The First-Gen Nintendo DS Is Alive And Trending On Japanese Twitter

The First-Gen Nintendo DS Is Alive And Trending On Japanese Twitter

Bulky. Heavy. Ugly. That was the original Nintendo DS. And just when you think that handheld was dead, it starts trending on Twitter in Japan.

As Japanese website Dechisoku points out, this week, a tweet asking if people still had their original DS portables led to many Japanese Twitter users uploading photos of their Nintendo handhelds.

Many of the photos showed worn handhelds — some with broken hinges — that still worked. How many 11-year-old electronics can say that? Nintendo hardware has long had a reputation for durability (that Gulf War Game Boy is proof of that).

The First-Gen Nintendo DS Is Alive And Trending On Japanese Twitter

While “初代DS” (shodai DS or “first-gen DS”) might have trended this week (see above), for the past few months, Japanese Twitter users have been uploading photos of old DS handhelds, often found while cleaning, to reminisce. Others still use their original DS handhelds to this day.

Still can’t believe it’s been over a decade. Where did that time go?

The name in the upper corner reads “Onara”, which means “fart” in Japanese. Of course, it’s a joke!

Anyone remember DS TV?

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  • I actually preferred the shape and size of it compared to the lites. I still have mine, battery doesn’t last long and I have a dead pixel near the middle, I put it through a lot.

    • I had a pixel die smack bang in the middle of one of the screens about 3 hours after the Australian launch in Feb 05. Still got plenty of use out of it though and once the screen got a bit worn/ smudged it wasn’t as noticeable.

      I shit on Nintendo a lot, but they make sturdy, reliable handhelds and have the best understanding of the handheld games market. I love my DS/ 3DS.

      • I had exactly the same thing. Bought it at launch, tiny dead pixel on the lower screen. Didn’t bother me a tiny bit (get it? tiny bit? … heh). I still have fond memories of replaying Super Mario 64DS and WarioWare Touched. Good times.

      • Think of how often they used them though. I’m sure it would be way more than the majority of handheld gamers in the west.

        • I used mine for 5 years everyday (4 hours a day) and it’s still in excellent condition 🙂

          • I’m sure that would be considered casual in Japan 😛

            Impressive nonetheless!

  • I still have the old beast, by the time I went to trade it in and upgrade it was pretty much worthless, so just held onto it. Even still have my old Gameboy color in fairly good condition 🙂

  • Never owned a fat DS – feel like I should’ve, but didn’t get into the DS until the Lite – which was ace, but I’m a dude with big hands. Not so ace for extended play. Found the DSi XL the best compromise on the DS front for me.

  • I still have mine. Not sure how they end up in such bad condition, I always took just basic care of mine and it still looks pretty good today, scratchy screen aside.

  • I still have mine that I got on launch day. Aside from a few scratches on the outer casing it looks and works perfectly fine.

  • Pretty much my favourite handheld console ever. You had access to the massive library of great GBA games in addition to the equally massive library of excellent DS games – and it was all REGION FREE!!!! 😀

  • Mine managed to have dust build up under the top screen which always puzzled me how it got there. Some day when I’m not afraid to break it I might try cleaning it out and replacing the poor, Nintendog-petting-abused touch screen.

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