The newest piece of hardware in the video game wars, the Nintendo DS, arrived in stores last month out to prove that two is better than one--in more ways than one.
Published: December 11, 2004, 6:30 AM PST By J.D. Biersdorfer The New York Times The popular handheld console has two display screens ready for duty when a player flips open the clamshell case, and two microprocessors to handle the color game graphics and the machine's many other functions. True to its dual nature, the device has slots for two kinds of game cartridges: its own Nintendo DS games, as well as any of the hundreds of cartridges designed for the older Game Boy Advance machines. "We wanted people with a big game library to feel comfortable moving forward," said George Harrison, senior vice president for marketing and communications at Nintendo of America. The DS includes the standard navigation and action buttons typically found on handheld consoles and controllers, but it also has a touch screen and a thumb pad that give players different ways to play. Even the microphone can be used to control the action. "We had to provide software developers with new ways to allow customers to interact with our game.