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Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS
Production Credits
Developer(s)

Nintendo

Manufacturer(s)

Foxconn

Distribution
Release Date

NA November 21, 2004
JP December 2, 2004
AUS February 24, 2005
EU March 11, 2005

Unit(s) sold

Worldwide: 153.99 million, all models combined (as of June 30, 2014)

Best selling game

New Super Mario Bros., 30.75 million (as of March 31, 2014)

Platform

Handheld game console

Media

Nintendo DS Game Card
Game Boy Advance cartridge

CPU

One 67.028 MHz ARM946E-S[2] and one 33.514 MHz ARM7TDMI

Storage

4 MB RAM
Cartridge save

Backward compatibility

Game Boy Advance (DS & DS Lite only)

Chronology
Generation

Seventh generation era

Preceded by

Gameboy Advance

Followed by

Nintendo DS Lite (redesign)
Nintendo DSi (redesign)
Nintendo DSi XL (redesign)
Nintendo 3DS (successor)

  
 The Nintendo DS is Nintendo's seventh generation portable video game system. It's unique in the fact that it has two screens, both of which usually affect gameplay. The Nintendo DS also has a backward capability with Game Boy Advance games. The representation of the Star Fox series on the Nintendo DS is Star Fox Command.

General Info

Nintendo DSlogo

The Logo for the DS.

The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated to DS or NDS, and now officially renamed Original Style Nintendo DS) is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in 2004 in Canada, the United States, and Japan. The console features a clamshell design, similar to the Game Boy Advance SP, with two LCD screens inside - with the bottom one being a touchscreen. The Nintendo DS also features a built-in microphone and supports wireless IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) standards, allowing players to interact with each other within short range (10–30 m, depending on conditions) or online with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, which launched later in the console's lifespan. This was the first Nintendo console to be released in North America prior to Japan.

The system's code name was Nitro, and this can be seen in the model number that appear on the unit (NTR-001). The console's name officially refers to "Developers' System", in reference to the new game design the system was meant to inspire, and "Dual Screen", the system's most obvious and distinct feature.

On March 2, 2006, Nintendo released the Nintendo DS Lite, a redesign of the Nintendo DS, in Japan. It was later released in North America, Europe, and Australia in June 2006. The DS Lite is a slimmer and lighter version of the Nintendo DS and has brighter screens. Nintendo of America refers to the older model as the "original style" Nintendo DS.

Hardware

The lower display of the Nintendo DS is overlaid with a touchscreen, designed to accept input from the included stylus, the user's fingers, or a curved plastic tab attached to the optional wrist strap. The touchscreen allows users to interact with in-game elements more directly than by pressing buttons; for example, in the included chatting software, PictoChat, the stylus is used to write messages or draw.

Traditional controls are located on either side of the touchscreen. To the left is a D-pad, with a narrow Power button above it, and to the right are the A, B, X, and Y buttons, with narrow Select and Start buttons above them. Shoulder buttons L and R are located on the upper corners of the lower half of the system. The overall button layout is similar to the controller of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom in Japan).

The Nintendo DS features stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound (depending on the software) located on either side of the upper display screen. This is a first for a Nintendo handheld, as the Game Boy line of systems has only supported stereo sound through the use of headphones or external speakers.

A built-in microphone is located below the left side of the bottom screen. It has been used for a variety of purposes, including speech recognition (Nintendogs, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!), chatting online between and during gameplay sessions (Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), and minigames that require the player to blow or shout into the microphone.

Successors

The Nintendo DS was redesigned as the Nintendo DS Lite, which was succeeded by the Nintendo DSi, which resembles the DS Lite but with built in cameras and other extra features including a music player and access to the DSiWare digital download service through the Nintendo DSi Shop. The Nintendo 3DS is the successor to the Nintendo DS line altogether, touting features such as 3D visuals without the need for special glasses, improved graphics capabilities, a "tag mode" likened to WiiConnect24, among other new features. Star Fox 64 3D a remake of Star Fox 64, was released for the system in 2011.

Nintendo Video Game Consoles
Home Consoles
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Handhelds
Nintendo DS | Nintendo 3DS
Other
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