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Nintendo DS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4589 reviews of Nintendo DS. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The portability and price also get good feedback. Many are negative about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo DS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo DS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 471 user reviews of Nintendo DS from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on People are impressed by the size and portability. The design and price also get good opinions, whereas there are some negative comments about the reliability.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo DS Handheld ConsoleNintendo DS Handheld Console

Aug, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo DS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1151 user reviews of Nintendo DS from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on People are impressed by the game selection and design. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo DSNintendo DS

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Peter Rojas (

Unpacking the Nintendo DS


Sometimes my friends, the gods smile upon you. We hadn't even gotten around to asking for one to review, but just a few minutes ago the FedEx guy showed up with a little something for us: the new Nintendo DS! (They also went to the trouble of...

Nov, 2004

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Matthew D. Sarrel (

Nintendo DS


Get ready to enter a new generation of portable gaming: The Nintendo DS and its two screens, one with touch sensitivity, expand the possibilities exponentially. When closed, the clamshell shaped unit (available in silver or black) is 5.9 inches wide,...

Two beautiful screens (the bottom one is touch-sensitive) and stereo simulated surround sound give the Nintendo DS the most immersive portable gaming experience around. Built-in wireless connectivity so you can play against or communicate with friends.

Larger and heavier than the GBA SP. Battery life could be longer, as it may not last an entire school day.

The Nintendo DS is an excellent portable gaming platform. The clamshell design protects the two high-quality displays and the unit itself is well constructed. Backward compatibility with GBA cartridges is a plus.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Edward Distel (

Nintendo DS


A whole new dimension to portable gaming.

Unique dual-screen design& bull ; Wireless capability Big, crisp screen• Backward compatibility with Game Boy Advance titles

Limited game library Design a little clunky

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Hubert Nguyen (

Nintendo DS Review


Co-published with Laptop Magazine: Solutions for Business and Life. When Nintendo outlined its next-generation portable platform, the DS (or Dual-Screen), [...]

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Shane McGlaun (

Gorilla Gets His Game On with Nintendo DS


The caption for that pic should be, "Is it my turn yet!" As the story goes, a little boy was carrying his Nintendo DS at the San Francisco Zoo and somehow dropped it into the gorilla cage.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Michael Anderson (

Nintendo DS App Review: Korg DS-10 Plus


I adamantly refuse to call Korg DS-10 Plus a ‘game', despite it being a cartridge for the Nintendo DS. Read on to find out why! The Hype: KORG DS-10 Plus is an enhanced version of the revolutionary KORG DS-10 synthesizer software that was released to...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Michael Anderson (

Nintendo DS & Wii Game Review: SimAnimals Africa


Early this year EA released SimAnimals, a game that allowed you to engage animals in their natural surroundings rather than in a zoo. You managed and guided their interactions and environments as you progressed further and further into a forest in a...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Michael Anderson (

Nintendo DS Game Review: Spore Hero Arena


Will Wright's 2008 PC game Spore was hyped to the point where anything that was actually released couldn't help but disappoint. The publishers also made some arrogant claims regarding their DRM that led to the game being quickly cracked and becoming...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Graham Russell (

The Legendary Starfy


Platformers have become a tired genre. Gamers have been playing them for twenty-five years, and there really isn't much that can surprise us. It's all about iteration, personality and polish, and that's boring. The Legendary Starfy, though, supplies...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Francesca DiMola (

The Legendary Starfy


On land or under the sea, this game has platforming, exploration, and plenty of extras to keep everyone happy.

Exploring is incredibly fun ; Great additional content

Too Easy

It's about on par with the games before it, but leagues better than 4. If you were bored by the challenge level in the others, you won't be in for much different here.

Jul, 2009

Product Specifications

With impressive 3D rendered graphics, Nintendo DS delivers portable games for fans of any genre. Plus, you can play all your favorite Game Boy Advance games in a single-player mode. With Nintendo DS, dual screens and touch-screen technology allow you to interact with games like never before. Wireless communication allows you to experience real-time multiplayer game play, while built-in PictoChat software gives you the power to draw, write and send messages wirelessly. Nintendo DS revolutionizes the way games are played. Two LCD screens offer one of the most groundbreaking game play advances ever developed. Imagine the possibilities. In a racing game, you might see your own vehicle's perspective on one screen and an overall track view on the other. Soon, games could be created allowing you to play games on one screen while sending text messages on the other. The lower screen offers something never before provided by any dedicated game device: touch-screen capabilities. You no longer have to rely on just buttons to move your character or shift perspectives. Navigate menus or access inventory items simply by touching the screen with a stylus or fingertip. The possibilities are limited only by developers' imaginations. The touch screen features a tougher film cover for durability, and the included stylus is stored in the back of the unit. A built-in microphone port means that with Nintendo DS, you only need to tell your games what to do. Developers could create games, which identify everything from voice commands to hand clapping. Imagine moving your characters simply by telling them which way to go! Communication-based games could use the microphone and you can chat with others over a local network, or even the Internet in the future. The Nintendo DS microphone gives you even more ways to interact with your favorite games. Nintendo DS sound capabilities allow for greatly expanded use of voices and music, and a richer, more immersive game experience. Stereo speakers allow for virtual surround sound and a plug for headphones transmits stereo sound. Hear something in your left headphone? Audio clues can give you advance warning that an enemy is approaching or that a hidden secret is nearby. Sound can be one of the most immersive components of any video game, and Nintendo DS delivers big sound in a small package.

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode:Stereo


Analog thumbsticks: Yes
Built-in touchpad: Yes
Color of product:Black / Blue / Blue, Metallic / Pink / Red / Silver / White
Gaming control function keys:D-pad, Home, Power, Select, Start
Gaming control technology:Analogue / Digital
LED Indicators: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3 / 3.25 / 4.2
Display number of colors:262144 colours
Display Resolution:256 x 192
Second display:Y
Second display diagonal:3 / 3.25
Second display resolution:256 x 192
Second LCD screen: Yes
Touch screen: Yes

Display (Projector)

Color Support:18-bit color
Color Support:18-bit color
Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Output Type:Color
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Battery life (max):10 / 14
Battery performance:850
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:2.5


ESRB Rating:E (Everyone)
Game edition:Basic
Genre:Action / Adventure / Educational / Puzzle
Language version:Dutch / English
Languages supported:DUT / ENG
PEGI rating:3
Platform:Nintendo DS

Game Console

Color Support:Color
Form Factor:Handheld
Name:Nintendo DS/Nintendo DS Lite
Type:Handheld game console/Handheld game system / Handheld game console


Model:DS/DS M&M's Bundle / DS M&Ms Bundle/DS M&Ms Bundle / DS M&M's Bundle/DS Nintendogs Best Friend Bundle/DS nintendogs pak Labrador & Friends
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nintendo

Input Device

Type:4-way cross keypad


Color:Blue/Electric blue/Red


Type: None


Audio formats supported:AAC / AAC, M4A
Built-in camera:No / Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Main camera resolution:640 x 480
Main camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Second camera: Yes
Video compression format:3GP, MP4
Video formats supported:3GP,MP4


Bluetooth: No
Security algorithms:WEP / WEP, WPA, WPA-AES, WPA-TKIP, WPA2, WPA2-AES
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b / 802.11b, 802.11g

Other Features

AC (power) in: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Games included:1 / Pokémon Bianco Versione / Pokémon Nero Versione
Manual: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
User guide: Yes
Video game included:No / Yes


Internal memory:16 / 256 / 4
Parental Control: Yes
Platform:Nintendo DS

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Battery Capacity:850
Battery life (max):10 / 14
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:2.5


Built-in memory capacity:0.25
Built-In Optical Drive:N
Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC
Maximum memory card size:32

Video Output

2D/3D Graphics Support:2D/3D graphics acceleration

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.744 / 2.95 / 3.33
Height:0.744 / 0.748 / 1.14 / 2.95
Weight:11.1 / 7.55 / 7.69 / 9.7
Width:5.39 / 5.87