Cebu City, Philippines (PressExposure) August 14, 2009 -- The Nintendo DS or NDS is the newest hand-held video game console that Nintendo released into the market. It's considered as the first hand held video game consoles that makes use of dual-screen technology. The console features a clamshell design, similar to the Game Boy Advance SP, with two LCD screens inside, the lower (2nd) screen being a touchscreen. Similar to its competition, which is Sony's PSP (Portable PlayStation), NDS also supports wireless IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) standards, allowing players to interact with each other. But unlike PSP, NDS also features a built-in microphone.
But other than the standard NDS, Nintendo have also made several upgrades within the video game consoles that they soon released into the market. On March 2, 2006, Nintendo released the Nintendo DS Lite, a redesign of the Nintendo DS, in Japan. It was later released in North America, Europe, and Australia in June 2006. Another release is the Nintendo DSi, which was announced in October 2, 2008. It was released in Japan on November 1, 2008 and in North America, Europe and Australia in April 2009.
Nintendo DS Lite
The Nintendo DS Lite is a slimmer, more lightweight redesign of the original Nintendo DS model. It was announced on January 26, 2006, more than a month before its first territorial launch in Japan on March 2, 2006. The features and capabilities are the same as the original style DS, but the DS Lite has four levels of LCD screen brightness. However, according to several electronics philippines enthusiasts, the four levels do not include a level where the backlight is off. Despite having four brightness levels, even the lowest brightness setting on the Nintendo DS lite is in fact brighter than the Nintendo DS' original style screen, which had one brightness setting and an off setting.
Unlike the casing of the original style DS, the DS Lite has a shiny glossy semi-transparent outside casing. The LED battery and charging light indicators have been moved to the upper right-hand corner of the unit, making it viewable regardless of whether the system is open or closed.
The DSi is thinner, has larger screens than the DS Lite, with the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot replaced by an SD card slot, AAC playback capability, and two cameras, one embedded in the interior hinge, and one on the exterior shell (both 0.3 megapixels, or VGA resolution). Included with the cameras is software that allows the user to edit their photographs. According to electronics philippines enthusiasts, it also features a "DSi Shop" (similar to the Wii Shop Channel) where customers can purchase DSi-exclusive games and applications, and a web browser.
Unlike the first NDS, NDSi now boasts an ARM9E CPU of 133 MHz (in place of the original ARM9 of 67MHz) and has 16 MB of RAMâfour times as much as previous models. The unit has an internal storage capacity of 256 MB flash memory for DSiWare downloaded to the system. According to electronics philippines enthusiasts that made several reviews with the video game console, the updated Wi-Fi of NDSi also supports WPA/2.