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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 handheldsā€”some with broken hingesā€”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).

While ā€œåˆä»£DSā€ (shodai DS or ā€œfirst-gen DSā€) 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.

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Still canā€™t believe itā€™s been over a decade. Where did that time go?

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The name in the upper corner reads ā€œOnara,ā€ which means ā€œfartā€ in Japanese. Of course, itā€™s a joke!

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Anyone remember DS TV?

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