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The Nintendo DS (NDS or DS, and the iQue DS in China) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo, Released Worldwide in 2005. On November 13, 2003 Nintendo announced that it would be creating a new console to release in 2004, Nintendo stated the console would not be a successor to either the Nintendo ‘GameCube’ or the Game Boy Advance, but would be considered as a "Third Pillar” along side the other consoles.
On 20th January 2004 Nintendo announced the console would go under the code name "Nintendo DS”, the console’s name officially refers to "Developers’ System”, in reference to developers of the new game designs the system was meant to inspire, and "Dual Screen”, the systems most obvious and distinct feature.
The Nintendo DS is distinguishable by its LCD dual screens, with the bottom panel being a touch screen. It also features a built-in microphone and supports wireless communications. The console’s main controls are located on the lower part of the console and has 7 Buttons, A, B, Y, X, Start, Select and a Power button, also a directional pad (D-Pad), with two more buttons L and R located on the Shoulders of the Console.
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