Unveiled at E3 in May 2004 as the successor to the Game Boy Advance handheld line, the Nintendo DS was a system that encouraged innovation from developers with a range of unique input options. While the system featured a standard button layout (D-Pad, six face buttons plus two shoulder buttons) it also featured two screens, with the lower screen acting as a touch screen, a microphone and the ability to connect wirelessly to other systems or a wi-fi network connection.
The system was released in the United States in Nov 2004, closely followed by Japan in December and Europe the following March.
A number of system modifications followed. The Nintendo DS Lite, released in 2006, was redesigned as a smaller, sleeker model. The Nintendo DSi, released in 2008, removed Game Boy Advance cart compatibility in favour of an SD Card slot, two built-in cameras and an improved user interface, including online game store DSiWare. The Nintendo DSi XL was released in 2009, sporting the same features as the DSi, but with larger screens.
Information on all first-party Nintendo DS hardware and peripherals, from the Slide Controller to the DSTV.