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The Nintendo DS (ニンテンドーDS Nintendō DS?, abbreviated to DS or NDS) is a two-screened portable game system created by Nintendo. It has a clam-shell design, which allows it to close and protect both screens at once when not in use. The bottom screen is touch-sensitive, which has made it and its games stand out from other hand-held systems. Its games include two Metroid titles, Metroid Prime Hunters and Metroid Prime Pinball, as well as the demo of Metroid Prime Hunters, Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt. It is compatible with the Nintendo DS Rumble Pak.

There is a slightly smaller version with brighter screens known as the Nintendo DS Lite and the latest model with larger screens (among various other new features) called the Nintendo 3DS.


Original Box Art with Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt demo.

The lower display of the Nintendo DS is overlaid with a touchscreen, designed to accept input from the included stylus, the user's fingers, or a curved plastic tab attached to the optional wrist strap. The touchscreen allows users to interact with in-game elements more directly than by pressing buttons; for example, in the included chatting software, PictoChat, the stylus is used to write messages or draw.

Traditional controls are located on either side of the touchscreen. To the left is a D-pad, with a narrow Power button above it, and to the right are the A, B, X, and Y buttons, with narrow Select and Start buttons above them. Shoulder buttons L and R are located on the upper corners of the lower half of the system. The overall button layout is similar to the controller of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom in Japan).

The Nintendo DS features stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound (depending on the software) located on either side of the upper display screen. This is a first for a Nintendo handheld, as the Game Boy line of systems has only supported stereo sound through the use of headphones or external speakers.

A built-in microphone is located below the left side of the bottom screen. It has been used for a variety of purposes, including speech recognition (Nintendogs, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!), chatting online between and during gameplay sessions (Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), and minigames that require the player to blow or shout into the microphone.

Metroid games playable on the Nintendo DS[]

Nintendo World Store Metroid Prime Hunters DS

Metroid Dread was in development for Nintendo DS at two points in the mid to late 2000s, but cancelled. It was eventually developed into a game for Nintendo Switch and released in 2021.

Metroid games playable through GBA backwards compatibility[]

(DS and DS Lite models only)

Metroid cameos on the Nintendo DS[]

Jeff McCloud's PDA resembles a Nintendo DS.

Metroid cameos through GBA backwards compatibility[]

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  1. ^ 05 Nintendo Annual Report - Nintendo Co., Ltd. pp. 9. Nintendo Co., Ltd. (2005-05-26). Retrieved on 2006-08-14.