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Nintendo DS
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The original Nintendo DS model
Handheld console
Media used
Nintendo DS cards
Game Boy Advance cartridges
Release date(s)
North America November 21, 2004
Japan December 2, 2004
European Union March 11, 2005
Commonwealth of Australia February 24, 2005

Nintendo DS Lite:
North America June 11, 2006
Japan March 2, 2006
European Union June 23, 2006
Commonwealth of Australia June 1, 2006

Nintendo DSi:
North America April 5, 2009
Japan November 1, 2008
European Union April 3, 2009
Commonwealth of Australia April 2, 2009

The Nintendo DS (ニンテンドーDS, Nintendō Dīesu) is a Nintendo handheld console and the successor to the Game Boy Advance.


Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS features two screens, one of which is a touch screen, a built-in microphone, and wireless capabilities allowing for multiplayer games and applications. The console is also backwards compatible with the Game Boy Advance.

Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite features a slimmer and more lightweight design, and a brighter screen. A special limited edition DS Lite bundle was released both in North America and Europe, each one including a copy of Phantom Hourglass and a Zelda-themed console. The North American version included a golden console with the Triforce, and the European version a silver console with the game logo and artwork of Link and Ciela. The European edition was limited to 1,000 copies.

Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DSi features a larger but thinner design. It also features two digital cameras, a SD card slot, and an online shop. The console is also no longer backwards compatible with the Game Boy Advance. On November 21, 2009, a larger version of the console, named Nintendo DSi XL, was also released.

The Legend of Zelda Games


Due to the backwards compatibility, the console is also able to play the Classic NES Series versions of The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link, as well as A Link to the Past & Four Swords and The Minish Cap.


  • Phantom Hourglass makes use of the DS internal clock, as certain events will take place at midnight according to the internal clock of the system.


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