Nintendo DS

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


The Nintendo DS is a handheld game system from Nintendo, released in 2004. The successor to the Game Boy Advance, the console had many innovative features, most notably two screens, one being touch-sensitive allowing for new ways to play games. The console became a huge success, being known as one of the highest-selling platforms of all time and winning over Sony's PlayStation Portable console released the following year. An upgraded version known as the Nintendo DSi was released in 2008, adding internet support and a camera. Nintendo followed the DS up with the Nintendo 3DS in 2011, adding higher-quality graphics, more advanced control and a glasses-free 3D display. In turn, Nintendo also released the New Nintendo 3DS in 2014, an upgraded version of the 3DS with better processing power and built-in NFC support.

Nintendo DS

Logo (November 21, 2004-2013)

Visuals: Over a white background is the Nintendo DS logo (which is "Nintendo" in the Bank Gothic MD BT font next to a large "DS" with what looks like a little window in "DS"). Some "O"s shoot out all over, and the screen fades out. When a cartridge is inserted, there is a blue (or black) Nintendo logo on the bottom.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: Two echoing synth-piano notes whose echo seems to become a synth string note at the end.

Audio Variant: If the console is turned on when it's someone's birthday, the synth piano notes are replaced by a glockenspiel which echoes in the same fashion.

Availability: Seen when a Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite console is turned on.

Nintendo DSi

Logo (November 1, 2008-2013)

Visuals: Same as the regular start up screen, but at the end of the animation, a little black circle containing an "i" in Tahoma font pops out.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: The standard DS start-up sound, followed by an additional synth note when the "i" appears.

Availability: Seen when a Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL console is turned on.

Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
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