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The Nintendo DS (an abbreviation of Dual Screen) is a handheld game console created and designed by Nintendo. It was originally released in late 2004 as the successor to the Game Boy Advance. At the time, the selling point of the Nintendo DS was its two screens, especially the lower one, the Touch Screen, which features touch control and input. It is backward compatible with Game Boy Advance cartridges, which can be inserted in Slot-2. The first Final Fantasy game that released for the Nintendo DS was a 3D remake of Final Fantasy III, in late 2006.
In 2006, a second model was released, Nintendo DS Lite, which has a brighter screen. In 2008, another model was released, the Nintendo DSi, which has enhanced features such as a built-in camera, an SD card slot, a built-in Internet Browser, and unique downloadable. apps. However, the Nintendo DSi did not retain backward compatibility with Game Boy Advance games. In 2011, the Nintendo DS was succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS, but the system's lifespan would continue until 2014.
Several Final Fantasy games, including a few Chocobo titles, were released for the Nintendo DS.
The first Chocobo game for the Nintendo DS is Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, first released in Japan in December 2006. In 2008, a sequel to the game was released exclusively in Japan, Chocobo to Mahō no Ehon: Majo to Shōjo to Gonin no Yūsha. In 2009, another Chocobo game was released for the Nintendo DS, also exclusive to Japan, Cid to Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon Toki Wasure no Meikyū DS+, a re-release of the Wii title, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon.
The third Final Fantasy title that released for the Nintendo DS was Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, released in 2007 as a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XII. The same year, another game sequel was released, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, a sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
Besides Final Fantasy III, two other early Final Fantasy games were re-released for the Nintendo DS, a 3D remake of Final Fantasy IV and Blood Bahamut; the latter game only released in Japan just like its original Super Famicom release.
Two games of the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series were released for the Nintendo DS, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, the latter of which received a simultaneous release for the Wii.