The Nintendo DS console was first introduced to the public in North America in 2004, and was a revolution in handheld gaming. It was noted because of its main feature, the dual screens. It was packed with a number of features not found before in a console and was an evolutionary step for its manufacturer Nintendo. Since its introduction, the DS has seen a number of variations and has evolved into a handheld that is continuing to push the boundaries.
The Nintendo DS has a number of features in its launch, the main one of course was the dual screens, which was and still is the only one of the main console manufacturers to possess it. There was the top LCD screen, as well as the lower screen which was equipped with touch screen technology.
Add to that wireless connectivity and a built in microphone, and it had a lot that people wanted. There was also backwards compatibility with the early DS to the Gameboy and the Gameboy advance. Although the DS had a smaller cartridge, there was a second slot that could accommodate the larger cartridges of the Gameboy.
The interior had an improved spec to that of the Gameboy and Gameboy Advance. It had a 4 MB of RAM and a 67 MHz ARM7 processor. It took a new type of cartridge that was a lot smaller than the previous ones. It also had a larger capacity than the Gameboy ones.
The Nintendo DS has evolved a lot since its introduction, the initial DS was fairly square in its design. It was a clamshell design where it folded between the two screens.
The next evolution was the Nintendo DS Lite, this version was lighter, but retained the clamshell design. It had a brighter screen and was sleeker and more refined. Sales of the original DS were still strong so Nintendo opted for a smaller version as opposed to keeping the original size.
Since then, there have been other new designs including the DSi which had a larger display, two cameras as well as external storage capacity. There was also a bigger version called the XL which was bigger with bigger screens.
A new version with a 3D top screen called a Nintendo 3DS was launched which also sported a faster processor and 3D cameras.
The Nintendo DS has been at the forefront of handheld technology for many years.