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Nintendo DS

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The Nintendo DS (short for Dual Screen, though promotionally said to be short for Developer's System), is a dual-screen portable video game console from Nintendo, launched in United States for $149.99 on November 21, 2004 and will launch in Japan for 15,000 yen ($135) on December 2, 2004 and in Europe during the first quarter of 2005. The DS has a vertical clamshell design, like some Game & Watch games, and similar to the Game Boy Advance SP. The Nintendo DS is backwards compatible with the Game Boy Advance, but not with Game Boy Color or the original Game Boy.

Specifications

Size (when closed):
148.7 millimeters (5.85 inches) wide, 84.7 millimeters (3.33 inches) long, 28.9 millimeters (1.13 inches) tall.

Top Screen:
A backlit, 3-inch, semitransparent reflective TFT color LCD with 256 x 192 pixel resolution and .24 mm dot pitch, capable of displaying 260,000 colors.

Touch Screen:
Same specs as top screen, but with a transparent analog touch screen.

Wireless Communication:
IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo's proprietary format; wireless range is 30 to 100 feet, depending on circumstances; 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 Paks, 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.

Color:
Silver and black.