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The Nintendo DS Lite (shortened to DS 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. It is the final handheld in DS family to have backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance games.

The DS Lite was followed by the DSi and DSi XL in 2008/09 respectively. Both are larger and brighter than the DS Lite and the Game Boy Advance slot was removed. Like its predecessor, the DS Lite was discontinued on March 31, 2014, while the DSi and DSi XL were discontinued on September 30 of that year, ten days before the relase of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

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)
RAM 4 MB

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