Cebu City, Philippines (PressExposure) August 14, 2009 -- The NDS or Nintendo DS is one of the most popular handheld video game console today. According to several critics, as well as with several electronics philippines enthusiasts that made several reviews of the console, that on the 28th of May, 2009, that Nintendo Australia announced that DS sales in Australia have reached 2 million in a record of 221 weeks, and is the best selling gaming console for the three past years. On March 6, 2009, Nintendo announced that it had shipped its 100-millionth Nintendo DS system.
This success wouldn't be possible without Nintendo's endless desire to innovate and upgrade their system to further accommodate the needs of their consumers. One of these innovation have produced a redesign of the the console that further gave rise to the console's popularity. This is the Nintendo DS Lite.
A Lighter yet more Heavier NDS
Nintendo DS Lite was announced on January 26, 2006, more than a month before its initial release in Japan on March 2, 2006 due to overwhelming demand for the original model. According to electronics philippines enthusiasts, NDS Lite has been released in Australia, North America, Europe, New Zealand, Singapore, and defined regions in South America, the Middle East, and East Asia. As of June 30, 2009, shipments of the DS Lite have reached 82.26 million units worldwide, according to Nintendo.
The Nintendo DS Lite, like its predecessor, retained it's unique features such as sporting a dual screen, in which the second screen (lower screen) is a touch screen. The major difference between NDS and NDS Lite is its slimmer, brighter, and more lightweight redesign of the Nintendo DS. According to several electronics philippines reviewers, it was designed to be aesthetically sleeker while taking styling cues from the Game Boy Advance SP, and to appeal to broader commercial audiences.
Difference between the original NDS and NDS Lite
Weight: Weighing in at 218 g, NDS Lite is 21% lighter than the original DS. Dimensions: Having less than 42% in volume than the DS, NDS Lite's dimension is 133 mm Ã 73.9 mm Ã 21.5 mm. Battery: Although lighter, NDS Lite is said to possess an extended life span compared to the original DS. The DS was supplied with a 850 mAh battery, while the DS Lite has a 1000 mAh battery. Brightness: Brighter top and touch screens, with 4 brightness levels, which was previously a backlight on/off. The option of turning the backlight off in the main menu has been removed. Stylus: Made it much larger for easier use. D-Pad: The D-pad was reduced to 18.6 mm across (16% smaller than the DS), but the A, B, X, and Y buttons retain the same dimensions. Start and Select buttons: The Start and Select buttons are relocated beneath the A, B, X, and Y buttons, and are smaller than the original buttons. Color Collections: Unlike the original DS, NDS Lite offers Ice Blue, Enamel Navy, Polar White (Crystal White in Japan), Coral Pink (Noble Pink in Japan), Onyx (Jet Black in Japan), Metallic Rose, Gloss Silver, Crimson/Black, Cobalt/Black, Turquoise, Red, and Lime Green. External connector: The external extension connection was changed, rendering t incompatible to accessories for the Game Boy Advance EXT2 port. he new connector is used for the AC adapter only. Power button: Originally located above the D-pad, is now a power slider and is relocated to the right side of the device. Power and Charging indicator: As opposed to being below the bottom screen in the original model, the lights are now located on the right hinge. Other redesigns The smaller redesign of the system has caused Game Boy Advance games to protrude out of the system by 1 cm. In addition, to provide a seamless surface and to prevent dirt and dust from collecting, a filler cartridge is included. The processors are the same as the DS, but made on a smaller custom process so they require much less power. The built-in microphone, originally located below the bottom screen, is now located directly on the hinge between the dual screens.