Nintendo DS

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Nintendo DS
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Type Handheld console
Release date North America November 21, 2004
Japan December 2, 2004
Europe March 11, 2005
Australia February 24, 2005
Media Nintendo DS cards,
Game Boy Advance cartridges
Successor Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS (ニンテンドーDS, Nintendō Dīesu) is the first in Nintendo's latest series of handheld systems. Its major features include its two screens, one of which is a stylus-operated touch screen, a built-in microphone, and wireless capabilities allowing for multiplayer games and applications. Since its release in 2004, the Nintendo DS has seen great consumer success amongst the several versions of itself.[1]

Phantom Hourglass makes use of the DS internal clock. Certain events will take place at midnight according to the internal clock of the system.

The Legend of Zelda games

So far there have been five Zelda games released on the Nintendo DS. Two main series Zelda games; Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks and three spin off series games; Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, Tingle's Balloon Fight DS, and Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love. Phantom Hourglass was the first DS Zelda game to be released in North America and Australia, while Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland was released first in Japan and Europe.

With the DS's compatibility with Game Boy Advance games, several other Zelda games can be playable on the DS including the Nintendo Entertainment System versions of The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and A Link to the Past.

Games released for the Nintendo DS:


  1. Consolidated Financial Highlights Retrieved on October 15, 2008