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Update: The DS Lite was discontinued by Nintendo in 2013. It is still available as a used or refurbised model, but new models are no longer manufactured.

The Nintendo DS Lite is the second-generation DS gaming console, slightly smaller than the original DS. The series, known for its extensive library of kid-friendly titles, is the best-selling device in portable console history.

The DS Lite is the base DS model. Because its focus is on gaming, the DS Lite does not offer online access, although users can communicate with other users in a limited area. The DS Lite is available in a handful of colors including pink, red and blue. The dual screen DS comes with a pen stylus for controlling game-play.

With the newest model in the series, the 3DS, reducing its price in August 2011, the DS Lite drops to less than $100. The DS Lite is becoming increasingly dated with newer models like the DSi and the 3DS offering more features. The DS Lite is the last model to be compatible with Nintendo's older cartridge-based games used on Gameboy Advance models.

Prices For Nintendo DS Lite

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
Nintendo DS Lite Source

Prices For Nintendo DS Lite

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
Nintendo DS Lite and Starter Kit Source

Additional Costs:

$2-$8Screen protector
$10-$30Cover/carrying case
$15-$20Car charger


Media TypeDS games
Disk CapacityMemory card
Graphics Quality256x192
ColorsPink, Red, Blue
Other FeaturesBackward compatibility: Gameboy Advance games
Wi-Fi limited to communicating with other DS devices
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Nintendo.

Best-Selling Games

1. Pokémon Black Version 2$27
2. Pokémon White Version 2$26
3. New Super Mario Bros$26
4. Mario Kart DS$28
5. 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors$20
(List as of 07/9/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Accessories

1. Gereric wall adaptor$4
2. Rapid Travel Charger$4
3. DS carrying case$10
4. Car charger$5
5. Replacement stylus (3-pack)$4
(List as of 07/9/2013) Source: Amazon

What People Are Saying:

Most reviewers call the DS Lite an impressive improvement over the original DS. It's lighter, slimmer and sleeker than the original. The DS Lite is the only remaining DS on the market that offers backward compatibility with older Game Boy Advance titles, and the slot allows for use of accessories like guitar keys on Guitar Hero games. Overall, the Nintendo DS line has been enormously successful. The battery life on the DS Lite is highly lauded as it last up to 19 hours, significantly higher than that of newer models.
  • Consumer Search: "[Hardcore games] will be happier with the more realistic graphics and extensive game collection on the Sony PSP-3000."