DS Lite features
• Ssmaller and lighter version of the Nintendo DS™
• Weights just 218g instead of 275g and measures 133mm x 73.9mm x 21.5mm
• Screen backlight adjustable - 4 levels like Micro
• Portable gaming console w/ 2 LCD screens
• ARM9 67 Mhz Main CPU
• 120K Polygons/sec
• 30M/s pixel fillrate
• 4 Mbytes RAM
• ARM7 16.8 Mhz Secondary CPU
• 2-D: 4 backgrounds, 128 sprites
• GBA backwards compatible
• Wireless multiplayer for up to 16 players
• Game stored on rewriteable media up to 1GB
Pre-Order / Import:
+ Play-Asia.com (US$ 169.00)
+ Lik-Sang.com (US$ 169.00)
Ships when stock arrives (Mar 02, 2006)
Reworked handheld will feature improved weight, size, and four levels of brightness control; interface to also have minor facelift.
Since the beginning of the year, rumors have been spreading that Nintendo is developing a new model of its popular DS handheld. After weeks of playing coy with non-committal statements, today the company finally confirmed it. Nintendo released an announced that it will release the new DS, called the "Nintendo DS Lite" in Japan on March 2. The handheld will be priced at 16,800 yen ($145), which is a little more expensive than the original DS, which sells at 15,000 yen ($130). No US or European release plans were announced.
Nintendo DS Lite will come with all the unique features of the original DS, but its weight and size have been trimmed down. While the original DS weighed at 275 grams, DS Lite is 218 grams. The handheld's size has been improved overall, as its width has been reduced from 148.7mm to 133 mm, and its height has been reduced from 84.7 mm to 73.9 mm. Its thickness has also been reduced by nearly a third, from 28.9 mm to 21.5 mm (when folded).
Capability-wise, the DS Lite has all the functions that were present on the original DS, including the dual screens, touch panel, microphone input and Wi-Fi connection. As a new hardware feature, the DS Lite will come with four adjustable levels of screen brightness. Nintendo said it decided to name the new model as DS Lite because of its light weight, and also for its screen brightness. One feature that has yet to be clarified is whether the unit will still be backwards-compatible with Game Boy Advance games.
Nintendo has released a mockup image of its DS Lite (pictured), which reveals that the handheld will have a minor facelift. While the original DS featured its microphone and battery power indicator on the bottom, it's been relocated to the middle hinge between the two screens. The layout of the main four buttons are the same as the original DS, but the start and select buttons have been placed on their bottom, and their sizes have been reduced. The image released by Nintendo shows the DS Lite having a white body, versus the metallic silver color of the original DS. Nintendo hasn't said whether this will be the default color of the machine.
Specs released by Nintendo are as follows.
Product Name: Nintendo DS Lite
Release date: 3/2/3006
Price: 16,800 yen
DS Lite: 133.0 x 73.9 x 21.5mm (when folded)
(Original DS) 148.7 x 84.7 x 28.9 mm (when folded)
DS Lite: 218g
(Original DS) 275g