19 Facts About Nintendo DS


Nintendo DS is a handheld game console produced by Nintendo, released globally across 2004 and 2005.

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The Nintendo DS was succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS in February 2011.

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Development on the Nintendo DS began around mid-2002, following an original idea from former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi about a dual-screened console.

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On November 13, 2003, Nintendo DS announced that it would be releasing a new game product in 2004.

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Nintendo DS did not provide many details, but stated it would not succeed the Game Boy Advance or GameCube.

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Nintendo DS released only a few details at that time, saying that the console would have two separate, 3-inch TFT LCD display panels, separate processors, and up to 1 gigabit of semiconductor memory.

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Current Nintendo president at the time, Satoru Iwata, said, "We have developed Nintendo DS based upon a completely different concept from existing game devices in order to provide players with a unique entertainment experience for the 21st century.

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On September 20, 2004, Nintendo announced that the Nintendo DS would be released in North America on November 21, 2004, for US$149.

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Return policies for LCD displays vary between manufacturers and regions, however, in North America, Nintendo DS has chosen to replace a system with fixed pixels only if the owner claims that it interferes with their gaming experience.

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Nintendo DS was seen by many analysts to be in the same market as Sony's PlayStation Portable, although representatives from both companies stated that each system targeted a different audience.

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Success of the Nintendo DS introduced touchscreen controls and wireless online gaming to a wide audience.

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Nintendo DS stated that the DS "had basically primed the entire world for" the iPhone, released in 2007, and that the DS paved the way for iPhone gaming mobile apps.

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Lower display of the Nintendo DS is overlaid with a resistive touchscreen designed to accept input from the included stylus, the user's fingers, or a curved plastic tab attached to the optional wrist strap.

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On February 15, 2006, Nintendo DS announced a version of the cross-platform web browser Opera for the DS system.

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Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Connection was a free online game service run by Nintendo DS.

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Some Nintendo DS retailers featured DS Download Stations that allowed users to download demos of current and upcoming DS games; however, due to memory limitations, the downloads were erased once the system was powered off.

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Nintendo DS is backward compatible with Game Boy Advance cartridges.

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Nintendo DS only uses one screen when playing Game Boy Advance games.

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Nintendo DS games inserted into the top slot are able to detect the presence of specific Game Boy Advance games in the bottom slot.

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