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Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS is the most recent handheld system developed by Nintendo. It was released in 2004 and was the first handheld system to feature dual screens. In improved edition called the DS Lite was released in 2006. The term "Lite" refers to it having brighter screens, smaller size and lower weight, it still has the same features as the original.

  • Two backlit 3-inch TFT color LCDs with 256x192 pixel resolution
  • Lower screen is a touch screen
  • Color: Capable of displaying 260,000 colors
  • Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo's proprietary format
  • Multiple users can play multiplayer games using just one DS game card
  • Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone for voice recognition, A/B/X/Y face buttons, plus control pad, L/R shoulder buttons, Start and Select buttons
  • Input/Output: Ports for both Nintendo DS game cards and Game Boy Advance Game packs, terminals for stereo headphones and microphone
  • Other Features: Embedded PictoChat software that allows up to 16 users to chat at once; embedded real-time clock; date, time and alarm; touch-screen calibration
  • CPUs: One ARM9 and one ARM7
  • Sound: Stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound, depending on the software
  • Battery: Lithium ion battery delivering six to 10 hours of play on a four-hour charge, depending on use; power-saving sleep mode; AC adapter
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Available colors: various, depending on region

About Nintendo DS emulation

Unfortunately emulation of the Nintendo DS is still at an early stage. No emulator exists yet which can play most games properly. This means the current focus of emulator authors is to make their emulators more accurate, which in turn means that optimization has less priority. Due to this, even if a game can be played, it might run extremely slow - even on the fastest PCs available today.


 NO$GBA   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star 7.8 (411 Votes) 
  Gameboy Advance Emulator with multiplayer support. Now Supports Nintendo DS as well.
 DeSmuME   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star 7.7 (258 Votes) 
 RetroArch    Multi-platform   Open-Source          Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarNo StarNo Star 7.6 (227 Votes) 
  Frontend for the Libretro API, effectively a multi-system emulator
 NeonDS   Windows   Freeware          Rating: Full StarFull StarHalf StarNo StarNo Star 7.3 (39 Votes) 
  Nintendo DS emulator
 DuoS   Windows   Free          Rating: Full StarFull StarNo StarNo StarNo Star 6.9 (51 Votes) 
 DSemu   windows   Free          Rating: Full StarHalf StarNo StarNo StarNo Star 6.3 (14 Votes) 
  Nintendo DS emulator
 iDeaS   Windows   Free          Rating: Full StarNo StarNo StarNo StarNo Star 6.0 (38 Votes) 
  Nintendo DS Emulator
 Dualis   Windows   Free          Rating: Half StarNo StarNo StarNo StarNo Star 3.2 (5 Votes) 
  Nintendo DS emulator
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