The Nintendo DS: choosing the right portable console

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Nintendo DS, DSi, XL, 3DS ... Since the Black and White Game Boy, Nintendo's portable console has come a long way. Until the recent 3DS XL, several models are intended for children as well as occasional or passionate players. Overview of the capabilities and specificities of each console.

  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo DS Lite
  • Nintendo DSi
  • Nintendo DSi XL
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo DS

  • Released in 2004, the Nintendo DS is the first console to offer a game on two screens simultaneously.
  • It is compatible with Game Boy Advance games thanks to a dedicated port.
  • Equipped with WiFi, with a range of 10 to 30 meters, to connect players to each other.

Nintendo DS Lite

  • Much lighter than the Nintendo DS, it is this which made the success of the Nintendo portable console. It is the best-selling console in the world.
  • Available in white, black, pink, red, green, turquoise and pink.
  • The model is also backward compatible with Game Boy Advance games.

Nintendo DSi

  • The DSi arrived in Europe in 2009. It succeeds the DS Lite with a thinner and lighter model.
  • It is equipped with an SD card reader, in particular for storing photos or games downloaded via Nintendo DSiWare, using Nintendo Points. It can in particular be connected to the home network.
  • Equipped with two indoor and outdoor photo lenses.
  • Available in metallic blue, sky blue and red.

Nintendo DSi XL

  • It is the first console model aimed at a more adult audience, and sometimes even senior, with greater ease of reading.
  • The console is bigger, with two screens twice the size of the classic Nintendo DSi.
  • The functionality is the same as on the Nintendo DSi.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Available since March 2011, it is the first portable console to turn to 3D. The top screen is adjustable for a level of comfort suited to the player.
  • In addition to 3D, several notable new features: a circular pad for game movements, and a console geared towards exchanging with SpotPass (WiFi connection) and StreetPass to record the data of players who are less than ten meters away. console.
  • Backward compatible with 2D games, but not with Game Boy Advance games.

Nintendo 3DS XL

  • The last model of the portable console was released in July 2012. It exists in several colors: white, black, blue, red, blue, silver or pink.
  • Twice the size of the 3DS, it's also wider, with rounded edges and a matte appearance.
  • Also integrates StreetPass and SpotPass functions. Equipped with a circular pad.
  • Sold without charger, but compatible with the Nintendo 3DS charger.

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