The Nintendo DS, sometimes abbreviated NDS or DS, was a family of handheld game consoles developed and manufactured by Nintendo, initially to complement the earlier Game Boy Advance. The initial model was released in 2004. DS units had a clamshell design akin to the Game Boy Advance SP; and enclosed within each unit were two separate LCD screens that give the handheld its name, the lower of which was a touchscreen that used a stylus for control and input. Early models were backward-compatible with Game Boy Advance games, but not earlier Game Boy games.

The Nintendo DS Lite, released in 2006, was a slimmer, more lightweight redesign of the earlier Nintendo DS model with a backlit screen; aesthetically sleeker to complement Nintendo's Wii, and to appeal to broader commercial audiences.

The Nintendo DSi, released in 2009 (2008 in Japan), was an even slimmer model than the DS Lite. This third iteration featured two interactive digital cameras, an SD card slot, internal memory, and an online store as well as an internet browser built-in. However, unlike the previous DS models, the DSi did not have a Game Boy Advance slot. A larger version of the DSi called the Nintendo DSi XL (Nintendo DSi LL in Japan) was released worldwide in 2010. It had the same capabilities of a normal Nintendo DSi, but with a much larger screen, thus making the screen almost as large as the PlayStation Portable's screen.

In all models, direct online connectivity for games was supported by the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service on a per-title basis. This service was decommissioned in late May 2014 as Nintendo shifted resources toward the infrastructure of then-current hardware. Thus, for example, the Mognet messaging service in the remake of Final Fantasy III is limited to direct local communication only, making some objectives harder to reach.

The Nintendo DS family had sold over 150 million units worldwide as of March 2016. It is the predecessor for the Nintendo 3DS line, released in 2011.

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Special EditionsEdit

Special editions of the console have been released along the games' respective releases in Japan.

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