Nintendo's latest "Third Piller" handheld. The Nintendo DS features 64-bit graphics, better then the N64 due to the fact that it has more RAM, and a higher polygon count. This fact is proven in Super Mario 64 and 64 DS, Mario's nose in round in DS, but in 64 it's a bit more blocky. It features a built-in mic, wireless multiplayer, an LCD touch screen, a regular viewing screen, GBA cartrige playback ability, and online Wi-Fi gaming with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service(NWFC) which was released in November 2nd, 2005. The NWFC is slowly suprassing X-Box LIVE in the online gaming industry, in its first 7 weeks it amassed more people then X-Box LIVE had in 6 months, and at 4 months it reached 1 million players, and 28 million matches played, though the first two games have scratchy online play, Nintendo is slowly fixing it up. Animal Crossing DS fixed it with chat, Metroid Prime: Hunters will finalize the Wi-Fi service with voice chat, and a lobby, meaning you wont have to exchange friend codes online, you can do it via DS. Soon, the DS's next installment will be released, the Nintendo DS Lite, though some people may groan at the thought, it fixes all of the problems the first one had, it is smaller, 2/3 the weight, a 4x brighter screen, and an apple-style look. They also have managed to place the buttons in a comfier position, along with a larger stylus, stronger screen, and easier portabilty overall. On a final note, the Nintendo DS has become the fastest selling gaming console or handheld to ever be sold, worldwide it has sold more then the PSP, truely clenching victory. One of Nintendo's most successful consoles/handhelds.
New Nintendo DS Wi-Fi games-
March 20th - Metroid Prime: Hunters and Tetris DS, both with voice chat and virtual keyboard chat.
April 2006 - Lostmagic, an RPG-turned online RPG
Prices shown in USD.
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