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{{Infobox CVG system
|title=Nintendo DS Lite
|image=[[Image:DSLite white trans.png|250px|right]]
|manufacturer = [[Nintendo]]
|family = [[Nintendo DS]]
|type = [[Handheld game console]]
|generation = [[History of video game consoles (seventh generation)|Seventh generation era]]
|lifespan = {{vgrelease|JP=[[March 2]], [[2006]]}}{{vgrelease|AUS=[[June 1]], [[2006]]}}{{vgrelease|NA=[[June 11]], [[2006]]}}{{vgrelease|EU=[[June 23]], [[2006]]}}
|CPU=67&nbsp;MHz [[ARM946E-S]] and<br />33&nbsp;MHz [[ARM7TDMI]]<ref>{{cite web|title=Nintendo DS Lite|url=|accessdate=2006-05-22}}</ref>
|media=[[Game Boy Advance|GBA]] cartridges<br />[[Nintendo DS#Media specifications|Nintendo DS Game Card]]s
|storage=Cartridge save, 4 MB [[Random access memory|RAM]]
|connectivity=[[Wi-Fi]], [[Local area network|LAN]]
|onlineservice=[[Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection]]
|unitssold=Worldwide: 51.78 million <small>(as of [[March 31]] [[2008]])</small> ([[Nintendo DS Lite#Sales|details]])
|topgame=''[[Nintendogs]]'', 18.67 million, all versions combined <small>(as of [[March 31]] [[2008]])</small><ref name="080425e">{{cite web |url= |title=Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ended March 2008 |publisher=[[Nintendo]] |date=2008-04-25 |format=[[PDF]] |pages=6 |accessdate=2008-04-25}}</ref><br />''[[New Super Mario Bros.]]'', {{nowrap|14.16 million}} <small>(as of [[March 31]] [[2008]])</small><ref name="080425e"/>
|predecessor = [[Nintendo DS]] (concurrent)
The '''Nintendo DS Lite''' (sometimes abbreviated '''DSLite''') is a dual-screen [[handheld game console]] developed and manufactured by [[Nintendo]]. It is a slimmer, brighter, and more lightweight redesign of the [[Nintendo DS]], designed to be aesthetically sleeker while taking styling cues from the [[Game Boy Advance SP]], and to appeal to broader commercial audiences. It was announced on [[January 26]] [[2006]], more than a month before its first launch in Japan on [[March 2]] [[2006]] due to overwhelming demand for the original model.<ref name="reggie_interview">{{cite web|last=Rojas|first=Peter|date =2006-02-20| url=|title= The Engadget Interview: Reggie Fils-Aime, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo|publisher= Engadget|accessdate=2006-06-01}}</ref> It has been released in Japan, Australia, North America, Europe, New Zealand, Singapore, and defined regions in South America, the Middle East and Korea. As of [[March 31]] [[2008]], sales of the DS Lite have reached 51.78 million units worldwide.<ref name="earnings release Q1 2008"/>
*Capable of receiving [[Wi-Fi]] signals from other Nintendo DS Lite systems, the original Nintendo DS, Nintendo's [[Wii]] and Wi-Fi access points. [[Wired Equivalent Privacy|WEP]] encrypted and unencrypted networks are supported. [[Wi-Fi Protected Access|WPA]] encryption is not supported.<ref>{{cite web|title=Nintendo - Customer Service|url=|accessdate=2007-01-15}}</ref>
===Differences in the DS Lite over the original DS===
*Weight: 218 g / 7.69 oz (21% lighter than the DS).
*Dimensions: 133 mm &times; 73.9 mm &times; 21.5 mm (vs. 148.7 mm &times; 84.7 mm &times; 28.9 mm - 42% less volume than the DS). In Imperial units, the DS Lite is 5.24 in &times; 2.9 in &times; 0.85 in.
*Extended battery life compared to the DS. With a full three-hour charge the battery will last fifteen to nineteen hours on the lowest brightness setting and five to eight hours on the highest brightness setting (both are dependent on the type of game activity).<ref name="battery">{{cite web |url= |title=Nintendo DS Lite Rechargeable Battery Frequently Asked Questions |publisher=Nintendo |accessdate=2007-07-24}}</ref> After 500 charges, battery life can be expected to drop.<ref name="battery"/> The DS was supplied with a 850mAh battery, while the DS Lite has a 1000mAh battery.
*Brighter, more durable top and bottom LCD screens, with four levels of brightness. Designed to be more resistant to shock.<ref name="dseng">{{cite web|url= | title=DS Lite engineers speak | publisher=CNET|work=GameSpot|date=2006-06-11}}</ref>
*Larger stylus, making it easier to hold<ref name="dseng" /> (stylus dimensions: length 87.5 mm &times; 4.9 mm vs. 75.0 mm &times; 4.0 mm of the DS). The stylus is now also side-loaded and located next to the power switch, making it easier to reach when needed.
*In Japan, the wrist strap no longer includes a thumb stylus; in North America, Australia and Europe, the wrist strap is no longer included at all, though there is still a place to attach it.
*The [[D-pad]] was reduced to 18.6 mm across (16% smaller than the DS), but the A, B, X, and Y buttons retain the same dimensions. There are lines on the D-pad, a design shared with the [[Wii Remote]] and [[Game Boy Micro]].
*The Start and Select buttons have been relocated under the A, B, X, and Y buttons, and are smaller than the original buttons.
*Eight colors: Ice Blue, Enamel Navy, Polar White (Crystal White in Japan), Coral Pink (Noble Pink in Japan), Onyx/Black (Jet Black in Japan), Metallic Rose, Gloss Silver, Crimson/Onyx, and Cobalt/Black (see [[Nintendo DS Lite#Colors|Colors]] below).
*Different external extension connection, rendering it incompatible to accessories for the [[Game Boy Advance]] EXT2 port (power cords and headphone adapters). The new connector is used for the power cord only.
*The power button is now a power slider and is relocated to the right side of the device.
*The redesign of the system has caused Game Boy Advance games to protrude out of the system by 1 cm. In addition, to provide a seamless surface and to keep out dirt, dust, and other debris, a filler cartridge is included.
*The processors are the same as the DS, but made on a smaller custom process so they require less power.
*The built-in microphone is now located between the top and bottom screens of the DS Lite.
==Colors and limited editions==
<!-- Deleted image removed: [[Image:Dsliteblack.jpg|thumb|110px|The Jet black version of the DS Lite]] -->Nintendo revealed the color schemes of the Nintendo DS Lite set for launch in Japan: Crystal White, Ice Blue and Enamel Navy.<ref name="colorja">{{cite web | url= |title=Nintendo DS Lite Color Variations | publisher=Nintendo | accessdate=2007-08-08 |language=Japanese}}</ref> However, due to manufacturing problems only the Crystal White was available at its launch; the other two colors arrived on [[March 11]] [[2006]]. Nintendo released a Noble Pink version in the region on [[July 20]] [[2006]], and a Jet Black version on [[September 2]] [[2006]].<ref name="colorja"/> On [[May 30]] [[2007]], during a retail conference,{{Fact|date=June 2007}} Nintendo announced two new colors for Japan: Metallic Rose and Gloss Silver, which were launched on [[June 23]], [[2007]].<ref name="colorja"/><ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Nintendo releases 2 new colors for DS Lite |accessdate=2007-08-08 |date=2007-05-31|publisher=Japan News Review}}</ref> These new colors have also been launched in South Korea on [[July 7]] [[2007]]. <ref name="Metallic Rose and Gloss Silver in South Korea">{{cite web | url= | title=Metallic Rose and Gloss Silver in South Korea | date=2007-06-23}}</ref> There are no plans to release the Gloss Silver color in other regions.{{Fact|date=January 2008}}
In Australia, the DS Lite was also only available in white (Polar White) at launch. On [[September 21]] [[2006]], the Jet Black (Onyx) color was released. On [[October 16]] [[2006]], [[Nintendo Australia]] announced that the Coral Pink color (renamed ''Pink Nintendo DS Lite'') would be released on [[November 2]] [[2006]], alongside ''[[Nintendogs|Nintendogs: Dalmatian & Friends]]''. On [[May 22]] [[2007]], Nintendo Australia stated that the Ice Blue color would be released in the region for a limited amount of time, starting on [[July 19]] [[2007]].<ref name="ice_blue_ds">{{cite web|url=|title=Ice Blue DS Lite to be released in Australia|accessdate=2007-06-04|date=2007-05-22}}</ref>
In North America, the Nintendo DS Lite was only available in white (renamed "Polar White" for the region) at launch.<ref name="litemario"/> On [[August 24]] [[2006]], Nintendo of America announced two new model colors, Onyx (Jet Black) and Coral Pink (Noble Pink). They were released in North America on [[September 12]] [[2006]].<ref name="black and pink NA">{{cite press release |title=Nintendo Launches New DS Lite Colors Amid Strong Game Sales |publisher=Nintendo of America |date=[[2006-08-24]] |url= |accessdate=2006-08-27 }}</ref> On [[August 21]] [[2007]], a [[Crimson]]/Onyx DS Lite was released in a bundle with ''[[Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!]]''.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=New Nintendo DS Color Comes Bundled with Brain Age 2 |publisher=[[Nintendo]] |accessdate=2007-12-12 |date=2007-08-08}}</ref> Nintendo confirmed this bundle after it was listed by Canadian retail outlet [[Future Shop]]. The listing was picked up and featured on many major online gaming websites such as [[IGN]].<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Canadians To Get Crimson-Black DS Lite? With Brain Age 2 Combo Pack. |publisher=[[IGN]] |accessdate=2007-08-08 |date=2007-07-20}}</ref> As of [[October 2]], [[2007]], the Crimson/Onyx DS Lite is available for purchase individually.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Nintendo Goes Fashion Forward with New Crimson/Onyx Nintendo DS |publisher=Nintendo |accessdate=2007-12-12 |date=2007-10-02}}</ref> The Crimson/Onyx DS Lite was supposedly discontinued only a few months after its release in January 2008.<ref>[ GoNintendo » Blog Archive » Crimson/Black DS Lite discontinued?- What are you waiting for?<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref><ref>[ The Tanooki » Crimson/Onyx DS Lite discontinued- Cobalt Blue coming soon?<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> On [[February 2]] [[2008]], Nintendo of America announced that the Cobalt/Black DS Lite will be released on [[February 10]] [[2008]]<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Nintendo DS Gets a Fashion-Forward New Color Scheme: Cobalt/Black |accessdate=2008-02-06 |date=2008-02-01 |work=Nintendo |publisher=Nintendo}}</ref> in North America.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=New DS Lite Color Confirmed |accessdate=2008-02-06 |author=Jack DeVries |date=2008-02-01 |work=[[IGN]] |publisher=IGN Entertainment}}</ref>
In Europe, in addition to the white version, a black version (named "Smart Black") was available at launch, a color unique to the region at the time. On [[October 27]] [[2006]], the Coral Pink (Noble Pink) edition was released in Europe. On [[12 October]] [[2007]], a silver (Platinum) DS Lite was released in Europe. <ref>[ : Console Nintendo DS Lite - Coloris Argent: Jeux vidéo<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>. On [[June 13]] [[2008]] three new colors, red, green and turquoise, will be released in European countries<ref>{{cite web |url= |title= New DS colours and cooking guide on the way|accessdate=2008-05-21 |date=2008-05-21 |work=Nintendo |publisher=Nintendo}}</ref>.
===Limited editions===
*'''''Final Fantasy III'' edition''': Announced on [[July 12]], [[2006]], and released in conjunction with the [[Final Fantasy III (Nintendo DS)|''Final Fantasy III'' remake]] in Japan. These featured a Crystal White Nintendo DS Lite, with ''Final Fantasy III'' artwork by [[Akihiko Yoshida]]. It is priced at [[Japanese yen|JPY¥]]22,780 ([[United States dollar|US$]]193.76).
*'''Pokémon DAISUKI Club edition:''' On [[July 13]], [[2006]], it was revealed that, in conjunction with the promotion for [[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (video games)|''Pokémon Diamond'' and ''Pearl'']], a limited run of special Nintendo DS Lites would be available through a drawing open to members of the Japanese "Pokémon DAISUKI Club". These featured Crystal White Nintendo DS Lites with the popular ''[[Pokémon]]'' character [[Pikachu]] artwork on the front.<ref name="pokemon_DS">{{cite web |url=|title=Official website for Pokemon |publisher=[[Nintendo]]|language=Japanese|accessdate=2006-07-29}}</ref>
*'''Pokémon Dialga and Palkia edition:''' A Jet Black [[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (video games)|''Pokémon Diamond'' and ''Pearl'']] DS Lite featuring a glitter design of the two legendary Pokémon, [[Dialga]] and [[Palkia]] on the front, was released in [[Pokémon Center#Real-world Pokémon Centers|Pokémon Center]] stores on [[September 28]], [[2006]]. It retails for JPY¥16,800 (US$142.89).<ref name="pokemon_ds_two">{{cite web|url= |title=News article detailing Diamond & Pearl DS Lite |publisher= |accessdate=2006-09-01}}</ref> This DS Lite launched in the U.S. at the [[Nintendo World Store]] in [[New York City]] at a price of US$219.99 in conjunction with ''Pokémon Diamond'' and ''Pearl''. On [[May 15]], [[2007]]{{Fact|date=February 2008}}, the special DS Lite was released in a Bundle Pak that includes both games, a Prima Strategy Guide, and three pins each featuring Dialga, Palkia, and the three starters Piplup, Turtwig, and Chimchar for US$329.95.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl DS Lite Bundle}}</ref>{{Dead link|date=February 2008}} This version of the DS Lite is the power poll prize in v217 of ''[[Nintendo Power]]''.
*'''''Jump Ultimate Stars'' bundle:''' A limited edition DS Lite with the game ''[[Jump Ultimate Stars]]''. It has the words "JUMP ULTIMATE STARS" printed on its case, along with the ''[[Weekly Jump]]'' mascot, the Jump Pirate.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Jump Ultimate Stars DS Lite}}</ref>
*'''''Love and Berry'' bundle:''' A limited edition DS Lite bundle based on a popular Japanese arcade game, ''[[Oshare Majo: Love and Berry|Love and Berry]]''. It is metallic pink and comes with a card reader and cards.
*'''''Winning Eleven'' bundle:''' A limited edition Jet Black DS Lite bundle, which comes with the [[Association Football|soccer]] game ''Winning Eleven''.
*'''''Mario vs. Donkey Kong'' edition:''' [[K-Zone]] had a competition in between [[March 7]] [[2007]] and [[March 19]] [[2007]] that had twenty ''[[Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis]]'' DS Lites as prizes.<ref> The competition is mentioned on the official K-Zone website</ref>
*'''''Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings'' Sky Pirates edition''': A ''[[Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings]]'' bundle was released in Japan on [[April 26]], [[2007]].
*'''''MapleStory'' edition:''' It has been announced that a Nintendo DS Lite bundle will be released at the end of 2007 with the release of ''[[MapleStory DS]]''. This DS Lite bundle will launch in Korea first.{{Fact|date=May 2007}}
*'''''Pirates of the Caribbean'' edition:''' At the world premiere of ''[[Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End]]'' on [[May 19]] [[2007]], models with a [[Pirates of the Caribbean|Pirates]] skull and crossbones on the front and Captain Jack Sparrow in front of a castle on the rear. Also on the back it says "Where the adventure comes to life". These were only released to ticket holders at the ''Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'' premiere at Disneyland. Limited to 1500.{{Fact|date=May 2007}} [[HMV]] Canada is holding a contest from [[August 21]] [[2007]] to [[October 1]] [[2007]] called "HMV Underground", where one of the prizes is a Disney Limited edition DS game system and a ''Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'' game.<ref>[]</ref>
*'''Seattle Mariners edition''': White DS Lites emblazoned with the [[Seattle Mariners]] logo are available at [[Safeco Field]].<ref>{{cite web|last=|first=|authorlink=|coauthors=|date=|year=|month=|url=|title=Seattle Mariners DS: exactly what the US market needs||accessdate=2007-05-23}}</ref>
*'''Pokémon Center Pikachu edition''': Yellow DS Lites which features [[Pikachu]] on the front cover were released in Japan. Buyers had to visit a [[Pokémon Center#Real-world Pokémon Centers|Pokémon Center]] in Japan between [[June 1]] [[2007]] and [[July 1]] [[2007]] and fill in an application form for a chance to win a right to buy the console for [[Japanese yen|JPY¥]]16,800.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Pokemon Center Pikachu Edition|accessdate=2007-06-01}}</ref> On [[November 17]] [[2007]], the special DS Lite was released in a bundle pack for US$345.95.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Pikachu DS Lite Ultimate Bundle}}</ref>{{Dead link|date=February 2008}}
*'''RX-93 ν Gundam edition''': White DS Lites which feature the same red branding seen on [[Amuro Ray]]'s [[RX-93 Nu Gundam|RX-93 ν Gundam]] in the animated film, ''[[Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack]]''. The red logo appears on the left and the wording "RX-93 ν Gundam Mobile Suit Gundam Char's Counterattack" printed on the right. This edition goes on sale in Japan on [[August 9]], [[2007]] and retails at [[Japanese yen|JPY¥]]21,840, with game. Released by [[Namco Bandai Games|Bandai Namco]].<ref>{{cite web|last=|first=|authorlink=|coauthors=|date=|year=|month=|url=|title=RX-93 ν Gundam edition|accessdate=2007-05-11}}</ref>
*'''''Wonderful World'' edition''': Gloss Silver DS Lites feature the black ''[[The World Ends With You|It's a Wonderful World]]'' logo on the left with the title of the game printed on the right. This edition goes on sale in Japan on [[July 27]] [[2007]]. Released by [[Square Enix]].<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Wonderful World edition|accessdate=2007-06-01}}</ref>
* '''''Kirby: Squeak Squad'' edition''': [[K-Zone]] held a competition in between [[April 16]] [[2007]] and [[July 9]] [[2007]] that had forty ''[[Kirby: Squeak Squad]]'' DS Lites as prizes.
* '''''Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates'' Gemini edition''': Being released on [[August 23]], [[2007]] in conjunction with ''[[Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates]]'' in Japan. This features a Crystal White Nintendo DS Lite with ''Ring of Fates'' line art on the right and the title of the game on the left. It is priced at [[Japanese yen|JPY¥]]21,840 ([[United States dollar|US$]]176).<ref name="ffcc_DS">{{cite web |url= |title=Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle: Ring of Fates bundle |publisher=[[Square Enix]]|accessdate=2007-06-22}}</ref>
*'''Nintendo Connection Tour '07 edition:''' During June and July 2007, [[Nintendo Australia]] gave out a very limited edition Black DS Lite with an engraving of "Nintendo DS Connection Tour '07 Champion". There are only 15 in the world - one for each champion at each of the [[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (video games)|''Pokémon Diamond'' and ''Pearl'']] tournaments during the Australia-wide tour.
*'''''Wario: Master of Disguise'' edition''': Continuing their DS Lite promotion, [[K-Zone]] held a competition up until [[September 10]], [[2007]] that had forty ''[[Wario: Master of Disguise]]'' DS Lites as prizes. <ref> The Wario: MoD/K-Zone competition</ref>
*'''''Super Mario 64 DS'' iQue DS edition''': In [[China]], another edition of the DS Lite will be released under the iQue name.<ref> Limited Edition Super Mario 64DS iQue DS Lite</ref>
[[Image:Zeldagold ds closed.jpg|150px|thumb|Zelda Triforce gold edition]]
*'''''The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass'' edition''': On [[November 20]], [[2007]], Nintendo announced a special edition gold DS Lite bundled with ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass]]'', which was released in the [[United States]] on [[November 23]] [[2007]] ([[Black Friday (shopping)|Black Friday]]).<ref name="pcworld">{{cite web |url=,139803/article.html |title=Nintendo Offers New DS Bundles for the Holidays |publisher=[[PC World (magazine)|PC World]] |accessdate=2007-11-21 |date=[[2007-11-20]]}}</ref> It is a gold-colored DS Lite with a Triforce image in the bottom-right corner on the top of the outside.
*'''''Nintendogs'' edition''': On [[November 20]], [[2007]], Nintendo also announced a special edition metallic pink DS Lite bundled with ''[[Nintendogs: Best Friends]]'', which was released in the [[United States]] on [[November 23]] [[2007]] (Black Friday).<ref name="pcworld"/> It has a pink image of a paw in the bottom-right corner of the outside of the DS Lite's top screen.
*'''''Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command'' edition''': [[THQ]] announced a competition to win a special edition DS Lite bearing a design similar to the power armor worn by the [[Ultramarines]]. The design was created in conjunction with Games Workshop and a team of modelers. The design is limited to only six systems.<ref name="THQ">{{cite web |url= |title=THQ UK - News: Exclusive competition! Win a Limited Edition Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command DS |publisher=[[THQ]] |accessdate=2007-12-18 |date=2007-12-18}}</ref>
*'''Crimson/Black Dragon iQue DS'' edition''': In China, with laser-etched dragons on the cover <ref> iQue Crinsom/Black Dragon Edition DS Lite</ref>
*'''Bape Milo edition''': Released in Japan on April 1st 2008, by Japanese Fashion Designer Nigo, A Bathing Ape <ref> Bape Milo DS Edition</ref>
*'''Honeyee x Fragment Design''': Sold in the in the honeyee online store between march 19th and 21th 2008, designed by Hiroshi Fujiwara, <ref> Honeyee x Fragment Design</ref>
The Nintendo DS Lite was released on [[March 2]] [[2006]] in Japan, with the [[suggested retail price]] of [[Japanese yen|¥]]16,800, but due to [[Economic shortage|lack of supply and excessive demand]] of Nintendo DS systems at retail price following the Nintendo DS Lite's launch in Japan, many Asian electronics distributors raised the retail price of the redesigned handheld console to ¥23,300. On some Japanese auction sites it was being offered for prices as high as ¥40,000.<ref name="auctions_ja">{{cite web|url= | title=Yahoo! Japan DS Auctions | publisher=Yahoo! | accessdate=2006-05-23}}</ref>
Even though Nintendo managed to release 550,000 units in March 2006 (which was above their initial projections), many excited Japanese gamers were left empty-handed soon afterward. The shortage was supposed to be eased after Nintendo released 700,000 Nintendo DS Lites during April 2006. However, retailers in [[Tokyo]] sold out yet again by late May 2006.<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Japan DS Lite | author=Danny Choo | accessdate=2006-06-11}}</ref> This shortage would last for most of 2006 and 2007 with retailers all around the country having permanent ads apologizing for the shortage and announcing the ignorance of when a restock would arrive. When the product arrived, it would sell out within days. Since restocking was erratic, looking for the product often involved several visits to different retailers, and most of the time without finding the product. This was still the case in Japan as of [[April 25]] [[2007]], with stores turning away potential customers every day and selling out quickly.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Analyst Predicts Wii Shortages Into 2009 |accessdate=2007-04-26 }}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Nintendo Sales Up, but Wii Misses Target |accessdate=2007-04-26 }}</ref>
The Nintendo DS Lite was released in Australia on [[June 1]], [[2006]], for [[Australian dollar|AU$]]199.95. A demo of ''[[Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!|Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?]]'' was bundled with the DS Lite at launch.{{Fact|date=April 2008}}
===North America===
The Nintendo DS Lite was released on [[June 11]], [[2006]], for [[United States dollar|US$]]129.99 in the United States, and [[Canadian dollar|CA$]]149.99 in [[Canada]].<ref name="litemario">{{cite web|date=2006-05-04 |url= |title=New Nintendo DS Lites The Way For Mario|publisher=Nintendo|accessdate=2006-06-01}}</ref>
There have been various reports of North American [[Target Corporation|Target]], [[Wal-Mart]], [[Kmart]], and [[Meijer]] stores having sold Nintendo DS Lite units as early as [[May 30]] [[2006]], breaking the official launch date.<ref name="rumor_early">{{cite web|author=Polybren|date=2006-05-31|url=|title=DS Lite launches early?| publisher=GameSpot |accessdate=2006-05-31|accessyear=|curly=}}</ref>
On [[June 12]] [[2006]] [[GameSpot]] reported that North American Nintendo DS Lites had sold out at major online retailers, as well as several [[Brick and mortar business|brick-and-mortar stores]].<ref name="US sellout">{{cite web|last=Surette|first=Tim |date=2006-06-12|url= |title=DS Lites up US retailers |work=GameSpot |publisher=CNET|accessdate=2006-05-31}}</ref>
On [[June 13]] [[2006]] Nintendo announced that 136,500 units were sold in two days since the DS Lite went on sale in North America, and seemed to be on pace to the 500,000 sold by the original Nintendo DS in its first ten days.<ref name="twodays">{{cite web | date=2006-06-12 | url= | title=Nintendo news: Nintendo DS continues to dominate portable video games | publisher=Nintendo|accessdate=2006-06-14 |archiveurl= |archivedate=2006-06-12 }}</ref>
The Nintendo DS Lite was officially released in Europe on [[June 23]] [[2006]], for [[pound sterling|£]]99.99 in the UK, [[Euro|€]]149.99 in the [[Eurozone]]. In [[Finland]] and [[Sweden]], the DS Lite was released on [[June 22]], [[2006]], due to [[Midsummer#Finland|Midsummer]]. In just 10 days, Nintendo announced it had sold 200,000 Nintendo DS Lites in Europe.<ref name="launch Europe">{{cite web | url=| title=Lite up your life!|accessdate=2006-06-23|publisher=Nintendo}}</ref>
As of April 2006, the "Nintendo DS: in touch with original comedy" advertisements shown in the UK on [[Channel 4]] have been changed to include the Nintendo DS Lite.{{Fact|date=January 2008}}
During [[October]] [[2006]], Nintendo launched a promotion of the Nintendo DS Lite in the [[United Kingdom]] which consisted mainly of bus shelter advertisements, as well as a new [[television]] promotion, which ended with the release of a pink version of the Nintendo DS Lite on [[October 27]], [[2006]].{{Fact|date=January 2008}}
Following the wake of the [[Wii]] home console, the DS Lite has experienced a surge in popularity, more notably the black version of the system. In the run up to Christmas 2006, DS Lites were sold out in most retailers and even online, leading to marked up units being sold on [[eBay]] and [[|Amazon]]'s marketplace. <ref>[ BBC NEWS | Technology | Wii shortages frustrating gamers<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
The same thing happened again a year after, with even more demand than the year before.<ref>[ BBC NEWS | Technology | Nintendo warns of Wii shortages<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> Nintendo UK even considered pulling Wii TV ads as it would only increase demand which couldn't be met.<ref>[ BBC NEWS | Business | Nintendo mulls pulling Wii TV ads<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
On [[June 12]] [[2006]], Chinese media organization [[]] reported that a container intended for shipment to Europe was stolen, which contained [[Hong Kong dollar|HK$]]18 million ([[United States dollar|US$]]2.32 million) worth of goods, including black Nintendo DS Lites and games.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Robbers steal 18 million worth of NDSL handheld (AP)|accessdate=2008-01-07 |date=2006-06-12 |publisher=[[]] |language=Chinese}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= | title=$2.32 Million of Black Nintendo DS Lite Gone Missing | publisher=Play Gadgets | accessdate=2008-01-06 |date=2006-06-14}}</ref> Later, [[|]] reported that Nintendo had indeed confirmed that "A number of White DS Lite made for the UK market were stolen in [[Hong Kong]]."<ref>{{cite web |last=Gibson |first=Ellie |date=2006-06-19 |url=|title=Nintendo confirms theft of DS Lite shipment | |accessdate=2008-01-06}}</ref>
On [[June 29]] [[2006]], [[iQue]] company officially released the Nintendo DS Lite as the "iQue DS Lite" in China, for [[Renminbi|CNҰ]]1198.
===South Korea===
Nintendo opened its latest subsidiary, Nintendo of Korea, led by Mineo Kouda, on [[July 20]], [[2006]]. The DS Lite is the first system to be released in South Korea by the subsidiary,<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Nintendo Opens Korean Offices | publisher=The Wiire | accessdate=2006-12-22}}</ref> being released on [[January 18]], [[2007]] for [[South Korean won|₩]]150,000.<ref>[ Nintendo Korea's DS page]</ref> Popular Korean actor [[Jang Dong-gun]] has been enlisted to help promote the system. Nintendo Korea stated that they have sold more than one million units in the first year of sale with around 1.4 million sold as of April 2008.<ref>[ Nintendo Korea Press Release]</ref><ref>[ Wii Launching Conference]</ref>
{{main|Nintendo DS accessories}}
Although the secondary port on the Nintendo DS does accept and support Game Boy Advance cartridges (but not Game Boy or Game Boy Color cartridges), Nintendo has emphasized that its main intention for its inclusion was to allow a wide variety of accessories to be released for the system, the Game Boy Advance compatibility being a logical extension.
Nintendo announced at [[E3]] 2005 that it would launch "Headset Accessories" for [[VoIP]] enabled games. (This will plug into the VoIP plug next to the Ear Phone jack, ''not'' the Game Boy Advance slot.)
===Rumble Pak===
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The Rumble Pak was the first official expansion slot accessory. In the form of a Game Boy Advance cartridge, the Rumble Pak vibrates to reflect the action in compatible games, such as when the player bumps into an obstacle or loses a life. It was released in North America and Japan in 2005, as a separate accessory and bundled with ''[[Metroid Prime Pinball]]''<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Nintendo Online Store | accessdate=2006-04-02}}</ref>
A specially designed Rumble Pak was released in Japan in late May 2006 for the Nintendo DS Lite<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Nintendo Japan Product Page | accessdate=2006-06-14}}</ref> The cartridge is the same size as the dust cover that comes with the DS Lite, to prevent it from protruding out of the Nintendo DS Lite as standard Game Boy Advance cartridges do.
===Nintendo DS Headset===
The Nintendo DS Headset is the official headset for the Nintendo DS. It plugs into the headset port (which is a combination of a standard 3.5mm headphone connector and a proprietary microphone connector) on the bottom of the system. It features one earphone and a microphone, and is compatible with all games that use the internal microphone. It was released in Japan on [[September 14]] [[2006]].<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Official DS Headset – Pics of New Must-Have | publisher=Spong | accessdate=2006-11-26}}</ref> The headset was released on [[April 22]] [[2007]] in North America, alongside [[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (video games)|''Pokémon Diamond'' and ''Pearl'']], two of the few games to have built in voice chat. It was released in Australia on [[June 21]] [[2007]], also alongside ''Pokémon Diamond'' and ''Pearl''.
===Nintendo DS Browser===
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On [[February 15]] [[2006]], Nintendo announced a version of the [[cross-platform]] web browser [[Opera (web browser)|Opera]] for the DS system.<ref name="Opera PR">{{cite press release | url= | title=Giving gamers two windows to the Web: The Opera Browser for Nintendo DS |date=2006-02-15| publisher=Opera Software|accessdate=2006-04-02}}</ref> The browser can use one screen as an overview, a zoomed portion of which appears on the other screen, or both screens together to present a single tall view of the page.<ref name="Opera Berit">{{cite web|last=Hanson|first=Berit|authorlink=|coauthors=|date=[[2006-02-16]]|year=|month=|url=|title=Opera for Nintendo DS|format=|work=Berit's Blog|pages=|publisher=|language=|accessdate=2006-07-03|accessyear=|curly=}}</ref> The browser went on sale in Japan and Europe in 2006,<ref name="Opera Japan">{{cite press release|publisher=Opera Software ASA|date=2006-06-21|title=Mark your calendars: Opera announces Nintendo DS browser release date in Japan|url=|accessdate=2006-06-21}}</ref><ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Japan: Nintendo DS Press Conference | author=Chris Playo | publsher=NintendoDS Advanced | accessdate=2006-04-02}}</ref> and in North America on [[June 4]], [[2007]].<reF></reF>
===Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector===
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This USB-flash-disk-sized accessory plugs into a PC's [[USB]] port and creates a miniature [[Hotspot (Wi-Fi)|hotspot]], allowing up to five Nintendo DS units to connect to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service through the host computer's Internet connection. The only operating systems supported by the Wi-Fi USB Connector's software are Microsoft [[Windows XP]] and [[Windows Vista]] (patch download needed).
===Slide controller===
The "slide controller" comes packaged with the game ''[[Slide Adventure: Mag Kid]]'', which was released in Japan on [[August 2]] [[2007]]. The slide controller plugs into the Game Boy Advance game slot of the DS, and is placed below the DS, on a plain surface. The DS can be moved around to control a game, since the slide controller will pick up the motions, just as when a player would press a button.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title='Slide Controller' peripheral to be released for the Nintendo DS | accessdate=2007-08-05|date=2007-07-26|publisher= Japan News Review}}</ref>
On [[July 4]] [[2007]], Nintendo unveiled a "facening scan" camera attachment for the DS Lite, which comes bundled with ''[[Otona No DS Kao Training]]''. It was released in Japan, on [[August 2]] [[2007]].<ref>[ IGN: DS Snaps Up Camera<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> The camera plugs into the GBA cartridge slot of the DS Lite, and protrudes slightly to allow the lens to be visible.
=== Paddle Controller ===
Released alongside [[Taito]]'s [[Arkanoid DS]] in Japan, the paddle controller plugs into the GBA slot of the Nintendo DS. The controller resembles the classic 'knob'-based [[Paddle (game controller)|paddle controllers]] for such video games as [[Pong]] or [[Arkanoid]]. So far it is only compatible with Arkanoid DS and [[Space Invaders Extreme]].
===Guitar grip controller===
[[Image:Gh on tour grip.jpg|thumb|125px|right|The "Guitar Grip" fits into the GBA slot on the Nintendo DS Lite to simulate the guitar controller.]]
The Guitar grip controller comes packaged with the upcoming game ''[[Guitar Hero: On Tour]]'' and is plugged into the GBA game slot. It features four colored buttons just like the ones that can be found on regular ''[[Guitar Hero (series)|Guitar Hero]]'' guitar controllers for the stationary consoles, though it lacks the fifth orange button found on the guitar controllers. The DS Guitar Hero controller comes with a small "pick-stylus" (which is shaped like a guitar pick, as the name suggests) that can be put away into a small slot on the controller. It also features a hand strap.
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:right"
|+ Life-to-date number of units sold
! Date
! Japan
! Americas
! Other
! Total
! [[2006-03-31]]<ref name="earnings release Q1 2006">{{cite web|url= |title=Consolidated financial highlights |accessdate=2007-04-26|publisher=Nintendo|pages=30}}</ref>
| 0.58 million || <center>-</center> || <center>-</center>
! 0.58 million
! [[2006-06-30]]<ref name="earnings release Q2 2006">{{cite web|url= |title=Consolidated financial highlights |accessdate=2007-01-25|date=2006-07-24|format=PDF|publisher=Nintendo}}</ref>
| 2.72 million || 0.68 million || 0.76 million
! 4.15 million
! [[2006-09-30]]<ref name="earnings release Q3 2006">{{cite web|url= |title=Consolidated financial highlights |accessdate=2007-01-25|date=2006-10-26|format=PDF|publisher=Nintendo|pages=28}}</ref>
| 4.97 million || 2.23 million || 1.86 million
! 9.06 million
! [[2006-12-31]]<ref name="earnings release Q4 2006">{{cite web|url=|title= Consolidated Financial Highlights | accessdate=2007-01-25|date=2007-01-25|format=PDF|publisher=Nintendo|pages=8}}</ref>
| 7.89 million || 4.84 million || 4.60 million
! 17.33 million
! [[2007-03-31]]<ref name="earnings release Q1 2007">{{cite web|url= | title=Consolidated Financial Highlights|accessdate=2007-04-26|date=2007-04-26|format=PDF|publisher=Nintendo|pages=8}}</ref>
| 9.48 million || 6.41 million || 5.96 million
! 21.85 million
! [[2007-06-30]]<ref name="earnings release Q2 2007">{{cite web|url= | title=Consolidated Financial Highlights|accessdate=2007-07-25|date=2007-07-25|format=PDF|publisher=Nintendo|pages=8}}</ref>
| 11.56 million || 8.81 million || 8.32 million
! 28.69 million
! [[2007-09-30]]<ref name="earnings release Q3 2007">{{cite web | url= | title=Consolidated Financial Highlights | accessdate=2007-10-25 | date=2007-10-25| format=PDF | publisher=Nintendo| pages=22}}</ref>
| 13.16 million || 10.73 million || 11.04 million
! 34.93 million
! [[2007-12-31]]<ref name="earnings release Q4 2007">{{cite web|url= | title=Consolidated Financial Highlights | accessdate=2007-01-24|date=2007-01-24|format=PDF|publisher=Nintendo|pages=8}}</ref>
| 15.12 million || 14.85 million || 16.00 million
! 45.97 million
! [[2008-03-31]]<ref name="earnings release Q1 2008">{{cite web |url= |format=[[PDF]] |accessdate=2008-04-24 |date=2008-04-24 |title=Consolidated Financial Statements |publisher=Nintendo |pages=22}}</ref>
| 15.84 million || 17.06 million || 18.88 million
! 51.78 million
==Image gallery==
Image:Nintendo DS Lite (closed).jpg|The Nintendo DS Lite closed.
Image:Nintendo DS Lite (top open on).jpg|The Nintendo DS Lite turned on and fully open.
Image:Nintendo DS Lite (closeup buttons).jpg|The start and select buttons have been moved below the A/B/X/Y button group.
Image:Nintendo DS Lite (front).jpg|The front with volume on left side, headphones on the right and Game Boy Advance slot in the middle.
Image:Nintendo DS Lite (right side).jpg|Remodeled stylus and relocated power switch.
Image:Nintendo DS Lite (top with pen and cart).jpg|The Game Boy Advance filler cart and stylus below the Nintendo DS Lite.
Image:Ds lite brightness comparison.gif|Brightness Level Comparison of the Nintendo DS Lite and the original Nintendo DS.
Image:NDSLblack Closed.jpg|An onyx Nintendo DS Lite closed.
== See also ==
* [[List of handhelds with Wi-Fi connectivity]]
==External links==
; Official sites
*[ Official Nintendo DS Lite Website (Australia)]
*[ Official Nintendo DS Lite Website (Canada)]
*[ Official Nintendo DS Lite Website (Europe)]
*[ Official Nintendo DS Lite Website (United States)]
; Unofficial sites
*[ Nintendo DS Lite Feature by NTSC-uk]
*[ Nintendo's DS Lite launch party in New York]
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