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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Bye-Bye Blog

As of today, I am part of TheModGods crew and will be blogging there rather than here. Do not fret-I'm only a click away. Go to TheModGods.com for your daily scoop of DS homebrew goodness from Brett, Theo and myself.

Thanks so much to all the people that viewed and supported this blog.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Play-yan Recall

Nintendo emailed people that purchased the Play-yan media device from the Japanese order site, announcing that they have discoveed a problem with the stereo output. Really the problem is not that big of a deal and might have gone unnoticed had they not said anything. Sound intended for the right headphone plays in the left and sound intended for the left plays in the right. Replacement Play-yans will be ready to ship on March 5th.

Monday, February 21, 2005

DS Redesign Blurp

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata hinted in an interview with SPOnG.com, that developers are working on redesigning the DS.

Hardware developers at Nintendo are always looking for what comes next and what will be the new direction as soon as they finish the design of any particular piece of hardware. Some of them are actually working on improved functionality of the existing machine, with some working on a rework of the exterior design exactly in the same way they did with the transition from Game Boy Advance to Game Boy Advance SP.


Read the full interview here.


Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President

NDSart

NDSart is a site, which promotes the showcasing of doodles drawn on the DS (mainly through Pictochat). I think its a great idea, and the prizes awarded to contest winners are extra incentive to break out the stylus.

The first competition finishes today, and the second will begin immediately afterwards and span through Saturday.

The award for the upcoming contest is a PDA Panache Battle Stylus from MobileMilitia.com. The theme is military. Make sure to take pictures of your military themed drawings and post them here. The contest ends on Saturday.


Drawing by kensbitch

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Crank It Up

You're trapped in a waiting room, surrounded by back issues of Reader's Digest. Your DS screen fades to black and you knew you should have packed extra batteries.

Thanks to our friends in Japan, this shouldn't be a problem. This device allows you to cranck a handle to generate power for your DS or SP. What will they think of next?

Video of the crank powering a DS

Another DS Emulator in Development

HyperDS is a DS emulator that is currently in private beta. Their website shows pictures of their program emulating homebrew demos. Immediately, I thought this was a fake, but according to Darkain it is legitimate.


Desktopman's Tetris running on HyperDS

Sunday, February 13, 2005

V-Pocket Mystery

Joystiq (and other news sources) reported recently on a trademark Nintendo registered for the "V-Pocket". One assumption was that this trademark was for some kind of handheld device.

SPOnG.com claims to have "learned from official Nintendo sources" that the V-Pocket concerns PDA software Nintendo plans to release for the DS.

The article states:

Nintendo will soon unveil a complete suit of personal organiser tools for its Nintendo DS platform, expected to be shown before E3.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

First DS Homebrew Game

Desktopman has coded and run the first hombrew game for the DS through his passthrough. Congratulations!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

.hack//DS

All of you who are unsure of how to contribute to the DS hacking community, here is a great way. .hack//DS is a distributed computing project like SETI@Home or Folding@Home. Basically, you give your CPU cycles to cracking the DS encryption. We're already 75% with this test, but new tests are lined up for the near future.

Read more about .hack//DS and dowload it here.

[Thanks shiz]

UPDATE: Test 1 is done with! Great job guys.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

DS Analog Stick Mod

A lot of people have been complaining about the DS not coming with an analog stick. Well DASGames took matters into his own hands and hot-glued one to the D-pad.

DASGames writes:

Ok, this is probably the most ghetto mod you'll see, but it actually works well. I got an old analog stick, and sanded the back down until it was just the face, then hot glued it to my Nintendo DS D-pad. It works great! And I know I cant close it, but when I dont want to use it I can just pull it off with no damage done because its hot glue.


Sunday, February 06, 2005

Great New DS Site

NDSTech Wiki is a new site that can provide a lot of valuable information for anyone that wants to get into homebrewing for the DS. This definitely deserves a spot on the link sidebar!

[UPDATE]
Joat, from the tech wiki, has managed to access the touchscreen using his passthrough. Check out the video.

Thanks to Darkain, TMG and LiftOffToSpace

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Another Passthrough on the Horizon

Natrium42, the man at the frontlines of DSLinux development, has recently created a blog. He is currently designing a simple and compact passthrough (called Passme) to be built with releatively easily accessible and low cost parts. For those who are new to the homebrew scene, in the DS's case, a passthrough is an apparatus that allows you to run your own code on the DS.

In his own words:

I have designed a small and simple passthrough using a CPLD (Complex Programmable Logic Device). Expected cost is $30 in parts. jzawaki is going to build and test it in about 2 weeks since this is how long it takes to receive a custom PCB.
Here Natrium42 includes schemactics and a partlist for his passthrough.

Rendered pictures of Passme:

Top Underside

I want to repeat, to prevent confusion, that this device is in the design phase and has not actually been built and tested yet. The plans look pretty sturdy though, in my opinion.

DS Dissected Once Again

If you have ever wondered what the inside of your DS looks like (I'm sure you have if you visit this blog)? Nikkei Electronics Asia has performed the warrenty shattering deed for you. They cracked open a DS and presented its insides in an easy to understand fashion, complemented by a great diagram that tells what part is what. Lik-Sang has also done this in the past, for the record.

Have a look:
Nintendo DS: The Secrets Within
(Picture may be slow to load for 56k'ers)

[Thanks to themodgods.com]