Which DS family console is the best for me?
The Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo 2DS consoles are all capable of running in DS(i) mode, as well as GBA games. To help decide which console is best for you, please read this page.
|Features||Nintendo DS||Nintendo DSi||Nintendo 3DS/2DS|
|Max RAM||4MB (up to 36MB with RAM expansion)||16MB||32MB|
|Max CPU Speed||67mhz||133mhz1||133mhz1|
|Screen type||TN(?)||TN (Regular), IPS (XL)||TN or IPS (varies by model)|
|Brightness levels||2 (On/Off for Phat), 4 (Lite)3||5||5|
|GBA Compatiblity||Native, Near-Perfect4||Great||Native, Near-Perfect5|
|DSiWare Support||Yes, Partial6||Yes7||Yes7|
When launching in DS(i) mode, holding START or SELECT button will disable screen scaling, but will reveal black borders around the screen images. ↩
Later Phat models have the same brightness levels as the Lite model, but will require FlashMe to be installed in order to use those levels (at least in the original menu). ↩
The only game known to have a compatibility issue, MegaMan Battle Network 3 crashes after the Capcom logo. ↩
Large GBA Video ROMs (above 32MB) will not work. ↩