|Predecessor||Game Boy Advance|
Types of DS
There are currently 4 different versions of the Nintendo DS, all with bottom touch screens. The first is the Nintendo DS (sometimes called the Nintendo DS Phat due to its bulkier appearance). The second is the Nintendo DS Lite, known for the slimmer body. More DS Lite consoles have been sold than any other DS model so far. The third is the Nintendo DSi, with 2 cameras and matte surface to produce less fingerprints. The Nintendo DSi XL was released in Japan in late 2009, early March in Europe and released in the United States on March 28, 2010.
Nintendo announced in 2010 that they were planning to make a successor to the DS series that utilized 3D technology, called the Nintendo 3DS. This console was revealed alongside 3DS games, including a preview of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which is releasing June 9th in America, June 14th in Europe and June 15th in Australia and New Zealand. The 3DS was released on March 27, 2011 in North America.
The Stylus is a utensil that is used to operate the lower screen on the Nintendo DS (commonly called the touch screen). The Nintendo DSi XL has two different sized styluses, one full sized, and the other slightly bigger than the Nintendo DSi's stylus. Animal Crossing: Wild World has two different control schemes: one that is entirely controlled by the buttons on the DS, and one that is controlled entirely by the stylus. Input from the method not currently in use will cause Wild World to switch control modes; however the initial input will not be recognized until used again.