Your Guide To All Things Nintendo DS

Welcome to NDS-Gear, talking about all things Nintendo DS console related! Nintendo DS consoles have been around since the early 2000's, and were the successor to Nintendo's tremendously successful Game Boy series.

Since then, thousands of games have been released, the console has been through shrinking and expanding variations, 3D has been introduced and much more has gone on to cement the 3DS console as one of the best selling in history.


This website is dedicated to looking at each of the consoles, what games are the best out there, accessories, Nintendo DS R4 card history, and more. We dive into both the good and bad in a long line of handheld console history.

The History of Nintendo DS Consoles

The Nintendo DS console, also simply known as the DS, was a gaming console that was introduced by Nintendo and brought to market in late 2004. The DS stood for two things, both “Developer’s System” and “Dual Screen”. It introduced a brand new way of gaming to millions of gamers worldwide. It had two LCD screens, one of which was a touch screen.

The History of Nintendo 3DS Consoles

Nintendo made the leap into 3D by announcing the Nintendo 3DS console at E3 2010. The Nintendo 3DS console featured backwards compatibility with the DS, DS Lite & DSi systems. The main feature of the Nintendo 3DS console was its ability, as its name suggests, of playing games in 3D. It could display stereoscopic 3D effects without using 3D glasses or other eyewear.

The History of R4 Cards

The original R4 card was not the first game emulator or the first way to run running custom application on a console. However, it was the first mass-market accessory for the Nintendo DS family of consoles that allowed people to do this. R4 cards could be used for a variety of applications. It is unfortunate that they became infamous for piracy, and people downloading Nintendo games via Torrents.

The History of (Non-R4) Nintendo DS Cards

Nintendo DS cards, namely R4 cards, became less popular during 2008/2009 when rival manufacturers created their own versions of the R4 card. This led to a lot of consumer confusion over what card they should actually be buying. Fortunately, many of these engineers then took the next step and began investing in new brands to legitimately compete with the R4 card. Rather than just copy the existing Nintendo DS cards' form and function, they looked to improve as well.