Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite is a handheld game console with a dual screen, developed by Nintendo. It is slimmer, lighter, and brighter than the original Nintendo DS.

It was available in Japan on March 2, 2006 with 550,000 systems released; it was sold out soon after its launch. Nintendo released another 700,000 in April 2006, and once again the units sold out by late May 2006. Every time the stores would restock their shelves, the system would sell out within days of arrival. This continued for 2006 and 2007.

The DS Lite was released in Australia on June 1, 2006 with a demo of Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?

In North America it was released on June 11, 2006, but reports of some stores having units as early as May 30, 2006. Initially, units were sold out after only a few days on store shelves. However, the DS Lite sell outs did not carry over into 2007 as did the Japan release.

On June 23, 2006, the DS Lite was released in Europe and 200,000 units were sold in ten days. On July 20, 2006, Nintendo of Korea opened and the system was released on January 18, 2007. In the first year, Nintendo of Korea announced more than one million units had been sold.

The system was discontinued on April 22, 2011, and the remaining stock was sold until June 30, 2011. A total of 93.42 million units were sold worldwide.

The Nintendo DS Lite is compatible with the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance games. The DS Lite has a slot on the top for DS games and a slot on the bottom for Game Boy games, with a removable dust cover.

It has a microphone, dual screens, and is capable of receiving Wi-Fi signals for other DS Lite systems, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, and Wi-Fi access points, using WEP networks.

A variety of colors and limited editions were released over the life of the unit. It is 2.9 inches tall, 5.2 inches wide, and .85 inches deep.

The top display is a 3.12-inch, backlit TFT color LCD screen with four brightness levels and the bottom display is a 3.12-inch analog touchscreen. It has a wireless range of 30 to 100 feet and is capable of multiplayer games.

The controls are on the touchscreen and an embedded microphone is for voice recognition. It has four face buttons, a directional control pad, L/R shoulder pads, Start and Select dimples, a power slider and Stylus.

It has terminals for stereo headphones and a microphone. It has built-in PictoChat software for up to 16 users that are within range to chat with one another. Also included is a real-time clock, date, time, and alarm with touchscreen calibration.

The unit contains two ARM CPUs, with the main CPU having 67 Mhz, and 33 for the coprocessor. Internal storage is 256 kb, and has 4 MB RAM that is expandable through the Game Boy Advance slot. The lithium ion battery gives 15 to 19 hours of play on a three-hour charge. It has a power-saving sleep mode, and an AC adapter.

Compatible languages are English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. The unit has stereo speakers for virtual surround sound support with certain software.

Image Caption: A black Nintendo DS Lite. Credit: Evan-Amos/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)