The Nintendo DS (DS for Dual Screen and also called NDS) is a handheld device produced by Nintendo in 2004. The system has a very good reputation for its unique ability of having two screens (hence the name). The device has since become the most sold handheld of all time. In March 2006, a newer version of the model titled the Nintendo DS Lite was released. In November 2008, a third model titled the Nintendo DSi was released and a year later, a fourth and final model in the DS Line titled the Nintendo DSi XL was released. All the four models were discontinued in 2014 and were succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS line in 2011.
The DS was released in Japan and the United States in November and December 2004, and elsewhere in 2005. The launch title for the game as none other than Super Mario 64 DS, albeit not being the most popular game.
The DS had many great titles that are worth checking out, but these don't need to be mentioned here.
The DS (original) was two screens held together by hinges. The top one was where the main game took place (usually) and had no buttons. The bottom part was home to the buttons, which were the D-Pad, the A/B/X/Y configuration, and other buttons. The color could vary, but the one in the article picture is grey, the default color. In addition, the DS, along with the DS Lite, can play Game Boy Advance games, but the DSi and DSi XL can't.
Nintendo DS Lite
The Nintendo DS Lite is a smaller, slimmer, and brighter version of the original DS. Like its predecessor, it can also play Game Boy Adavance games.
The Nintendo DSi is a bigger and brighter version of the DS Lite. The Game Boy Advance slot was removed, which caused alot of disppointment when it came out.
Nintendo DSi XL
The Nintendo DSi XL (called Nintendo DSi LL in Japan) is a larger and brighter version of the DSi as well as the biggest, heaviest, and brightest of the four models. Like its predecessor, Game Boy Advance games cannot be played.
Games in the Super Mario 64 series
- Super Mario 64 DS (2004)
- IGN: US DSi Release Detailed, accessed 2009-02-18