The Nintendo DS is a portable gaming system released on November 21, 2004 that features two LCD screens, one being touch sensitive. It is the first generation of Nintendo handhelds not to bear the "Game Boy" name. Many versions of the handheld were released including the DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL; accounting for over 146 million units sold. The DS was succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS on March 27, 2011.
The system features touchscreen technology on the lower of its two LCD screens, a built in microphone, and supports wireless communication between players within a short distance of each other. The DS stands for both ''Developer's System'' and ''Dual Screen.'' The DS and DS Lite are backwards compatible, playing both Nintendo DS game cards and Game Boy Advance cartridges. The newer DSi and DSi XL only support DS cartridges, however.
The Nintendo DS is extremely popular, remaining the most popular handheld gaming console through 2010 and the second best video game console overall. It was also the first Nintendo console to be released in North America before it was released in Japan.
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