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Top 10 2009 Nintendo R4 DS Unique Facts by Maggie

After creating the â€Top 10 2009 Nintendo Wii Unique Fact s†list, I decided that it would only be fitting if I did the same for all three versions of the Nintendo DS (Original, Lite, DSi)! I'm sure you'll find some pretty intriguing Fact s regarding the DS system.

Featured Videos10:22Pokmon Diamond / Pearl Walkthrough Part 703:15Super Mario Bros "Spring of Death" Glitch TutorialBy 5min Life Videopedia Well, I’m sure that all of you found at least one interesting Fact about the Wii in my â€Top 10 2009 Nintendo Wii Unique Fact s†article.

But what do you REALLY know about the Nintendo DS, DS Lite and DSi gaming systems? It’s time to find out the true extent of your knowledge about the popular handhelds! These are the Top 10 2009 Nintendo DS Unique Fact s!

Fact 10 - Local Wireless Distance

Two or more Nintendo DS systems can communicate with each other over local wireless up to a distance of 30 feet!

Fact 9 - Codename: Nitro

Before its release, the system's code-name was Nitro, resulting in the letters â€NTR†appearing in the serial number written on the back of game cards and the system itself.

Fact 8 - Battery Life

For the original Nintendo DS, on a full 4-hour charge, the Fact ory 850 mAH battery lasts about 10 hours. Battery life is affected by multiple Fact ors including speaker volume, use of one or both screens, backlighting, and use of wireless connectivity. The biggest effect on battery life is caused by using the backlight, which can be turned off in the main menu screen, or in selected games.

For the Nintendo DS Lite, on a full 3-hour charge, the battery will last up to 20 hours on the lowest backlight setting, and up to 8 hours on the brightest.

For the Nintendo DSi, on a full 2 and ?-hour charge, the battery will last up to 14 hours on the lowest backlight setting, and up to 4 hours on the brightest.

Fact 7 - Hacking the Mainframe

Since the release of the Nintendo DS, a great deal of hacking has occurred involving the DS’s fully rewritable firmware, Wi-Fi connection, game cards that allow SD storage, and software use. There are now many different emulators for the DS such as: NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Sega MegaDrive, Neo-Geo Pocket, Neo-Geo (arcade) as well as many other older consoles like Game Boy Color. Due to the processor power and RAM limitations, the DS cannot emulate Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PS2, Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360 games.

There are a number of cards which either have built-in flash memory, or a slot which can accept an SD, or MicroSD (like the DSTT and R4) cards. These cards allow the user to play music, movies and load homebrew and commercial games.

In South Korea, many video game consumers exploit illegal copies of video games, including for the Nintendo DS. In 2007, 500,000 copies of DS games were sold, while the sales of the DS hardware units was 800,000.

Fact 6 - Color Therapy?

Nine official colors of the Nintendo DS were available through standard retailers. Titanium (silver and black) were available worldwide, Electric Blue was exclusive to North and Latin America. There was also a red version of the DS which was bundled with the game Mario Kart DS. Graphite Black, Pure White, Turquoise Blue and Candy Pink were available in Japan. Mystic Pink and Cosmic Blue were available in Australia and New Zealand. Japan's Candy Pink and Australia's Cosmic Blue were also available in Europe and North America through a Nintendogs bundle, although the colors were just referred to as â€pink†and â€blueâ€; however, these colors were only available for the original style Nintendo DS.

The Nintendo DS Lite is currently available in a multitude of colors: Polar White, Onyx Black, Coral Pink, Crimson Black, Cobalt Black, Metallic Silver and Metallic Rose. Of course, aside from the color, there is no difference in hardware or system updates when compared to the original Polar White version.

Finally, the Nintendo DSi currently comes in Matte White and Matte Black colors.

Apparently, the reason behind releasing a system in multiple colors is purely on the marketing side. Although I can’t explain it, several articles on the internet â€claim†that certain colors appeal to certain people, though as I mentioned earlier, the difference is solely aesthetic.

Fact 5 - DS Sales Surpass Record Numbers

As of October 1, 2009, the original style DS and the DS Lite has sold 6,449,206 and 17,080,747 units, respectively, in Japan, according to Famitsu. As of December 2, 2009, the DS, DS Lite and DSi combined to sell 24,239,590 units in Japan alone, according to Enterbrain.

Fact 4 - Keep that Remote on the Nintendo Channel

On May 7, 2009, Nintendo released the Nintendo Channel for download on the Wii. The Nintendo Channel uses Nintendo's WiiConnect24 to download Nintendo DS demos through the Nintendo Channel. From there, a person can select the game demo they wish to play and, similar to the Nintendo DS Download Stations at retail outlets, download the demo (temporarily) to their DS.

Fact 3 - Best-Selling Games

As of September 30, 2009, the best-selling game of the Nintendo DS has been Nintendogs, most likely because of its vast appeal to both young and old gamers. The second-best selling game as of September 30, 2009 is the New Super Mario Bros., a revival on the classic side-scrolling Mario franchise.

Fact 2 - Regional Division

Past Nintendo systems were region-locked, meaning that if you bought a Nintendo system in North America, it would only run games made in North America. This is not the case with the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS is region-free in the sense that any system will run a Nintendo DS game purchased anywhere in the world; however, the Chinese version games can only be played on the Chinese iQue DS, whose larger firmware chip contains the required Chinese character glyph images.

Also, as with Gameboy games, some games that require both players to have a Nintendo DS game card for multiplayer play will not necessarily work together if the games are from different regions (i.e. a Japanese Nintendo DS game may not work with a North American Nintendo DS game, though some titles, such as Mario Kart DS, are mutually compatible). With the addition of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, certain games can be played over the Internet with users of a different region game.

Some Wi-Fi enabled games (i.e. Mario Kart DS) allow the selection of opponents by region. The options are â€Regional†(â€Continent†in Europe) and â€Worldwide,†as well as two non-location-specific settings. This allows the player to limit competitors to only those opponents based in the same geographical area. This is based on the region code of the console in use.

The Nintendo DSi, however, has region-block for the DSWare downloadable games.

Fact 1 - Dogs and Wars Drop the Price

The first Nintendo DS variant originally retailed for $149.99 USD, but one day prior to the release of Nintendogs and Advance Wars: Dual Strike, the price dropped a whopping $20.00 to encourage sales! It just goes to show you that sometimes, it really is worth waiting for your favorite game to come out before buying the system.

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