Manga and animeDS Video Games Video Games Encyclopedia by Gamepressure.com. DS (short for Dual Screen) is the 7th generation portable console from Nintendo and a successor to Game Boy Advance. It was released on November 21st, 2004 in North America and on March 11, 2005 in Europe. The most characteristic feature of this handheld are two screens (including one touch screen). DS is the second.