The Nintendo DSis a portable game console created by Nintendo, launched worldwide across 2004 and also 2005. The DS, an initialism for "Developers' System" or "Double Screen", introduced distinctive brand-new attributes to handheld games: 2 LCD screens working in tandem (the bottom one being a touchscreen), a built-in microphone as well as support for wireless connectivity.Both displays are incorporated within a clamshell design comparable to the Game Kid Advancement SP. The Nintendo DS also includes the ability for several DS gaming consoles to straight interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a brief array without the demand to attach to an existing wireless network. Additionally, they might connect online using the now-defunct Nintendo Wi-Fi Link solution. Its main rival was Sony's PlayStation Portable throughout the 7th generation of video game consoles.
Before its release, the Nintendo DS was marketed as an experimental "third pillar" in Nintendo's console schedule, suggested to match the Game Kid Advancement (GBA) family and also GameCube. Nevertheless, in reverse compatibility with Video game Child Advance titles and also strong sales eventually developed it as the follower to the Video game Child series.On March 2, 2006, Nintendo introduced the Nintendo DS Lite, a slimmer and lighter redesign of the initial Nintendo DS with brighter screens as well as a longer battery. On November 1, 2008, Nintendo released the Nintendo DSi, another redesign with a number of hardware improvements and new functions, although it lost in reverse compatibility for Game Child Advancement titles as well as a few DS games that made use of the ds roms. On November 21, 2009, Nintendo launched a larger variation of the DSi, called the Nintendo DSi XL. All Nintendo DS models combined have actually offered 154.02 million units, making it the very successful Nintendo system, the very popular portable video game console to day, as well as the 2nd very successful computer game console of all time, overall, behind Sony's PlayStation 2. The Nintendo DS line was succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS household in February 2011, which preserves backwards compatibility with almost all Nintendo DS, including Nintendo DSi, software application besides some software program that calls for the GBA slot for usage.
Advancement on the Nintendo DS began around mid-2002, following an original suggestion from former Nintendo head of state Hiroshi Yamauchi concerning a dual-screened console.On November 13, 2003, Nintendo revealed that it would certainly be launching a brand-new video game item in 2004. The business did not supply several details, but stated it would certainly not do well the Video game Child Breakthrough or GameCube.On January 20, 2004, the console was announced under the codename "Nintendo DS". Nintendo launched just a few details at that time, stating that the console would have 2 different, 3-inch TFT LCD show panels, separate processors, and approximately 1 gigabit (128 Megabytes) of semiconductor memory.Current Nintendo president at the time, Satoru Iwata, claimed, "We have established Nintendo DS based upon a totally various concept from existing video game gadgets in order to give players with a special home entertainment experience for the 21st century." He also revealed optimism that the DS would help put Nintendo back at the center of technology and also move away from the traditional photo that has actually been explained about the business in years past.In March 2004, a file containing most of the console's technological specs was dripped, also exposing its inner development name, "Nitro". In May 2004, the console was received prototype kind at E3 2004, still under the name "Nintendo DS". On July 28, 2004, Nintendo exposed a new style that was referred to as "sleeker and also more elegant" than the one revealed at E3 as well as revealed Nintendo DS as the tool's main name.Following lukewarm GameCube sales, Hiroshi Yamauchi emphasized the importance of its success to the business's future, making a statement which can be translated from Japanese as, "If the DS succeeds, we will certainly rise to heaven, yet if it fails we will sink to heck.
President Iwata described Nintendo DS as "Nintendo's very first hardware launch in support of the basic technique 'Pc gaming Populace Growth'" since the touch-based tool "permits individuals to play intuitively". On September 20, 2004, Nintendo announced that the Nintendo DS would certainly be released in North America on November 21, 2004, for US$ 149.99. It was readied to launch on December 2, 2004, in Japan for JP ¥ 15,000; on February 24, 2005, in Australia for A$ 199.95; and also on March 11, 2005, in Europe for EUR149.99 (₤ 99.99 in the United Kingdom). The console was launched in The United States and Canada with a twelve o'clock at night launch occasion at Universal CityWalk EB Gamings in Los Angeles, California. The console was launched quietly in Japan contrasted to the North America launch; one resource mentioned the winter as the reason.Regarding the European launch, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata claimed this:
Europe is a very crucial market for Nintendo, and also we are pleased we can supply such a brief time period between the US as well as European launch. Our team believe that the Nintendo DS will certainly change the method people play video games as well as our goal stays to broaden the game play experience. Nintendo DS caters for the demands of all players whether for more specialized players that want the real obstacle they expect, or the even more informal gamers that want quick, pick up and play fun.
The United States And Canada and also Japan
The Nintendo DS was introduced in North America for US$ 149.99 on November 21, 2004; in Japan for JP ¥ 15,000 on December 2 in the color "Titanium". Well over three million preorders were taken in North America as well as Japan; preorders at on the internet stores were released on November 3 as well as ended the same day as sellers had actually currently offered their allocation. Originally, Nintendo intended to deliver one million devices integrated at the North American and also Japanese launches; when it saw the preorder numbers, it brought an additional manufacturing facility online to increase manufacturing. Nintendo initially slated 300,000 systems for the UNITED STATE launching; 550,000 were shipped, and also just over 500,000 of those sold through in the first week. Later on in 2005, the maker recommended list price for the Nintendo DS was dropped to US$ 129.99.
Both launches verified to be effective, yet Nintendo chose to launch the DS in The United States and Canada prior to Japan, a very first for a hardware launch from the Kyoto-based firm. This selection was made to get the DS out for the biggest shopping day of the year in the UNITED STATE (the day after Thanksgiving, additionally known as "Black Friday"). Possibly partly due to the release date, the DS fulfilled all of a sudden high demand in the USA, offering 1 million devices by December 21, 2004. By the end of December, the overall number delivered worldwide was 2.8 million, concerning 800,000 more than Nintendo's initial forecast.At the very least 1.2 million of them were marketed in the U.S. Some market reporters referred to it as "the Tickle Me Elmo of 2004". In June 2005, Nintendo informed the press that a total of 6.65 million devices had actually been offered worldwide.
As is normal for electronic devices, some were reported as having troubles with stuck pixels in either of the two displays. Return policies for LCD screens vary between makers as well as areas, nevertheless, in The United States and Canada, Nintendo has selected to change a system with repaired pixels just if the owner asserts that it interferes with their pc gaming experience. There were 2 exchange programs in place for North America. In the first, the owner of the malfunctioning DS concerned would certainly offer a valid charge card number and also, later, Nintendo would ship a new DS system to the proprietor with shipping supplies to return the faulty system. In the second, the owner of the malfunctioning DS in question would certainly have delivered their system to Nintendo for inspection. After inspection, Nintendo service technicians would certainly have either delivered a substitute system or dealt with the defective system. The first option enabled the proprietor to have a brand-new DS in 3– 5 business days.
Multiple games were released together with the DS during its North American launch on November 21, 2004. At launch there was one pack-in demonstration, in addition to the integrated PictoChat program: Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt (published by Nintendo and is a demo for Metroid Prime Hunters, a game released in March 2006). At the time of the "Electric Blue" DS launch in June 2005, Nintendo packed the system with Super Mario 64 DS.
In Japan, the video games were launched at the same time as the system's initial launch (December 2, 2004). In the launch duration, The Prince of Tennis 2005 -Crystal Drive- (Konami) as well as Puyo High Temperature (Puyo Pop High Temperature) (Sega) were launched.
As is regular for electronic devices, some were reported as having issues with stuck pixels in either of the two displays. Return plans for LCD screens vary between makers and also areas, however, in North America, Nintendo has picked to change a system with repaired pixels just if the proprietor declares that it hinders their pc gaming experience. There were two exchange programs in position for The United States and Canada. In the first, the owner of the malfunctioning DS in question would give a valid credit card number and, afterward, Nintendo would certainly deliver a brand-new DS system to the owner with delivery supplies to return the malfunctioning system. In the second, the owner of the malfunctioning DS in question would have delivered their system to Nintendo for assessment. After assessment, Nintendo technicians would have either shipped a substitute system or dealt with the malfunctioning system. The first option permitted the proprietor to have a new DS in 3– 5 company days.
Multiple games were released along with the DS throughout its North American launch on November 21, 2004. At launch there was one pack-in trial, along with the built-in PictoChat program: Metroid Prime Hunters: First Search (published by Nintendo as well as is a demonstration for Metroid Prime Hunters, a video game released in March 2006). At the time of the "Electric Blue" DS launch in June 2005, Nintendo packed the system with Super Mario 64 DS.
In Japan, the games were released at the same time as the system's very first release (December 2, 2004). In the launch duration, The Prince of Tennis 2005 -Crystal Drive- (Konami) and Puyo High Temperature (Puyo Pop High Temperature) (Sega) were released.
The DS was released in Europe on March 11, 2005, for EUR149. A little supply of devices was readily available prior to this in a plan with a promotional "VIP" Tees, Metroid Prime Hunters – Initial Quest, a WarioWare: Touched! demonstration and also a pre-release version of Super Mario 64 DS, via the Nintendo Stars Catalogue; the bundle was valued at ₤ 129.99 for the UK as well as EUR189.99 for the rest of Europe, plus 1,000 of Nintendo's "celebrity" commitment points (to cover shipping). As of 23 January 2006, 1 million DS devices had been sold in Europe, setting a sales document for a handheld console.
The European release of the DS, like the UNITED STATE, was initially packaged with a Metroid Prime Hunters: First Quest trial. The European packaging for the console is noticeably a lot more "hostile" than that of the U.S./ Japanese launch. [explanation needed]  The European video game situations are in addition about 1/4 inch thicker than their North American equivalents and also clear rather than strong black. Inside the situation, there is space for one Video game Kid Advance video game pak and a DS card with the guidelines on the left side of the case.
Australia and also New Zealand
The DS released in Australia and also New Zealand on February 24, 2005. It retailed in Australia for AU$ 199 and in New Zealand for NZ$ 249. Like the North American launch, it includes the Metroid Prime Hunters – Very first Hunt demonstration. The first week of sales for the system damaged Australian launch sales documents for a console, with 19,191 systems offered by the 27th.
" iQue DS", the main name of the Chinese Nintendo DS, was released in China on June 15, 2005. The rate of the iQue DS was 980 RMB (roughly US$ 130) as of April 2006. This version of the DS includes updated firmware to shut out the use of the PassMe tool, along with the brand-new Red DS. Chinese launch video games were Zhi Gan Yi Bi (Polarium) (Nintendo/iQue) as well as Momo Waliou Zhizao (WarioWare: Touched!) (Nintendo/iQue). The iQue was likewise the name of the tool that China got as opposed to the Nintendo 64.
The system's advertising slogans focus on words "Touch" in nearly all nations, with the North American slogan being "Touching is excellent."
The Nintendo DS was seen by many analysts to be in the same market as Sony's PlayStation Portable, although agents from both business stated that each system targeted a different audience.Time magazine granted the DS a Device of the Week award.
At the time of its launch in the United States, the Nintendo DS retailed for US$ 149.99. The cost dropped to US$ 129.99 on August 21, 2005, eventually prior to the launches of Nintendogs as well as Development Battles: Twin Strike.
Nine official shades of the Nintendo DS were readily available with standard stores. Titanium-colored systems were readily available globally, Electric Blue was unique to North and also Latin America. There was likewise a red variation which was packed with the video game Mario Kart DS. Graphite Black, Pure White, Blue-green Blue, and also Candy Pink were available in Japan. Mystic Pink and also Planetary Blue were available in Australia as well as New Zealand. Japan's Candy Pink and Australia's Cosmic Blue were also readily available in Europe and North America via a Nintendogs bundle, although the colors are simply described as pink and also blue; nonetheless, these colors were available just for the initial style Nintendo DS; a different as well as more-limited set of colors were used for the Nintendo DS Lite.
Main short article: Nintendo DS sales
Since March 31, 2016, all Nintendo DS designs integrated have sold 154.02 million devices, making it the best-selling portable video game console to date, and the 2nd very successful computer game console of all time.
See also: Nintendo 3DS
The success of the Nintendo DS introduced touchscreen controls as well as wireless online video gaming to a vast target market. According to Damien McFerran of Nintendo Life, the "DS was the first encounter many people had with touch-based tech, and it left an indelible perception."
The DS developed a large laid-back video gaming market, bring in big non-gamer target markets and also establishing touchscreens as the typical controls for future mobile video gaming tools. According to Jeremy Parish, creating for Polygon, the Nintendo DS laid the structures for touchscreen mobile pc gaming on smartphones. He mentioned that the DS "had actually essentially primed the entire globe for" the apple iphone, released in 2007, and that the DS paved the way for iPhone video gaming mobile apps. However, the success of the apple iphone "successfully created the DS market to implode" by the early 2010s, according to Church.
The success of the DS led the way for its follower, the Nintendo 3DS, a portable video gaming console with a similar dual-screen setup that can show photos on the leading display in stereoscopic 3D.
On January 29, 2014, Nintendo introduced that Nintendo DS video games would be added to the Wii U's Virtual Console, with the initial video game, Brain Age: Train Your Mind in Minutes a Day!, being released in Japan on June 3, 2014.
See also: List of Nintendo DS colors and also designs
Stylus for the DS Lite
The Nintendo DS layout resembles that of the multi-screen video games from the Game & Watch line, such as Donkey Kong and Zelda, which was also made by Nintendo.
The reduced display of the Nintendo DS is superimposed with a resisting touchscreen developed to accept input from the consisted of stylus pen, the customer's fingers, or a rounded plastic tab connected to the optional wrist strap. The touchscreen lets users engage with in-game components much more straight than by pressing switches; for example, in the consisted of chatting software, PictoChat, the stylus pen is made use of to compose messages or draw.
The handheld functions four lettered buttons (X, Y, A, B), a directional pad, and Start, Select, and also Power switches. On the top of the device are two shoulder buttons, a video game card port, a stylus owner and a power line input. All-time low features the Video game Young boy Breakthrough video game card slot. The general button layout resembles that of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System controller. When making use of in reverse compatibility setting on the DS, switches X and Y and also the touchscreen are not used as the Video game Boy Development line of systems do not feature these controls.
It also has stereo audio speakers offering digital border audio (depending upon the software application) situated on either side of the top display screen. This was a very first for a Nintendo handheld, as the Video game Young boy line of systems had actually just supported stereo sound with using headphones or exterior audio speakers. A built-in microphone lies listed below the left side of the bottom display. It has been utilized for a range of objectives, including speech recognition, chatting online between and also throughout gameplay sessions, and also minigames that require the player to blow or shout right into it.
The system's promotional slogans revolve around the word "Touch" in nearly all nations, with the North American slogan being "Pressing is good."
The Nintendo DS was seen by lots of experts to be in the same market as Sony's PlayStation Portable, although reps from both firms stated that each system targeted a various audience.Time magazine granted the DS a Gizmo of the Week award.
At the time of its launch in the United States, the Nintendo DS retailed for US$ 149.99. The price dropped to US$ 129.99 on August 21, 2005, eventually before the launches of Nintendogs and Breakthrough Wars: Dual Strike.
9 main colors of the Nintendo DS were readily available with conventional sellers. Titanium-colored devices were available around the world, Electric Blue was exclusive to North as well as Latin America. There was additionally a red variation which was bundled with the video game Mario Kart DS. Graphite Black, Pure White, Turquoise Blue, and Sweet Pink were offered in Japan. Mystic Pink and Planetary Blue were offered in Australia as well as New Zealand. Japan's Candy Pink as well as Australia's Planetary Blue were also available in Europe and North America with a Nintendogs bundle, although the shades are just referred to as pink and blue; nevertheless, these colors were offered only for the original design Nintendo DS; a different and more-limited collection of colors were utilized for the Nintendo DS Lite.
Key post: Nintendo DS sales
As of March 31, 2016, all Nintendo DS designs incorporated have actually offered 154.02 million devices, making it the very popular handheld game console to date, as well as the second best-selling computer game console of all time.
See additionally: Nintendo 3DS
The success of the Nintendo DS introduced touchscreen controls as well as wireless online pc gaming to a vast target market. According to Damien McFerran of Nintendo Life, the "DS was the initial encounter many people had with touch-based tech, and it left an enduring impression."
The DS established a huge casual video gaming market, attracting big non-gamer target markets and also establishing touchscreens as the common controls for future portable gaming gadgets. According to Jeremy Church, composing for Polygon, the Nintendo DS laid the foundations for touchscreen mobile gaming on smart devices. He stated that the DS "had actually essentially primed the whole globe for" the apple iphone, launched in 2007, and that the DS led the way for iPhone gaming mobile apps. Nevertheless, the success of the apple iphone "effectively caused the DS market to implode" by the very early 2010s, according to Church.
The success of the DS led the way for its follower, the Nintendo 3DS, a portable video gaming console with a similar dual-screen setup that can present photos on the leading screen in stereoscopic 3D.
On January 29, 2014, Nintendo revealed that Nintendo DS video games would be added to the Wii U's Virtual Console, with the first game, Mind Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!, being launched in Japan on June 3, 2014.
See also: List of Nintendo DS shades and designs
Stylus for the DS Lite
The Nintendo DS design resembles that of the multi-screen games from the Video game & Watch line, such as Donkey Kong as well as Zelda, which was additionally made by Nintendo.
The reduced screen of the Nintendo DS is superimposed with a resisting touchscreen developed to accept input from the consisted of stylus pen, the user's fingers, or a bent plastic tab attached to the optional wrist band. The touchscreen allows customers communicate with in-game elements much more directly than by pressing switches; for instance, in the included chatting software, PictoChat, the stylus is utilized to write messages or draw.
The portable functions 4 lettered switches (X, Y, A, B), a directional pad, and also Begin, Select, as well as Power switches. On the top of the device are two shoulder buttons, a video game card port, a stylus owner as well as a power cable input. All-time low includes the Video game Kid Development video game card port. The overall switch format looks like that of the Super Nintendo Home entertainment System controller. When making use of backwards compatibility setting on the DS, buttons X and Y as well as the touchscreen are not made use of as the Video game Kid Development line of systems do not feature these controls.
It additionally has stereo audio speakers providing digital surround noise (relying on the software) situated on either side of the top display screen. This was a first for a Nintendo handheld, as the Game Young boy line of systems had actually just sustained stereo noise with the use of earphones or external audio speakers. A built-in microphone lies listed below the left side of the bottom screen. It has actually been used for a range of purposes, including speech recognition, talking online in between and also during gameplay sessions, and minigames that need the gamer to blow or shout right into it.
Main short article: Nintendo DS accessories
Although the secondary port on the Nintendo DS does accept and also support Game Young boy Advance cartridges (but not Video Game Kid or Video game Kid Color cartridges), Nintendo stressed that the main intent for its inclusion was to allow a variety of accessories to be released for the system.
Due to the lack of a second port on the Nintendo DSi, it is not compatible with any device that uses it.
The Rumble Pak was the initial main growth port accessory. In the form of a Game Young boy Development cartridge, the Rumble Pak shakes to reflect the action in suitable video games, such as when the player run across a barrier or sheds a life. It was launched in The United States and Canada and Japan in 2005 bundled with Metroid Prime Pinball.In Europe, it was first offered with the video game Actionloop, and later on Metroid Prime Pinball. The Rumble Pak was also released individually in those areas.
The Nintendo DS Headset is the main headset for the Nintendo DS. It links into the headset port (which is a combination of a basic 3.5 mm (1/8 in) headphone adapter and a proprietary microphone adapter) on the bottom of the system. It features one earphone as well as a microphone, and works with all video games that use the internal microphone. It was launched together with Pokémon Ruby as well as Pearl in Japan, North America, and also Australia.
On February 15, 2006, Nintendo announced a version of the cross-platform internet browser Opera for the DS system.The browser can make use of one display as an overview, a zoomed part of which appears on the various other display, or both displays with each other to present a solitary tall view of the page.The web browser went on sale in Japan and Europe in 2006, and in North America on June 4, 2007. Internet browser procedure requires that a consisted of memory expansion pak is inserted right into the GBA port. The DSi has a web browser offered for download from the Nintendo DSi shop for cost-free.
Wi-Fi USB Connector
This USB-flash-disk-sized accessory links into a PC's USB port as well as creates a miniature hotspot/wireless gain access to factor, allowing a Wii and also up to 5 Nintendo DS units to access the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service via the host computer's Net link. When tried under Linux and also Mac, it works as a normal wireless adapter, linking to cordless networks, an LED blinks when there is data being transferred. There is additionally a hacked chauffeur for Windows XP/Vista/7/ 8/10 to make it function similarly. The Wi-Fi USB Port was terminated from retail stores.