|Released|| November 21, 2004 |
December 2, 2004
February 24, 2005
March 11, 2005
|Predecessor|| Game Boy Advance|
|Successor|| Nintendo 3DS|
The Nintendo DS went on sale in North America on November 21, 2004. The DS, short for "Developers' System" or "Dual Screen", introduced distinctive new features to handheld gaming: two LCD screens working in tandem (the bottom one featuring a touchscreen), a built-in microphone, and support for wireless connectivity. Both screens are encompassed within a clamshell design similar to the Game Boy Advance SP.
The Nintendo DS also features the ability for multiple DS consoles to directly interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a short range without the need to connect to an existing wireless network. Alternatively, they can interact online using the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection service, but this has since been discontinued.
Types of DS
There are currently 4 different versions of the Nintendo DS, all with bottom touch screens. The first is the Nintendo DS with a somewhat bulky build. The second is the Nintendo DS Lite, known for the slimmer body. More DS Lite consoles have been sold than any other DS model so far. The third is the Nintendo DSi, with 2 cameras and matte surface to produce less fingerprints. The Nintendo DSi XL was released in Japan in late 2009, early March in Europe and released in the United States on March 28, 2010.
Nintendo announced in 2010 that they were planning to make a successor to the DS series that utilized 3D technology, called the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS was released on March 27, 2011 in North America.