Nintendo DS console history

About 154 million Nintendo DS consoles have been sold till date, making it the world’s best selling ‘handheld’ gaming console of all times. Nintendo DS consoles are also the second best selling video gaming console of all times. From its inception in November, 2004, through its retail availability until December 2007, there have been several Nintendo DS consoles in the series. Post 2007, the Nintendo DS consoles have been discontinued and it made way for larger video game consoles from the brand.

The series of Nintendo DS consoles comprise of Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL and Nintendo 3DS. While most models were redesigns of existing or preceding models, the Nintendo 3DS was a true successor of the first Nintendo DS consoles.

The dual screen handheld gaming console had become an instant rage upon its launch. There have been numerous changes to its designs and features, although not very dramatic, through the years. However, the Nintendo DS consoles typically had similar specs. The first Nintendo DS consoles weight about 5 grams or 9.7 oz, measured about 148.77 mm in width, 84.7 mm in depth and 28.9 mm in height. The two TFT LCD screens measured about 62 by 46 mm or 2.4 by 1.8 inches, 77 mm or 3 inches in diagonal length and 0.24 mm dot pitch with an 18 bit depth and 21 mm gap between the screens. The screens had a support for 262,144 colors and display resolution of 256 × 192 pixels.

The Nintendo DS consoles are powered by 2 ARM processors that boasted of a 32 bit ARM946E-S main CPU, a 67 MHz clock speed and 32 bit ARM7TDMI coprocessor with a 33 MHz clock speed. The device has Wi-Fi support and a 4 MB RAM. There are multiple input points on the Nintendo DS consoles, including a power button, 8 digital buttons, a D-pad, resistive touch screen, a microphone, 1.65 v rechargeable 850 mAh lithium-ion battery, 256 kB of serial flash memory and a built-in 802.11 wireless network connection.

The Nintendo devices also come in with a horde of accessories including the Rumble Pak, headset, browser, Wi-Fi USB connector, MP3 player and guitar grip controller. There are also a set of software including one for Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, a Download Play, Multi-card Play, PictoChat and Firmware.


Till date, the Nintendo R4 DS consoles are among the most favorite video gaming consoles.

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