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Nintendo DS Video Game Consoles

The Nintendo DS is a dual-screen hand-held video game system developed by Nintendo. Released in 2004, the DS has sold more than 150 million units. The system was designed to appeal to traditional Nintendo gamers and casual gamers.

What are the features of the Nintendo DS hand-held system?

The DS features two LCD displays, both of which have a resolution of 256 x 192 pixels. The bottom display features touch-screen controls, allowing users to interact with the games in a more intuitive manner. Many games are built exclusively around the touch-screen controls. Nintendogs, for example, lets the player interact with virtual dogs through the touch-screen interface, and the dogs will respond to the player's touch in a realistic manner.

The system features Wi-Fi capabilities that let users wirelessly connect with other nearby systems. The system's rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to 10 hours, and it can be fully recharged around 500 times. The system comes with a stylus, a wrist strap, and preinstalled software. The Pictochat software, for instance, can be used to draw pictures or write notes and send them wirelessly to other systems. The clamshell design also allows the system to be folded in half, protecting the screens from damage.

How many games are available on the Nintendo DS?

The DS library consists of around 1,800 physical titles. The library features a combination of familiar Nintendo franchises, including Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, and Animal Crossing. Other game options include Brain Age and Nintendogs. The system also received several ports of Nintendo 64 games such as Super Mario 64 DS. Nintendo DS games are region-free, which means that a game bought in one region can be played on a DS hand-held system that was bought in another region. In addition, DS games are available to play on the Nintendo 3DS hardware.

Is the Nintendo DS backward-compatible with Game Boy Advance?

Yes, the DS contains a separate cartridge slot that accepts only Nintendo Game Boy Advance games. The user can configure the Nintendo Game Boy Advance games to use either the top or bottom screen. The screen has a black border around it due to the slight differences in resolution between the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance hardware.

How many different models of the Nintendo DS were released?

The Nintendo DS had three major hardware revisions. The Nintendo DS Lite features a more compact, elegant appearance and a brighter display. The Nintendo DSi adds two front and rear 0.3-megapixel cameras, a larger 3.25-inch screen, 256MB internal flash storage, and an SD card slot for compatibility with cards up to 32GB in size. The Nintendo DSi XL model features a 4.2-inch screen with wide viewing angles, a loud speaker, and a maximum battery life up to 17 hours at the dimmest brightness. In addition, the Nintendo DS was released in many different color variations and special editions.

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