendo DS started around mid-2002, following an original suggestion from previous Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi about a dual-screened console. On November 13, 2003, Nintendo revealed that it would certainly be releasing a new game item in 2004. The firm did not supply lots of information, yet mentioned it would not be successful the Video game Young boy Breakthrough or GameCube. On January 20, 2004, the console was introduced under the codename “Nintendo DS”. Nintendo released just a few details at that time, saying that the console would certainly have 2 separate, 3-inch TFT LCD show panels, separate cpus, and approximately 1 gigabit (128 Megabytes) of semiconductor memory. Existing Nintendo president at the time, Satoru Iwata, said, “We have created Nintendo DS based upon a totally various idea from existing video game tools in order to supply players with an unique entertainment experience for the 21st century.” He likewise revealed optimism that the DS would certainly aid put Nintendo back at the center of technology and also move away from the traditional picture that has been described regarding the business in years past. In March 2004, a document containing the majority of the console’s technical specifications was leaked, likewise exposing its internal development name, “Nitro”. In Might 2004, the console was displayed in prototype kind at E3 2004, still under the name “Nintendo DS”. On July 28, 2004, Nintendo exposed a brand-new style that was called “sleeker and a lot more stylish” than the one shown at E3 and also announced Nintendo DS as the gadget’s official name. Complying with lukewarm GameCube sales, Hiroshi Yamauchi worried the relevance of its success to the firm’s future, making a statement which can be equated from Japanese as, “If the DS does well, we will certainly rise to heaven, however if it fails we will certainly sink to heck.


President Iwata referred to Nintendo DS as “Nintendo’s very first hardware launch on behalf of the basic approach ‘Pc gaming Population Expansion'” because the touch-based device “allows individuals to play with ease”. On September 20, 2004, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo DS would certainly be launched in North America on November 21, 2004 for US$ 149.99. It was readied to release on December 2, 2004 in Japan ( ¥ 15000); on February 24, 2005 in Australia ($ 199.95); and also on March 11, 2005 in Europe (₤ 99.99/ EUR149.99). The console was launched in North America with a midnight launch occasion at Universal CityWalk EB Gamings in Los Angeles, The Golden State. The console was released quietly in Japan contrasted to the North America launch; one resource mentions the winter as the factor. Pertaining to the European launch, Nintendo Head of state Satoru Iwata claimed this:

” Europe is an incredibly important market for Nintendo, as well as we are pleased we can offer such a short amount of time in between the United States as well as European launch. We believe that the Nintendo DS will change the means people play video games as well as our mission continues to be to increase the video game play experience. Nintendo DS provides for the demands of all players whether for even more committed players that want the genuine obstacle they anticipate, or the even more informal gamers who want fast, grab and also play enjoyable” Games for your device can be downloaded on our website


The system’s advertising mottos revolve around the word “Touch” in mostly all countries, with the North American motto being “Touching is great.”

The Nintendo DS was seen by several experts to be in the same market as Sony’s PlayStation Portable, although representatives from both companies have actually claimed that each system targets a different target market. Time publication granted the DS a Gadget of the Week award.

At the time of its release in the United States, the Nintendo DS retailed for US$ 149.99. The cost went down to US$ 129.99 on August 21, 2005, one day before the releases of Nintendogs and Development Wars: Twin Strike.

Nine official shades of the Nintendo DS were readily available via typical retailers. Titanium-colored devices were offered globally, Electric Blue was unique to North and Latin America. There was additionally a red version which was packed with the game Mario Kart DS. Graphite Black, Pure White, Blue-green Blue, and also Sweet Pink were available in Japan. Mystic Pink and Planetary Blue were offered in Australia and also New Zealand. Japan’s Sweet Pink as well as Australia’s Cosmic Blue were likewise readily available in Europe and also The United States And Canada via a Nintendogs bundle, although the shades are simply referred to as pink and blue; nonetheless, these colors were available only for the initial design Nintendo DS; a different and also more-limited collection of shades were utilized for the Nintendo DS Lite.


The Nintendo DS layout resembles that of the multi-screen games from the Video game & Watch line, such as Donkey Kong and Zelda, which was additionally made by Nintendo.

The lower display of the Nintendo DS is overlaid with a resistive touchscreen made to approve input from the consisted of stylus pen, the individual’s fingers, or a rounded plastic tab affixed to the optional wrist band. The touchscreen allows customers interact with in-game components extra straight than by pushing buttons; as an example, in the consisted of chatting software application, PictoChat, the stylus pen is made use of to compose messages or draw.

The handheld attributes four lettered switches (X, Y, A, B), a directional pad, and Begin, Select, and Power buttons. On the top of the device are two shoulder switches, a video game card port, a stylus holder and also a power cable input. The bottom includes the Video game Young boy Breakthrough game card slot. The overall button format appears like that of the Super Nintendo Amusement System controller. When making use of backwards compatibility mode on the DS, buttons X and also Y and also the touchscreen are not used as the Game Kid Development line of systems do not feature these controls.

It also has stereo speakers providing online surround sound (depending on the software application) located on either side of the upper display screen. This was a very first for a Nintendo handheld, as the Game Boy line of systems had only supported stereo noise through using headphones or exterior audio speakers. An integrated microphone lies below the left side of the bottom screen. It has actually been utilized for a selection of objectives, including speech acknowledgment, chatting online in between and during gameplay sessions, as well as minigames that need the gamer to blow or shout right into it.


Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite is the initial redesign of the Nintendo DS. While maintaining the initial model’s fundamental qualities, it features a sleeker look, larger stylus pen, longer enduring battery as well as brighter screens. Nintendo considered a bigger model of the Nintendo DS Lite for launch, but made a decision against it as sales of the initial redesign were still strong. It was the final DS to have in reverse compatibility with Game Child Advance games. As of March 31, 2014, deliveries of the DS Lite had reached 93.86 million units worldwide, according to Nintendo

Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DSi is the 2nd redesign of the Nintendo DS. It is based upon the unreleased larger Nintendo DS Lite design. While similar to the previous DS redesign, new attributes include two inner as well as external 0.3 megapixel electronic cameras, a bigger 3.25 inch display, inner and exterior web content storage, compatibility with WPA cordless encryption, and connection to the Nintendo DSi Shop.

Nintendo DSi XL

The Nintendo DSi XL (DSi LL in Japan) is a larger style of the Nintendo DSi, and also the first design of the Nintendo DS family of consoles to be a dimension variant of a previous one. It features bigger screens with larger sight angles, boosted battery life, and also a higher total dimension than the initial DSi. While the original DSi was particularly made for individual use, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recommended that DSi XL buyers offer the console a “stable position on a table in the living-room”, to ensure that it might be shared by multiple home participants

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