Nintendo DS (universe)
The Nintendo DS universe refers to the Super Smash Bros. series' collection of stages and properties that hail from the default software on Nintendo's Nintendo DS handheld video game system.
Development for the console started at some point in 2002 when former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi had the idea of a video game console that uses two different screens simultaneously. Nintendo announced in 2003 that a new console would launch in 2004. They made it clear that this new project would not be a replacement for the currently available Game Boy Advance or GameCube, but rather an alternative that would act as a third pillar for sales. The DS became an instant success due to the novelty of its features, relatively low price at launch, and strong collection of launch titles. The DS would recieve several hardware revisions:
All versions of the DS combined would eventually sell about 154 million units, making it the best selling Nintendo console, the best selling handheld game console, and the second best selling video game console ever, only being outsold by the PlayStation 2 at 155 million units. The DS recieved a proper successor in 2011 called the Nintendo 3DS, which retained a majority of the features from the DSi and itself spawned a lineage of revisions. The DS also inspired elements of other consoles like the Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
The DS was the first Nintendo console to have proper firmware, complete with a clock with an alarm, user information inputs, and a home screen. At this screen, the player has the option to play a DS game, select Download play if they are near another DS with a compatible game, or play a Game Boy Advance game on compatible models through its dedicated slot. The one built in software for the system is PictoChat a social network service where friends can send messages and pictures between each other as long as they are in range. While GameCube was technically the first Nintendo console to have online capabilites, the DS introduced the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, a dedicated online service for compatible games. The DSi specifically had six games exclusive to those models and the DSi shop, which contained exclusive games and software that can be download to the system or an SD card.
The Nintendo DS is recognized as its own universe by Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
The Nintendo DS universe makes a return in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. While the original PictoChat stage does not appear, it is replaced by a similar, updated version.
Stage (for Nintendo 3DS only)