Difference between Nintendo Wii and DS

Key difference:  The Nintendo Wii and DS are Nintendo game systems. Nintendo Wii has additional external hardware systems and connections as compared to that of Nintendo DS.

Nintendo Wii is an advanced built-in game console. It is actually more than a game system. It was released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006 and is the seventh-generation game console. It has many advanced graphic features. Its development focuses more on the games demographic features.

The additional features which make Wii different from that of the other DS systems is that: firstly, this game system has to be connected to the television system. Secondly, it contains a Wii Remote-controller, which is used handheld by pointing towards the device. The remote controller further detects the movement in three dimensions. Another notable feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables the system to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode. The Wii system also provides the fascinating feature of the game downloading services, which are pre-defined in the system. These services are called “Virtual Console”, and feature emulated games from the past systems. The Wii system supports wireless connectivity with the Nintendo DS without any additional accessories. This connectivity allows the player to use the Nintendo DS microphone and touch screen as inputs for Wii games.

Nintendo DS is a game console, which consists of amazing games, which are played by the touch screen controls. The games are built with the creative pre-defined tools and systems. The Nintendo DS is a dual screen handheld game console. It was released on November 21, 2004 in North-America. The abbreviation “DS” reflects for the development system or dual-screen.

Nintendo DS was one among the early released game consoles of Nintendo. Its hardware is developed with unique features like the LCD screen which works in correspondence with the touch-screen and built-in microphone. These screens also support wireless connectivity. In the DS systems, multiple DS consoles can directly interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a short range. The system can also be connected without an existing wireless network. The gaming console can also interact with the other consoles by using the online mode (known as Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service).

Comparison between Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS:


Nintendo Wii

Nintendo DS

Short description

The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo.

The Nintendo DS is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and released by Nintendo.

Introduced on

The device was introduced on November 19, 2006.

The device was introduced in North America on November 21, 2004

They are

It is the seventh-generation game console.

It was the first introduced game console.

Natures of the systems

Wii is more advanced and supports broader interactivity as compared to the DS system.

DS consist of the old Game Boy games, and its interactivity is conserved only uptill the player.

Graphic supported

Wii is a larger powerful machine at processing and graphics.

The Nintendo DS is driven by two processors and offers 64-bit graphics.

Viewing screen

Here the visual screen is big as it is connected to the television.

The visual screens are limited uptill the provided two screens.

Technology used

The Wii system is a console, which uses motion sensing.

The DS system is handheld and uses the touch screens.

Hardware facility

It has the extra hardware facility like the remote control, which works on the motion-sensing technology.

It does not contain the extra hardware facility.


External connection

It requires the television connectivity.

It does not require any type of external connectivity.


Wii is more advanced and contains the latest versions as compared to DS.

DS system is the older and initial game console. It is the earlier system and is not that advanced as compared to the latest Wii.

Cost factor

It is more costly and higher rated than DS.

It is affordable and portable.

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