The Nintendo DS is Nintendo's most recent addition to their handheld lineup. It was released in November 21, 2004 in North America and Japan, and March 11, 2005 in Europe.
Unlike previous Nintendo handhelds, it was not given the "Game Boy" moniker, likely because Nintendo did not want to tarnish the brand name if the system did not prove to be popular, as the earlier Virtual Boy had not been. The system features a significant overhaul from previous Nintendo handhelds, most notably its use of two screens, rather than one, to display gameplay. The bottom screen is touch-sensitive, adding a new aspect to gameplay. In addition to this, it has improved sound functions, including two speakers instead of the lone speaker that appeared on Game Boy models, and a microphone.
Built into the DS is the ability to connect to the Internet using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Many games have been released with specific features to utilize this capability, and while many do not, most games at the very least use the DS's internal DS-to-DS wireless connection. The DS is also compatible with Game Boy Advance games through its bottom slot, though compatibility for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games has been removed. Likewise, the multiplayer functions of GBA games are not supported.
The Nintendo DS was updated in the form of the Nintendo DS Lite, a smaller model whose design borrows heavily from that of the Wii. The DS was further revised in the form of the Nintendo DSi, the first DS update to include substantive differences, in 2009 (released 2008 in Japan).
As of September 2008, combined sales of Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite have reached more than 84 million units worldwide. In 2009, the new Nintendo DSi has been released in the USA..
- Pokémon Dash (racing game, 2004)
- Pokémon Trozei! (puzzle game, 2005)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (dungeon crawler, 2005)
- Pokémon Ranger (action-RPG, 2006)
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions (main series RPG, 2006)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (dungeon crawler, 2007)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (dungeon crawler, 2007)
- Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (action-RPG, 2008)
- Pokémon Platinum Version (main series RPG, 2008)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (dungeon crawler, 2009)
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions (main series RPG, 2009)
- Nintendo DS: Special PokéPark Edition 
- Nintendo DS: Mew Edition 
- The winner of the Pokémon Journey Across America, Minh Ba Le, won a one-of-a-kind diamond-encrusted DS.
- Pickachu tech demo.
- The Nintendo DS, like its predecessors (the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance), is not region-encoded. This means that a player could theoretically play a DS game from any region in their own locally purchased console. However, games released in the People's Republic of China, which contain Chinese characters, will therefore only run on DS systems with the iQue brand.
- In the Phantom Thief! Pokémon 7 manga, Rocco whipped out a DS and began to play it when he began to get bored during Drifblim's ride.
- Official Nintendo site (Japanese)
|Game systems with Pokémon games|
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|SNES (BS-X • SGB • NP • SGB2) • N64 (DD) • GCN (GBP) • Wii • Wii U|
|Pico • Beena|