The Nintendo DS Lite (shortened to DS Lite or NDS Lite) is the second model in the Nintendo DS family and a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It is a slimmer, more lightweight redesign of the earlier Nintendo DS model, styled to make it more appealing to a variety of gaming audiences and is much brighter. It was announced on January 26, 2006, more than a month before its first territorial launch in Japan on March 2, 2006, due to overwhelming demand for the original model. It was released in Japan, Australia, and North America, with the European launch set for June 23, 2006, where it was available in "Jet Black" as well as the United States' and Japan's "Polar White". Just two days after the Nintendo DS Lite went on sale in the United States on June 11, the new lighter, brighter portable system sold more than 136,500 units, with many retail outlets reporting sellouts. By comparison, the DS Lite is out paced the 2003's launch sales of Nintendo's juggernaut Game Boy Advance SP by more than 12%.

The Nintendo DS Lite is an improvement over the original Nintendo DS in several ways. The screen now has four levels of brightness, the lowest of which is even better than the standard screen light of the original DS. The microphone is now located at the center between the screens, instead of the bottom-right corner. The Start and Select buttons have also been relocated. The DS Lite weighs less and is sleeker and slimmer than the original model. Also, the feel of the buttons was changed to a softer, more traditional feel, rather than the clicky buttons of the original DS. Finally, the stylus is slightly longer and thicker and has been moved to the right side of the system whereas before it was at the back of the system. The power button was replaced with a power slider and has been moved from above the D-Pad to the right edge of the lower screen to prevent players from accidentally turning on/off the system. It is the final Nintendo handheld to have backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance games.

It was discontinued worldwide on March 31, 2014.

Technical specifications[]

Size (closed) 133 mm. long, 21.5 mm. wide, 73.9mm. tall
Screens Top screen = 3.12 inches
Bottom screen: 3.12 inches (touch screen)
Pixels: 256 * 192 (49,152) per screen
Weight 218 grams
Colors The DS Lite, like the other iterations of the DS, can generate 262,144 colors.
Brightness There are four different brightness settings.
Battery 6–19 hours each charge. This largely depends on the age of the battery, the brightness setting, whether the player is playing online, whether they are using the GBA or DS slot, or which game they are playing.
CPU Two ARM architecture CPUs, ARM7 (33 MHz) and ARM9 (67 MHz)


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