Nintendo DS AC Adapter
- This Product does not work with DS LITE or DSi or DSi XL
- Compatible With Nintendo: DS / GameBoy Advance SP
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Plug in the Nintendo DS AC Adapter into any wall outlet to recharge your battery pack. The small, lightweight design allows you to pack the AC adapter with your handheld system for a convenient back-up power source.
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The problem is that Nintendo no longer makes that adapter, and it's not clear that they were ever the manufacturer. They may have supplied several different versions, and the one I got was manufactured by Mitsumi.
Amazon's rules require vendors to sell the exact item pictured, and the picture appears to be the Mitsumi that was included with at least some of the games. The one I received did not have the Nintendo logo on the rear, as some of them did, but it's unlikely that any new ones would.
At the time I wrote this, the plurality of reviews were one star. However, they were written by people who never got the correct adapter, either because one of many sellers sent the wrong one, or because they bought the wrong one without realizing that different models of DS use different adapters. Thus the negative reviews (as of this writing) have nothing to do with the correct adapter that you should expect. And with about 15 different sellers (changing constantly) there's no reason to believe that any of that has to do with what you would get from an honest seller.
The adapter I received has a part number of USG-002 on it (which is the correct number for the DS Lite) but has the correct connector for the original DS. Aside from the connector, both adapters are otherwise similar. Both are DC5.2V, and the original was 320mA. The USG version is 500mA, meaning it will work fine as long as it has the correct connector.
The bottom line is that in theory you should be getting an NTR-002, but they are no longer made. And a USG-002 with the correct plug for the original DS is essentially the same thing as an NTR-002. So if you get the item pictured, you are getting essentially the same charger (made by the same company) as the one that came with your DS. If you are not getting that item, then you are dealing with a seller who is breaking the rules and you are entitled to a full refund, including shipping.
Given that Nintendo was including what was essentially a generic adapter made by a third party, getting the same adapter should give you a reliable one. But that same adapter, as long as it's the correct one, is not much different from those in the one dollar range. When you factor in shipping costs, and the assurance that Amazon guarantees you will get the correct one, this one is still likely to be your best bet.