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This article is about the handheld video game system. For the battle course, see .
"DS" redirects here. For information about the web Flash game, see .
“Pick up and play.”
— European advertisement slogan for the Nintendo DS
“Touching is good.”
— US advertisement slogan for the Nintendo DS
The DS is the first Nintendo system to include wireless functions, allowing it to link up with other DS's without any wires or add-ons. This was also the first system Nintendo made to go online ( being the first Nintendo-made online game), using the . On the original DS and the DS Lite, WPA encrypted networks are not supported.
The Nintendo DS had the , , , , and buttons from the , plus two new buttons: and , making it identical to the .
Before the official name's release, Iris was the first codename for the handheld that would be the successor of the Game Boy Advance. Later, it was called Nitro when the new device created had two screens.
The Nintendo DS (including DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL) sold 128.90 million units as of 2010, making it Nintendo's best selling video game console and the highest-selling handheld console in the world. In February of 2011, the DS line was superseded by the .
Since May 20, 2014, online play for many Nintendo DS games has been discontinued due to the closing of the service. The DSi Shop was later discontinued on March 31, 2017.
The graphical capability of the DS is said to be on par with the , albeit with enhanced 3D modeling but more pixelated textures due to lack of texture filtering.
Nintendo DS LiteA Polar White DS Lite with a stylus
A newer model named the Nintendo DS Lite was released in 2006 and contains all the features of the original Nintendo DS with some new features such as a significantly brighter screen (with four adjustment options), a lighter weight, and a smaller overall size (having the negative side effect of a regular cartridge protruding out from the bottom, similar to playing a Game Boy or Game Boy Color cartridge in the Game Boy Advance). The Nintendo DS Lite sold 89.19 million units as of 2010. It was also the final handheld system to have backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance games.
Nintendo DSi and DSi XLMain article: The Nintendo DSi
A third model, called the Nintendo DSi, was announced on October 2nd, 2008. It is thinner, lighter, and brighter than the Nintendo DS Lite, having removed the Game Boy Advance slot. However, this means that the Nintendo DS Rumble Pack, which was used with titles such as , cannot be used. Two cameras, music playback functions, Wi-Fi, internet browser, larger screens, and a Wii-like channel interface were added. Additionally, the console supports WPA encrypted networks.
The DSi is also able to download games from the Nintendo DSi Shop, which are then stored on an SD Card or in internal memory. It was released in Japan on November 1st, 2008, in North America on April 5th 2009 and in Europe on April 13th, 2009. The DSi's front has a camera lens, and another, smaller lens is located where the mic was positioned on the Lite, allowing for photos to be taken with the DSi. In 2009, Nintendo later released the , with the "XL" standing for "Extra Large." It is also the heaviest of the four models.A Nintendo DS Stylus
The Stylus is a pencil-like accessory that comes included with the Nintendo DS system. The instrument is often used in conjunction with the touch screen. Usually, the stylus is used to make menu selections, which the player can do by bringing the stylus in contact with their selection on the touch screen. The stylus is often helpful or required in gameplay. For example, , , and require the use of the stylus for such as and . The stylus is also necessary to make toys , in .
On the DS, the stylus slot is located on the back, and is inserted downwards, relatively to the DS itself. On the DS Lite and DSi, however, it was relocated to the right side of the system, and is inserted from right to left, relative to the DS Lite or DSi.
The stylus for the DS is noticeably thinner than the stylus for the DS Lite. A DS generally comes with two styluses, and extras can be purchased from stores or special ones from promotions.
MicrophoneThe Microphone on the Nintendo DS Lite
The Microphone is a feature on the Nintendo DS. On the original DS, it is at the lower left-hand corner, right below the screen. On the DS Lite, it is at the middle in between the two screens. Its function is to accept audio input. On the DSi, this position is replaced by the Camera, and the Microphone was moved about 2 cm to the right. Blowing into it will allow events to happen in the game that the player is playing, such as . In other games, the player must say words into the Microphone. In , the player must clap into the mic to gain inspiration from the crowd in Long Jump and Triple Jump. Also, in the game , the player needs to use the microphone at certain points, such as breathing out fire as Giant Bowser.
Rumble PakMain article:
This accessory is shaped like a Game Boy Advance game pak, which it plugs into the bottom of the Nintendo DS. It is incompatible with or . Some Mario games are compatible with it, such as .
Appearances in the Mario series
The plot of revolves around obtaining a gaming console resembling a Nintendo DS and using it to market new microgames. Occasionally, a Nintendo DS can be seen in the microgame.
Mario Kart DS
One of the battle courses in is the . Also some billboards in Mario Circuit features a picture of the DS.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in TimeA Shroob holding a silver, flip-top communicator
In , call by using a silver, flip-top communicator. Because the Nintendo DS has the capability to send verbal messages to friends, this may be a reference to the Nintendo DS. Additionally, is shown to own a he used to locate at the beginning of the game; he later uses the DS to operate the .
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
In , the that run and are shaped like DS systems. Additionally, uses a device that resembles a Nintendo DS to track down the .
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
In , a Nintendo DS appears in the , and as one of the possible baits.
Super Paper Mario
includes a computer console called the , which is modeled after the Nintendo DS Lite (and can also be abbreviated "DS"). There is also a two-screened handheld that resembles a Nintendo DS known as a , which the fortune teller wanted to use to train her brain (which, in turn, is a reference to the popular DS title, and in PAL regions "Brain Training").
Mario Strikers Charged
In , Strikers' Times are shown on the Touch Screen of a Nintendo DS Lite.
Mario Party DS
In when the player defeats at the end of the story mode, the five join and form something like a crystal Nintendo DS, unlocking .
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
One of the names that can appear whenever a player presses the random button when they're naming their custom stage is "DS". Also, a stage based on the included in the Nintendo DS makes an appearance in , complete with its very own DS emblem. Finally, in the Trophy Hoard option, a black Nintendo DS Lite appears in the background with the presents.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
features a successor to the original PictoChat stage, .
Donkey Kong Country Returns
In , if left idle for long enough, will pull out a Nintendo DS Lite to play a game.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
In , uses a device called the to communicate with . The Dual Scream is essentially the equivalent of the (similar to a ) that Luigi uses in .
Prototype model shown at E3 2004
Nintendo DS backwards compatibility with the
Electric Blue Nintendo DS
A black Nintendo DS Lite
A pink Nintendo DS Lite
A turquoise Nintendo DS Lite
A regular North American charger for the Nintendo DS Lite
The system's logo
The home menu (Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite models)
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Please upload all related music, sound effects, voice clips, or any videos for this section. See the page for information on how to get started.The Pink Ribbon Nintendo DS Lite
- If the DS or DS Lite is turned on on the date that the user has set as their birthday, a high pitched chime will play. The DSi and DSi XL will not do this.
- At one point, a special "Pink Ribbon" Nintendo DS Lite was released in late September 2008. For every one bought, would be donated to the .
- One of the possible names for the DS was City Boy. This name made it possible for Nintendo to continue the Game Boy brand (seen as a child's toy) while trying to appeal to an urban young adult crowd.
- The Nintendo DS is the only handheld system to have neither a or label on select video games.
Nintendo DS's page on other wikis:
- , accessed 2009-02-18
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