March 2, 2012 Leave a comment
The Nintendo DS is the most recent handheld system developed by Nintendo. It was released in 2004 and was the first handheld system to feature dual screens. In improved edition called the DS Lite was released in 2006. The term “Lite” refers to it having brighter screens, smaller size and lower weight, it still has the same features as the original. Specs: Two backlit 3-inch TFT color LCDs with 256×192 pixel resolution Lower screen is a touch screen Color: Capable of displaying 260,000 colors Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo’s proprietary format Multiple users can play multiplayer games using just one DS game card Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone for voice recognition, A/B/X/Y face buttons, plus control pad, L/R shoulder buttons, Start and Select buttons Input/Output: Ports for both Nintendo DS game cards and Game Boy Advance Game packs, terminals for stereo headphones and microphone Other Features: Embedded PictoChat software that allows up to 16 users to chat at once; embedded real-time clock; date, time and alarm; touch-screen calibration CPUs: One ARM9 and one ARM7 Sound: Stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound, depending on the software Battery: Lithium ion battery delivering six to 10 hours of play on a four-hour charge, depending on use; power-saving sleep mode; AC adapter Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian Available colors: various, depending on region About Nintendo DS emulation Unfortunately emulation of the Nintendo DS is still at an early stage. No emulator exists yet which can play most games properly. This means the current focus of emulator authors is to make their emulators more accurate, which in turn means that optimization has less priority. Due to this, even if a game can be played, it might run extremely slow – even on the fastest PCs available today.