Nintendo DS

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Nintendo DS
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Handheld
Generation Seventh
Lifespan 2004 -
CPU 67.028 MHz ARM946E-S
33.514 MHz ARM7TDMI
Media DS Game cards
Game Boy Advance Cartridge
Storage Cartridge save
Connectivity Wi-Fi
Online Service Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
Release Date Nintendo DS
US November 21, 2004
JP December 2, 2004
EU March 1, 2005
AU February 24, 2005
Nintendo DS Lite
JP March 2, 2006
AU June 2, 2006
US June 11, 2006
EU June 23, 2006
KO January 18, 2007
Units Sold 113.48 million (Original & Lite models combined)
Top Game Nintendogs
Compatibility Game Boy Advance
Predecessor Game Boy Advance
Successor Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DS is Nintendo's latest handheld. It features a two screens, one touch sensitive screen, and internet functionality. The DS is not part of the earlier Game Boy line.

The DS is thought to stand for "Double Screen" or "Developer's System." It's codename was "Project Nitro."




The Nintendo DS's firmware will allow you to play DS and Game Boy Advance games. Along with that, there is PictoChat, a chat progam; DS Download Play, a program that lets you try new games or play multiplayer with other people; an alarm clock; and user information.

Backwards Compatiblity

The DS is able to play Game Boy Advance games, but not earlier games due to a lack of a Zilog Z80 processor. In many games, Gameboy Advance games will unlock extra content in DS games. There are also Option Paks such as a Rumble Pak and a Memory Pak needed to use the DS Browser.


Nintendo DS

The original DS is slightly inferior to it's redesign. It's a bit shorter and heavier. It's screen isn't as bright, the stylus is shorter and thinner, and it's battery doesn't last as long.

Nintendo DS Lite

Released in 2006, the DS Lite is very similar to the original DS. Differences include a longer, slimmer design, brighter screens, an improved stylus, a better battery, and a relocated microphone.

See Also


List of Nintendo DS Games

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