Who Invented the Nintendo DS

Do you know who invented the Nintendo DS? Contrary to what you might believe, it's not a single person, but an entire company's history that led to the invention of the Nintendo DS.

What's in a name?
Nintendo developed the Nintendo DS to compete with other handheld video game systems, and it was a company-wide development process. If you research who invented the Nintendo DS, you'll find a variety of names, including Nintendo company president Satoru Iwata. In reality, while Satoru Iwata is the public face of the company, it's impossible to speculate how much he is responsible for the company's vision or how much direct input he had with the development of the Nintendo DS.

Who didn't invent the Nintendo DS?
Research about the question unveils a variety of answers and misinformation. For example, one rumor claims Konami is responsible for the Nintendo DS. In fact, Konami is a game development company and is in no way responsible for developing any video game hardware, let alone the Nintendo DS.

How did the Nintendo DS come to be?
Nintendo's earlier entries into the handheld portable gaming field, the Game Boy and the Game Boy Advance, were very different Nintendo systems from the Nintendo DS. These handheld gaming systems were pretty much the only handheld systems on the market, so Nintendo faced no competition. When Sony announced the release of the PSP, Nintendo had to up the ante to create a competing game system.

The Nintendo DS, with dual touch-screen video game controls and a clamshell design, was nothing like its predecessors. Some people felt that the Nintendo DS would fall short of former Nintendo handheld standards, but the DS proved to be successful, so much so that 3.04 million units were sold in December 2008 alone. The first Nintendo DS was released in North America in November 2004, and in December 2004 in Japan.

Future incarnations of the Nintendo DS.
Nintendo didn't stop with the Nintendo DS; two redesigns followed the original Nintendo DS release: the Nintendo DS Lite, and Nintendo DSi. These redesigns incorporated smaller systems, brighter screens and overall improved functionality. As of March 2009, the Nintendo DS and its various forms proved to be the most popular handheld gaming system in the world, selling over 100 million.

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