The Nintendo DS was Nintendo's fourth main handheld console, releasing in North America and Japan in 2004. Compared to its previous handheld, the DS featured better support for 3D visuals along with dual screens (the latter giving the console its name).

Compared to the Game Boy Advance, which sold decently but lagged behind the previous generation, the Nintendo DS became one of the best selling consoles of all time. This is in part due to the strong first-party support that is expected from Nintendo consoles, but also catering to a more diverse range of gamers. Many of the system's most popular titles were ones that could be enjoyed even by new gamers young and old, such as the Brain Age and Nintendogs franchises.

The DS Lite could also be attributed to the handheld's overall success. This smaller, sleeker model released only a few years later in 2006, slimming things down while still improving battery life and screen brightness.

Just a few years later, Nintendo would release another revision in the form of the DSi. This (and the larger DSi XL) brought support for digital games, though this came at the cost of Game Boy Advance backwards compatibility.

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Charles Martinet Retires From Traditional Role as Super Mario Voice Actor; Will Be Mario Ambassador [UPDATED]

Charles Martinet has been the voice of Super Mario basically forever, but Nintendo just announced that he won't perform in the role going forward. The announcement made on X (formerly Twitter) pays…

September 7, 2023 | 02:42 EDT

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Every Professor Layton Game Ranked

Widely acclaimed as one of the best puzzle game series of all time, Level-5’s Professor Layton stars the eponymous professor and his apprentice, Luke, following them as they travel around a bizarre…

March 7, 2023 | 11:00 EST

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(Updated) DMCA'd Zelda Pitch Documentary Restored

Update: DidYouKnowGaming's Zelda documentary has been restored to YouTube. In a tweet posted yesterday, the documentary makers claimed victory with regards to the video, stating "we won" and posting…

December 8, 2022 | 11:04 EST

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Wii Shop Channel and DSi Shop Back Up And Running

After what felt like an eternity for gamers, the Wii Shop Channel and DSI shop are officially back up for players to utilize. The shops were down for the count for months, suffering from significant…

July 6, 2022 | 03:03 EDT

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Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise Prototype Preserved by Forest of Illusion

Nintendo game preservationist team Forest of Illusion has announced that it has preserved a prototype version of Rare and THQ's Nintendo DS game Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise. Viva Pinata is fondly…

May 5, 2022 | 04:07 EDT

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You Can Now Use Pokemon Music in Your Videos for Free

You can now use Pokemon music and sounds from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl in your videos and creative content thanks to the launch of the Pokemon DP Sound Library -- as long as it's non-commercial.…

February 2, 2022 | 02:12 EST

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The Worst Designed Pokemon For Generation 5

Hey, it’s been a while. A few years back, during our first Year of Pokemon, I started working on a fun little series judging the best and worst Pokemon designs from each generation, up to that point…

February 8, 2021 | 12:00 EST

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The Year of Pokemon - Generation V

The Year of Pokemon continues here at TechRaptor, celebrating 25 years of the monster-collecting franchise with a look back at the games one generation at a time. We're at Gen V now, so let’s dive…

February 5, 2021 | 12:00 EST

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The Year of Pokemon - Generation IV

That’s right, our Year of Pokemon series is back with a new captain at the helm! 2021 marks Pokemon's 25th anniversary, and we're doing a deep dive into the beloved franchise generation by generation…

January 29, 2021 | 12:00 EST

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Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate

Shiren The Wanderer returns, with the popular character starring in another all new, roguelike adventure! Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is an entry in the spinoff…

November 24, 2020 | 09:47 EST

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 Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Ten Years

Spike Chunsoft didn't become synonymous with "bizarre mysteries and gruesome deaths" until the mid-2010s when the Danganronpa series exploded in popularity in both Japan and the West. Unfortunately,…

November 17, 2020 | 01:00 EST

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The Six Best Courses in Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 is a critical classic, a game that was innovative in its design when released in 1996. The development and design of Super Mario 64 has been well documented, and the recent Nintendo…

September 21, 2020 | 01:00 EDT

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10 Years Later: Pokemon Black and White's Top 10 Pokemon

Since the release of Pokemon Red & Blue in 1996, Game Freak have followed the philosophy that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. They found a winning formula of catching, evolving, and battling a…

September 22, 2020 | 01:00 EDT

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Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 is the class 3D Mario experience.  Explore Peaches castle in full 3D as you battle the minions of Bowser in his latest scheme to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. Jump, glide, swim, and…

September 17, 2020 | 02:15 EDT

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The Super Mario 64 PC Port Has Been Taken Down by Nintendo

Last weekend an enterprising modder released a port of Super Mario 64 to the PC. This port included ultra widescreen support up to an astounding 4K resolution. While gamers around the world…

May 8, 2020 | 10:10 EDT

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Fan-Made Super Mario 64 PC Port Released; Supports 4K and Much More

There are countless emulators to run all the classic games you like from the Nintendo 64, GameBoy Advance, Sega Genesis, and all the classic consoles. Super Mario 64 is one of the most iconic games…

May 4, 2020 | 02:15 EDT

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Possible Gen 4 Pokemon Beta Sprites Leaked

Many pieces of content, for one reason or another, do not make it to the final build of a game's end product. This last Thursday, an anonymous user posted a link on 4chan's /vp/ board, containing…

December 23, 2019 | 09:00 EST

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Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 picks up the story of Unova two years later, as new trainers begin their Pokémon journey. Unfortunately for them, Team Plasma has returned, this time broken into two…

October 6, 2019 | 08:23 EDT

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Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black and White mark a soft reboot of the Pokémon franchise. Set in the far-off region of Unova, players embark on a brand new Pokémon journey, but must contend with the sinister plans of…

October 6, 2019 | 08:23 EDT

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Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Considered by many fans to be one of the best Pokémon games ever made, this enhanced remake of Pokémon Gold and Silver sees players once again travel across the Johto region, capturing and battling…

October 6, 2019 | 08:12 EDT

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Pokémon Platinum

The enhanced version of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Sinnoh region is once again threatened by Team Galactic and their leader Cyrus, who hopes to unleash the legendary Pokémon Giratina upon the…

October 6, 2019 | 07:56 EDT

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Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

The first pair of games on the Nintendo DS, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl brings players to the Sinnoh region. Dominated by the central mountain, Mount Coronet, players must embark on a journey to become…

October 6, 2019 | 07:56 EDT

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The World Ends With You: Final Remix Review - The Ports End With You

I'll admit, I'm no longer a JRPG person. It's a genre I used to care about quite a bit, but I now find that I lack the patience to sit through turn-based combat and overly convoluted anime-esque…

December 5, 2018 | 12:00 EST

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The World Ends With You: Final Remix Comes Westward in October

Nintendo announced that The World Ends With You: Final Remix, the Switch port of the original DS version, will release on October 12th this year. The Switch version will come with improved visuals,…

August 8, 2018 | 03:43 EDT

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The World Ends With You

The World Ends With You is the highly acclaimed Nintendo DS RPG by Square Enix released in 2007.  Having since been released on mobile devices in 2012 (iOS) and 2014 (android), in 2018 it is…

August 8, 2018 | 03:43 EDT

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Shiren the Wanderer: The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate ReviewTower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Review

Have you ever heard of the Shiren the Wanderer series? Don't worry, if you haven't - you're not alone. Prior to picking up Shiren the Wanderer for review (I'm not even going to try and type out that…

August 6, 2016 | 11:00 EDT