In the past two articles, we explored Nintendo’s TV and handheld devices. However, we’ve only just reached the metaphorical tip of the iceberg! Strap yourselves in, because now, it’s time to discuss another series of Nintendo’s handheld devices.
DS (Nintendo Dual Screen)
Released in 2004, the NDS is the third generation of portable game consoles. It’s got much to be proud of – the handset has a dual screen display, with a touch screen at the bottom and a microphone voice input. It’s also got Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing players to connect with both each other and the Internet. Surprisingly, the Japanese Nintendo significantly reduced the price of the NDS and brought forward its release date. During the business war, the NDS occupied control and sold more than one million PSP units!
Its riveting success relies upon Nintendo’s accurate positioning of the value of their goods, and their thorough understanding of the hardware and software they provided. Nintendo, as a global supplier, were constantly search for innovative breakthroughs. They had a firm grip on the industry, with gamers in the palms of their hands. They previously introduced the Nintendo Dogs DS games, which have continued to take shape and be reformulated throughout time. They’ve spawned social trends and have captured the attention of over 30% of women and older gamers. And, it’s no surprise why!
Thanks to other games such as Animal Crossing, Mario Kart DS and Brain Challenge, the NDS reached sales of 1.7 million units in just four weeks in Japan, as the PSP sold 2.67 million. Unitl 2010, the NDS had sold 128.89 million units worldwide, dethroning the GB of its title as world’s largest handheld console.
NDS L (Nintendo Dual Screen Lite)
As its name suggests, it’s a smaller and lighter version of the original NDS. Boasting a thin, lightweight mainframe, a translucent shell and two stylus pens, it had the ability to be a hit. Its screen uses the highest level of backlight total reflection LCD, yet still adopts the functions of the NDS. In conjunction with the previously-anticipated launch of New Super Mario Bros and Pokemon Diamond & Pearl in 2006, it only sold 100,000 units a week in Japan in eighteen months.In the long period of 18 months,NDSL weekly selling quantity only one time as less than 100000 pcs.
NDS i (Nintendo Dual Screen i)
Being the successor to the NDSL, it boasted five brand new features. For the first time, a camera was added as part of the standard configuration. As well as being placed at the front of the device, a camera with the same configuration was added to the centre of the rotation shaft. The cameras were 0.3 megapixels, and made video-shooting and selfie-taking that little bit easier. Differing slightly from the already-existing music player, the DSi featured its own stereo, allowing you to save your favourite tunes to an SD card. You could also explore the shopping channel, Opera browser or chat interactively – these features enriched the functionality of the console.
NDS i LL (Nintendo Dual Screen i LL)
It was time for an upgrade. And, the NDSi LL was the answer. Released during November 2009, it was nearly three centimetres longer and two wider than its predecessor. The most notable change was the expansion of the LCD screen size – nearly 93% more than the NDSL. There were no changes in the screen type, resolution or colour, but text display was still clearer.
3DS (Nintendo 3DS)
It went on sale in Japan in February 2011 and was an instant hit. It boasts three fantastic cameras – two can capture 3D pictures outside, and the main characteristic is that it uses parallax barrier technology, so that no special glasses are required to view these 3D graphics. It skyrocketed into a new dimension of success, selling over 370,000 units in its first three days of sale in Japan alone. All console launch records were completely smashed out of the park. Europe was also captivated by this device, where it sold over 300,000 units.
By September, Nintendo announced the release of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. The Nintendo 3DS was paired with four spin-off models – the large-screen version of the Nintendo 3DS LL that braced shelves in 2012. The Nintendo 2DS was a cheaper model only released in Europe, America and South Korea, whilst the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS LL/XL were available in Japan from October 2014. They’ve all proved to be global successes in their own right, improving the popularity of the 3DS as a result of strenuous experimentation.
So, in this article we’ve discussed Nintendo’s DS series, which has evidently inherited the glory of the GB and continues to keep Nintendo very much afloat in this crowded industry. We can’t wait to bring you yet more discovery and learning in the future.