See Nintendo DS (battle stage) for the battle stage with the same name.

The Nintendo DS (also called DS or NDS) is a handheld system made by Nintendo, released in 2004. The only Mario Kart game made for the system is Mario Kart DS. There is A, B, X, and Y buttons, a D-pad, a Power button, START and SELECT buttons, and a volume switch. There are two screens, and the bottom one is a touch screen and a microphone is built-in. On March 2, 2006, Nintendo released a newer model, called the Nintendo DS Lite, a slimmer and lighter redesign of the original Nintendo DS with brighter screens. On November 1, 2008, Nintendo released a second redesign, called the Nintendo DSi with exclusive downloadable games, cameras, an internet browser, and other features. However, it lost support for Game Boy Advance games and few DS games that require the use of the GBA slot. On November 21, 2009, Nintendo released a larger verison of the Nintendo DSi, called the Nintendo DSi XL (called DSi LL in Japan). The DS line was discontinued in 2014 and was succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS in early 2011.

A Nintendo DS Lite.

Mario Kart DS can be played on any of these systems, and Mario Kart: Super Circuit (along with other Game Boy Advance games) can be played in the Game Boy Advance slot on the original Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite. In Mario Kart DS, there is a battle stage designed exactly the same as the first Nintendo DS. The DSi, DSi XL, and all the models of the 3DS line are not backwards compatible with GBA games.

See Nintendo DS (battle stage) for more details.


The touch screen of a Nintendo DSi.

  • The original DS was surprisingly released nearly an year before the Game Boy Micro, the last model in the Game Boy line.


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