Nintendo DS

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Nintendo DS







DS Lite






The Nintendo DS was the fourth handheld video game system developed by Nintendo (fifth if you include the Game Boy Advance SP). It had two screens (hence "DS," meaning double screen), the bottom of which being a touch screen. Players can use the stylus (a pen looking thing) to do actions on the bottom screen. It has a similar button layout/style as the SNES-controller; a D-pad, 4 buttons (A, B, X and Y), 2 shoulder-buttons (L and R), and Start & Select buttons. Additionally, the DS also has a microphone attachment to interact with certain games.


There were multiple versions of the original DS all listed below.

Original Nintendo DS

The original Nintendo DS has a simpler and much older looking design than the later versions. The microphone is located below the touch screen (to the left), there are also two lights located below the bottom screen (one indicating power on/off and the other indicating whether the charger is connected).

On this particular version you can play Game Boy Advance games due to the bottom input for GBA CARTRIDGES - this input is also used for such games as Guitar Hero.

Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite has a much more modern look than the original, as well as being slightly more compact in design. There are a few minor differences than the original though, such as the microphone location (now located between the two screens) and a different charger.

Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DSi has a similar design as the Nintendo DS Lite; however this version includes two cameras. One is located on the front (next to the microphone) and one on the back. It also features a micro-sd slot and improved speakers. This version, however, does not have a bottom input for Game Boy Advance games.

Nintendo DSi XL

The Nintendo DSi XL is the same design as the original DSi; however the screens are 93% larger.


There was a total of two Zelda games released for the Nintendo DS: Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

Phantom Hourglass

Main article: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Spirit Tracks

Main article: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks