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The '''Nintendo DS''' <span style="font-weight: normal">(ニンテンドーDS ''Nintendō DS''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets <span class="t_nihongo_icon" style="color: #00e; font: bold 80% sans-serif; text-decoration: none; padding: 0 .1em;">?</span>]</sup>)</span> is a dual-screen [[handheld game console]] developed and released by [[Nintendo]]. The device went on sale in North America on November 21, 2004. The DS, short for "dual screen", introduced distinctive new features to handheld gaming: an LCD screen working in tandem with a touchscreen, a built-in microphone, and support for wireless connectivity.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5"></sup> Both screens are encompassed within a clamshell design similar to the [[Game Boy Advance SP]]. The Nintendo DS also features the ability for multiple DS consoles to directly interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a short range without the need to connect to an existing wireless network. Alternatively, they can interact online using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service.