Nintendo DS

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Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS Logo.svg
A blue original Nintendo DS.
Also known asiQue DS
Product familyNintendo DS family
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release date
  • NA: November 21, 2004
  • JP: December 2, 2004
  • AU: February 24, 2005
  • EU: March 11, 2005
Retail availability2004–2014
Units sold154.02 million worldwide (as of June 30, 2016) (details)
MediaNintendo game card, ROM cartridge
CPUTwo ARM architecture processors
Memory4 MB RAM
StorageCartridge save
256 KB flash memory
DisplayTwo TFT LCD, 256 × 192 pixels
ConnectivityWi-Fi (802.11b, WEP)
Online servicesNintendo Wi-Fi Connection
Best-selling gameNew Super Mario Bros., 30.80 million (as of September 30, 2016)[1]
Game Boy Advance[a]
PredecessorGame Boy Advance (2001)
SuccessorNintendo 3DS (2011)

The Nintendo DS (also known as DS, NDS, or the DS Phat) is the third handheld system from Nintendo. It was released in 2004 and 2005. It has a successor called the Nintendo 3DS, the very first 3D handheld. The DS is a small, nearly pocket-size fold-up machine that lets people play video games. The games are stored on small cartridges which are like memory card chips from digital cameras. Some games, such as Super Mario 64 DS, were released on the same day as the original DS.

For most of Nintendo's systems, there have been no load times, except for the GameCube and Wii.[source?] With the DS, a level in the game loads up quickly, just like with Game Boy games. This is because cartridges can be read a lot quicker than CDs or DVDs.

The DS also has many new features. It has a new surround sound system. The DS also has backwards compatibility with the Game Boy Advance. However, the DS is incapable of playing the Game Boy or Game Boy Color games. The DS features a touch screen, a screen often used for extra gameplay (like a PDA). The DS packaging comes with two styluses.

Competition[change | change source]

The Nintendo DS is one of the rivals of Sony's PlayStation Portable. However, both Nintendo and Sony state that their products were aimed at different people, so there is "technically" no competition. The DS has currently sold more units than the PSP has.[source?]

Handheld revisions[change | change source]

Nintendo DS Lite[change | change source]

A white Nintendo DS Lite.

Nintendo later developed and newer variation of the Nintendo DS, known as the Nintendo DS Lite. It was first announced on January 26, 2006 and released on March 2, 2006 in Japan and later on June 11, 2006 in North America.

The DS Lite is compatible with the same games. It is smaller, lighter, and brighter and features a backlit screen. Because of its design, the Game Boy Advance games stick out in Slot 2. The second slot also features a cover for players to when not in use. The DS Lite is sold in white, black, pink, blue, red, and silver. This console even has colors such as metallic rose, metallic silver, and black with white. Like the previous model, it was also discontinued in 2014.

Nintendo DSi[change | change source]

A black Nintendo DSi.

In October 2008, Nintendo announced a third model titled the Nintendo DSi. It was released in Japan on November 1, 2008 and released on April 5, 2009 in North America. It is bigger and brighter than the DS Lite and the Game Boy Advance slot was removed. Like the previous two models, this model was also discontinued in 2014.

Nintendo DSi XL[change | change source]

A year later, Nintendo announced a fourth and final model in the DS family called the Nintendo DSi XL. It was released in Japan on November 21, 2009 and released in North America on March 28, 2010. It is a larger version of the DSi and the biggest, heaviest, and brightest of the four models. Like the DSi, the Game Boy Advance slot is removed. Like the previous three models, this model was also discontinued in 2014.

Bestselling games[change | change source]

Some of the DS's bestselling games are Nintendogs, Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros, Brain Age, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and Advance Wars: Dual Strike.

Accessories[change | change source]

There are many accessories for the Nintendo DS, including different coloured styluses and protective cases. Some protective cases include the highly durable Nerf cases. Most DS systems have a screen protector and a car adapter, used to charge the DS in a car.

Sales[change | change source]

The DS has sold 154.01 million units as of July 14, 2015, making it the best selling handheld of all time. It has currently beat the record of its sibling console (The Game Boy/Game Boy Color), which has sold 118.69 million.[2][3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sales Data — Top Selling Software Sales Units — Nintendo DS Software". Nintendo. March 31, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  3. The News Team (2010-01-29). "Wii sales best NES totals, DS sales beat Game Boy". GoNintendo. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  4. JC Fletcher (2010-01-28). "DS sells 125 million worldwide, Wii up to 67 million". JoyStiq. Retrieved 2010-04-16.


  1. DS and DS Lite models only