A 9-year-old Ned appears in one book, The Lost Locket, in this series targeted at younger children.
It is particularly unusual in that Ned never meets Nancy in any of the other series until they are much older.
Ned is presented as Nancy's boyfriend in this series as well; however, unlike the original series, it is mentioned that they have been dating since high school.
As the Files is also targeted at an older audience, their relationship is imbued with a little more depth.
Fidelity, as well as Nancy's apparent lack of time to spend with Ned because of her cases, sometimes becomes an issue between them. In volume twenty-four, Till Death Do Us Part, Ned proposes to Nancy even though the probability is that she will reject him.
Ned is described as a handsome and athletic young man who stands six feet and two inches tall, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.Ned and Nancy express somewhat more physical and emotional intimacy, but some stories also involve them fighting and even breaking up (the reason for which is usually connected to the case Nancy happens to be working on, often because Nancy's main suspect is one of Ned's friends).In several instances, the two also end up dating other people.Apparently, the readers answered in the negative, as the following books featured Nancy with a new boyfriend, Jake.In one of the later books, Ned reappears dating Bess Marvin, one of Nancy's best friends. The series, possibly for the lack of readers, continued for a very short time, and stopped after 25th book.
In the Nancy Drew games presented by Her Interactive, Ned can be called and can give hints.