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The Nintendo DS Lite[a] is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It is a slimmer, brighter, and more lightweight redesign of the original Nintendo DS. It 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.[2] It 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 March 31, 2014, shipments of the DS Lite have reached 93.86 million units worldwide, according to Nintendo.[1]

Nintendo DS Lite
Nintendo DS Lite logo.svg
Also known asiQue DS Lite (China)
Product familyNintendo DS family
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationSeventh generation era
Release date
  • JP: March 2, 2006
  • AU: June 1, 2006
  • NA: June 11, 2006
  • EU: June 23, 2006
  • CHN: July 6, 2006
  • KOR: January 18, 2007
DiscontinuedYes; undisclosed
Units shippedWorldwide: 93.86 million (as of March 31, 2014)[1] (details)
MediaGame Boy Advance cartridge
Nintendo DS Game Card
CPU67 MHz ARM9 and 33 MHz ARM7
StorageCartridge save, 4 MB RAM, 256 KB flash memory
Online servicesNintendo Wi-Fi Connection
PredecessorNintendo DS (earlier design)
Game Boy Advance
SuccessorNintendo DSi (redesign)
Nintendo 3DS line


Launch and developmentEdit

A larger model of the DS Lite was an unreleased alternative to the DS Lite.[3] It was ready for mass production, but Nintendo decided against its release as sales of the DS Lite were still strong. Instead Nintendo prepared the DSi and released a "DSi XL" version of that console a year later.

This larger DS Lite featured an increased screen size of 3.8 inches (9.7 cm) (slightly smaller than the DSi XL's 4.2-inch (11 cm) screens) and lacked the wide viewing angle of the DSi XL.


The Nintendo DS Lite was released on March 2, 2006 in Japan, with the suggested retail price of ¥16,800, but due to lack of supply and excessive demand of Nintendo DS systems at retail price following the Nintendo DS Lite's launch in Japan, many Asian electronics distributors raised the retail price of the redesigned handheld console to ¥23,300. On some Japanese auction sites it was being offered for prices as high as ¥40,000.[4] Even though Nintendo managed to release 550,000 units in March 2006[5] (which was above their initial projections),[citation needed] the DS Lite was sold out soon after its launch.[6] The shortage was supposed to be eased after Nintendo released 700,000 Nintendo DS Lites during April 2006; however, retailers in Tokyo sold out yet again by late May 2006.[7] This shortage would last for most of 2006 and 2007[6] with retailers all around the country having permanent ads apologizing for the shortage and announcing the ignorance of when a restock would arrive. When the product arrived, it would sell out within days. Since restocking was erratic, looking for the product often involved several visits to different retailers, and most of the time without finding the product. This was still the case in Japan as of April 25, 2007, with stores turning away potential customers every day and selling out quickly.[8]


The Nintendo DS Lite was released in Australia on June 1, 2006 for A$199.95. It came with a demo for Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?[9] As of mid 2009, the device sold for approximately A$188.00.[10][11]

North AmericaEdit

The Nintendo DS Lite was released on June 11, 2006, for US$129.99 in the United States (as of June 2011, $99.99), and CA$149.99 in Canada.[12]

There have been various reports of North American Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Meijer stores having sold Nintendo DS Lite units as early as May 30, 2006, breaking the official launch date.[13]

On June 12, 2006, GameSpot reported that North American Nintendo DS Lites had sold out at major online retailers, as well as several brick-and-mortar stores.[14]

On June 13, 2006, Nintendo announced that 136,500 units were sold in two days since the DS Lite went on sale in North America, and seemed to be on pace to the 500,000 sold by the original Nintendo DS in its first ten days.[15] Shortly after its launch, the DS Lite was sold out at major US retailers; however, it did not have the same ongoing shortages in the US as it did in Japan through 2006 and 2007.[6]


The Nintendo DS Lite was officially released in Europe on June 23, 2006, for £99.99 in the UK, 149.99 in the Eurozone. In Finland and Sweden, the DS Lite was released on June 22, 2006, due to Midsummer. In just 10 days, Nintendo announced it had sold 200,000 Nintendo DS Lites in Europe.[16]

On June 12, 2006, Chinese media organization reported that a container intended for shipment to Europe was stolen, which contained HK$18 million (US$2.32 million) worth of goods, including black Nintendo DS Lites and games.[17][18] Later, reported that Nintendo had indeed confirmed that "A number of White DS Lite made for the UK market were stolen in Hong Kong."[19]

South KoreaEdit

Nintendo opened its latest subsidiary, Nintendo of Korea, led by Mineo Kouda, on July 20, 2006. The DS Lite is the first console to be released in South Korea by the subsidiary,[20] being released on January 18, 2007 for 150,000.[21] Popular Korean actor Jang Dong-gun and Ahn Sung-ki had been enlisted to help promote the console. Nintendo Korea stated that they have sold more than one million units in the first year of sale with around 1.4 million sold as of April 2008.[22][23]


A DS Lite (left) compared with an original DS (right)


The Nintendo DS Lite is compatible with Game Boy Advance and regular DS games. The DS Lite has a DS slot on top and the Game Boy slot on bottom. It also has a microphone and dual screens.

Technical comparisonEdit

  • Capable of receiving Wi-Fi signals from other systems in the Nintendo DS and 3DS families, Nintendo Wii systems, and Wi-Fi access points. WEP encrypted and unencrypted networks are supported. WPA encryption is not supported.[24]
  • Dozens of colors and limited editions were released.

Technical specificationsEdit

  • Size: 73.9 millimeters (2.9 inches) tall, 133 millimeters (5.2 inches) wide, 21.5 millimeters (0.85 inches) deep.
  • Top Screen: A backlit, 3.12-inch, transmissive TFT color LCD with 256x192-pixel resolution and .24mm dot pitch, capable of displaying a total of 262,144 colors.
  • Touch Screen: Same specifications as top screen, but with a transparent analog touch screen.
  • Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11; wireless range is 30 to 100 feet; multiple users can play certain multiplayer games with one DS game card using DS Download Play.
  • Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone for voice recognition, A/B/X/Y face buttons, directional control pad, L/R shoulder pads, Start and Select dimples, and Power slider. The stylus is 1 cm longer and 2 mm thicker than the stylus of the original Nintendo DS.
  • Input/Output: Ports for both Nintendo DS game cards and Game Boy Advance Game Paks, terminals for stereo headphones and a microphone. A removable cover for the Game Boy Advance game pak slot provides added protection from dust and other foreign materials.
  • Other Features: Embedded PictoChat software that allows up to 16 users within local range of one another to chat at once; embedded real-time clock; date, time and alarm; touch-screen calibration. The alarm can only be activated if the power is on.
  • CPUs: Two ARM processors, an ARM946E-S main CPU and ARM7TDMI coprocessor at clock speeds of 67 MHz and 33 MHz respectively.[25]
  • Sound: Stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound, depending on the software.
  • Battery: Lithium ion battery delivering from 15 to 19 hours of play on a three-hour charge; power-saving sleep mode; AC adapter.
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian.


Like its predecessor the Nintendo DS Lite is compatible with the Nintendo DS Headset accessory. However the DS Lite uses an AC power adapter that differs from the one used for the original Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance SP due to a smaller adaptor AC port on the top of the unit.[26]


Life-to-date number of units shipped
Date Japan Americas Other Total
2006-03-31[27] 0.58 million
0.58 million
2006-06-30[28] 2.72 million 0.68 million 0.76 million 4.15 million
2006-09-30[29] 4.97 million 2.23 million 1.86 million 9.06 million
2006-12-31[30] 7.89 million 4.84 million 4.60 million 17.33 million
2007-03-31[31] 9.48 million 6.41 million 5.96 million 21.85 million
2007-06-30[32] 11.56 million 8.81 million 8.32 million 28.69 million
2007-09-30[33] 13.16 million 10.73 million 11.04 million 34.93 million
2007-12-31[34] 15.12 million 14.85 million 16.00 million 45.97 million
2008-03-31[35] 15.84 million 17.06 million 18.88 million 51.78 million
2008-06-30[36] 16.42 million 19.78 million 22.53 million 58.72 million
2008-09-30[37] 17.16 million 22.30 million 26.05 million 65.51 million
2008-12-31[38] 17.46 million 26.60 million 31.67 million 75.74 million
2009-03-31[39] 17.63 million 28.80 million 33.51 million 79.94 million
2009-06-30[40] 17.71 million 29.76 million 34.79 million 82.26 million
2009-09-30[41] 17.84 million 30.75 million 35.90 million 84.49 million
2009-12-31 18.01 million 33.51 million 37.67 million 89.19 million
2010-06-30[42] 18.10 million 34.33 million 38.35 million 90.78 million
2010-09-30[43] 18.16 million 34.65 million 38.60 million 91.41 million
2010-12-31[44] 18.20 million 35.74 million 38.89 million 92.83 million
2011-03-31[45] 18.20 million 35.89 million 38.97 million 93.06 million
2011-06-30[46] 18.20 million 36.15 million 39.07 million 93.42 million
2011-09-30[47] 18.20 million 36.21 million 39.12 million 93.53 million
2011-12-31[48] 18.20 million 36.37 million 39.16 million 93.74 million
2012-12-31[49] 18.20 million 36.44 million 39.21 million 93.85 million
2014-03-31[1] 18.21 million 36.44 million 39.21 million 93.86 million

Image galleryEdit


  1. ^ ニンテンドーDS Lite (Japanese: Nintendō DS Lite)


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