The original DS saw two remakes over the course of its life, first with the DS Lite in 2006 and then with the DSi and DSi XL in 2009. With its clamshell design reminiscent of the Game Boy Advance SP, the Nintendo DS was a durable machine. The design of the original model was built well enough that children could drop it without damaging it — a major concern of Nintendo’s and an advantage over the PSP. It’s biggest feature was the touchscreen on the lower screen, which allowed for unique input in games and changed the way that developer’s approached game design. Its games moved from bulky cartridges to slim “Game Cards”, though it retained an extra slot on the bottom for backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance games. It was also the first handheld console to support wireless connectivity without any additional peripherals.
Continuing the tradition set by its predecessors, the Nintendo DS saw the next generation of Pokemon games released, this time called Pokemon Pearl, Diamond, and Platinum. In fact, the DS had more generations of Pokemon games released for it than any previous Game Boys, including Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pokemon Black and White, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2.
Released in 2004, the Nintendo DS was out just before the release of Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP), which would go on to become the first real competitor to Nintendo’s grip on the handheld gaming market. Despite this, the Nintendo DS went on to become insanely popular, and it’s dual screen design lives on today in a newer console called the Nintendo 3DS.
The first major Pokemon games released for the system in 2006, Pearl and Diamond, saw the addition of 107 new Pokemon, as well as the ability to connect to other Nintendo DSs over WiFi. Graphics got a huge upgrade as well, bringing the Pokemon games into the modern age and brilliantly mixing 2D and 3D graphics. Later, the remakes of the Game Boy Color games Pokemon Gold and Silver, titled HeartGold and SoulSilver, were released, allowing gamers to relive some of their favorite games with improved graphics and features.