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
Predecessor Game Boy Advance
Successor Nintendo DSi

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] A redesign, the Nintendo DS Lite, improved on the original Nintendo DS in almost every way, and replaced the original upon its release. Nintendo originally announced it on January 26, 2006 before releasing it in Japan over a month later.

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

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.

Phantom Hourglass Limited Edition Bundle

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A special limited edition Phantom Hourglass bundle was released both in North America and Europe, each one including a copy of the game and a Zelda-themed Nintendo DS Lite. The North American version included a golden console with the Triforce, and the European version a silver console with the game logo and artwork of Link and Ciela. The European edition was limited to 1,000 copies.



  1. Consolidated Financial Highlights Retrieved on October 15, 2008