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Quotation1 Touching is good. Quotation2
— Nintendo DS slogan[6]

The Nintendo DS (officially Nintendo Developers' System[7] but can also be called as Nintendo Dual-Screen[7] and abbreviated as NDS) is a handheld game system developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It has two screens; the top screen being for viewing only, while the lower screen can be used as a touchscreen interface.

The first two iterations, the Nintendo DS and DS Lite are also able to play Game Boy Advance titles (which can be displayed on any screen, however the screen it is displayed on must be changed in the Options; by default it is the top screen), of which there are many from the Sonic series. However, Game Boy and Game Boy Color games cannot be played. The third and fourth iterations, the Nintendo DSi, and the DSi XL are unable to play Game Boy Advance titles due to the removal of the GBA slot. Its successor is the Nintendo 3DS which had a backward-compatibility with the console.

The Sonic the Hedgehog series made its debut on the DS with the critically acclaimed Sonic Rush. (formerly Sonic DS.) The final game of the series on the platform was Sonic Colors.

List of Sonic games

Sonic-Rush-Box-Art-US Sonic Rush Adventure DSMarioand Sonicattheolympicgames US front
Sonic Rush (2005) Sonic Rush Adventure (2007) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2008)
Sega superstar tennis (DS) The Dark Brotherhood Mario and sonic ds
Sega Superstars Tennis (2008) Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (2008) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009)
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing - Nintendo DS Box Art SCC FRONT 12 2 lrg Sonic Colors (DS)
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2010) Sonic Classic Collection (2010) Sonic Colors (2010)

Characters introduced


Sonic playing Sonic Rush Adventure on a DS Lite.



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  3. CESA staff (July 2016). "11" (in Japanese). CESAゲーム白書. CESA. p. 175. ISBN 978-4902346343.
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  6. Sklens, Mike (24 October 2004). Nintendo Tells Players 'Touching is Good'. Retrieved on 20 July 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Nintendo. What Does "DS Stand For?. Nintendo Support. Retrieved on 2 August 2018. “To our developers, it stands for "Developers' System," since we believe it gives game creators brand new tools which will lead to more innovative games for the world's players. It can also stand for "Dual Screen."”
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