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Nintendo DS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3393 reviews of Nintendo DS. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical comments about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo DS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo DS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 471 user reviews of Nintendo DS from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Opinions about the size and portability are generally positive. The design and price also get good views, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo DS Handheld ConsoleNintendo DS Handheld Console

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo DS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1151 user reviews of Nintendo DS from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Comments about the game selection and design are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good opinions, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo DSNintendo DS

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (

Nintendo DS


The Nintendo DS is the much hyped new handheld console from Nintendo, and competitor to the Sony's PSP. Whilst Nintendo have stated the DS is not a Gameboy replacement, for all intents and purposes it is a more powerful handheld console, and thus will...

Touch screen, wireless technology, brilliant games ;

Not the most powerful thing around ;

The DS comes in at less than one third of the cost of the PSP, and bears all of Nintendo's trademark characters, the characters that have captured entire generations across the world. The likes of Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong don't need awe inspiring...

Dec, 2005

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Nintendo DS


Up against it when compared to the PSP and not the worthy substitute it should have been. Once more people crack the dual screen, though, it might be worth a second look

Aug, 2008

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First Take: Nintendo DS


We take Nintendo's newly announced portable for a test drive.

May, 2004

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We have gone through two of the these things (DSi). The card reader goes on them and this is in a two year period. I think you are better off saving your money and buying a Playstation 3 but don't go online with it. Do yourself a favour and don't waste...

Fun for the kids when they are going.

Bad warranty service from Nintendo in Melbourne, they tried to charge us for warranty work.

Jul, 2011

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I think that it's pretty good, especially for the camera capability. I would give this as a gift to a hardcore gamer.

Bigger screen, easy volume control, added brightness control, camera capability, audio recording, s.d. card usage, internet connection. needs to have flash player, no video recording, game quality is a little low, low memory.

Jan, 2011

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Great product, fun for kids and adults xl has a bigger screen so makes the games more enjoyabe to play

My son has the DSi XL and he LOVES it. It is a little bit pricey in shops but we got ours online and saved about $40. He loves it, its handy for car trips and rainy days. Camera and voice recorder are fun even for adults

Nothing yet except maybe the camera could be a little bit better quality.

Jan, 2011

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The Nintendo dsi is a great product and ticks almost all the boxes. It has great screen colour and it is simply a great console for children and teens. Nintendo has also created a great camera and features too. Along with this the nintendo dsi is lite...

It is simply great. You can play favourite ds games on them and the extra camera was great. You are now able to take pictures with your dsi and tranfer them to your computer. Futhermore, you can also edit the photoes and make them funny. The dsi has a...

The nintendo dsi was almos overall the same as the nintendo ds lite. The controls were the same and eveything was almost the same, however nintendo charged a whole lot more for the dsi than the ds lite on the launch date.

Jan, 2011

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I bought the DSi XL to replace my DS Lite. This was mainly because I was getting a bit of eyestrain peering at the small screen on the Lite. Some of my DS Lite games such as Scrabble, Touchmaster, Brain Training, etc are much more pleasant to play on...

I have the XL version of the DSi. I love it. The larger screen is very easy on the eyes. The camera and sound recording functions are quite amusing. The menu system is very easy to use. The larger stylus is much more comfortable to use. The battery...

Internet connection is very slow. The shiny upper cover shows every finger print. There is nowhere to store the larger stylus. This console may be a bit heavy for young children.

Sep, 2010

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The Nintendo DSi is an excellent source of entertainment for my son and myself also. With a wide range of games available and plenty of cool little apps you can download from the DSware website you are sure to get continued enjoyment from a DSi.

An awesome little unit. I love how it has Wi-Fi and you can download software directly from the Nintendo site. Cool stuff to do with the camera and microphone and the use of these features is worked into a lot of the games and other software avilable.

Nothing except that they don't ever seem to come down in price much.

May, 2010

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We won the Nintendo DSi in a competition. We would not have gone out and bought it specifically as we already owned an older DS and play lots of computer games and also own a PS3. Anyway we gave it to our young son who thoroughly enjoys it. It was a...

Good battery life, very portable. Dual screen

All ok so far

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode:Stereo


Analog thumbsticks: Yes
Built-in touchpad: Yes
Colour of product:Black / Blue / Blue, Metallic / Pink / Red / Silver / White
Gaming control function keys:D-pad, Home, Power, Select, Start
Gaming control technology:Analogue / Digital
LED indicators: Yes
Product colour:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:10.7 / 7.62 / 8.25
Display number of colours:262144 colours
Display Resolution:256 x 192
Second display: Yes
Second display diagonal:7.62 / 8.25
Second display resolution:256 x 192
Touchscreen: Yes

Display (Projector)

Colour Support:18-bit colour
Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Output Type:Colour
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


ESRB Rating:E (Everyone)
Game edition:Basic
Genre :Action / Adventure / Educational / Puzzle
Language version:DUT / ENG
PEGI Rating:3
Platform:Nintendo DS


Elements:Miscellaneous - kids / children's games & entertainment
Max Number of Players:4
PEGI Rating:3+

Game Console

Colour Support:Colour
Form Factor:Handheld
Name:Nintendo DS
Type:Handheld game console


Compatibility:Game console
Model:Do you know your walking routine?/DS/DS nintendogs pak Labrador & Friends/Lite
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nintendo/Nintendo DS Browser/Walk with me!

Input Device

Type:4-way cross keypad


Package Type:Retail


Type: None


Audio formats supported:AAC / AAC, M4A
Built-in Camera:No / Yes
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Main camera resolution:640 x 480
Main camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Second Camera: Yes
Video formats supported:3GP, MP4


Bluetooth: No
Security algorithms:WEP / WEP, WPA, WPA-AES, WPA-TKIP, WPA2, WPA2-AES
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b / 802.11b, 802.11g

Other features

AC (power) in: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Games included:1 / Pokémon Bianco Versione / Pokémon Nero Versione
Manual: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
User guide: Yes
Video game included:No / Yes


Internal Memory:16 / 256 / 4
Parental control: Yes
Platform:Nintendo DS

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Battery Capacity:850
Battery life (max):10 / 14
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:2.5


Category:Games/Internet & communication applications
Licence Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - miscellaneous / entertainment / educational/Internet & communication - browser / suite
Type:Nintendo DS


Built-in memory capacity:0.25
Built-In Optical Drive: No
Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC
Maximum memory card size:32

Video Output

2D/3D Graphics Support:2D/3D graphics acceleration

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.89 / 7.49 / 7.5 / 8.47
Height :1.89 / 1.9 / 2.89 / 7.49
Weight:214 / 218 / 275 / 314
Width:13.7 / 14.9