Modding your Nintendo DS with the r4 card

28.08.11 / Nintendo / Author: / Comments Off on Modding your Nintendo DS with the r4 card
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It is no secret that a Nintendo DS can do a lot of things when you first open it up. It can record your voice, take pictures, be one of the best gaming devices available, and even play Game Boy Advanced Games. However, with relatively little effort and an awesome guide, you can do much more. Ever wanted to watch movies on your DS? Ever thought the DS was the perfect device for reading on? Want to turn your DS into a music library? All this is possible, so lets figure out how!



1. Getting Your Hands on an R4 Card


The first step is getting your hands on an R4 card. Thankfully, R4 cards are not illegal and can be purchased from many trustworthy websites. The best thing to do if you are uncertain who you should purchase from is to see what other people use and follow their lead.



2. Update the R4 Card


Once your R4 card arrives, the first thing you will have to do is update the R4 Card firmware. This means you will have to find where the firmware is online and download it prior to plugging your R4 card into your computer. This can be relatively easy, especially if the company you bought the R4 card from keeps a link to the latest firmware. With any luck, finding and downloading will not take any more then a few minutes.



3. Connecting the R4 Card to Your Computer


After you have the most up to date firmware available, connect the R4 Card to your computer via the mini USB connecter that comes with the card. In addition, update the micro SD card.


4. Unpack the Contents of the Firmware


This instruction basically speaks for itself. You need to unpack the content of the firmware into the microSD card. Look for the root directory and unpack there.



5. Connect Everything to Your DS


Now you will need to plug in both the R4 Card and the microSD card into the Nintendo DS. It may take several attempts to figure out how to do this the best way.


6. Turn it On And See If It Works


With everything ready and set, all that is left is turning it on and seeing if it works. With any luck, the warning screen will come up, and then quickly switch to the R4 screen.



7. See What Is Out There!


With everything figured out, the DS is now yours. Search for some cool programs and increase your DS’s utility!

Video gaming with the Nintendo DS

12.03.11 / Nintendo / Author: / Comments Off on Video gaming with the Nintendo DS
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Video gamers have a sense of nostalgia that is alive and well. Many gamers grew up playing their favorites on “retro” consoles like the Super Nintendo. Even in the age of high tech, amazing graphics and ultra-realistic games, we love going back and playing those games that bring back fond memories of being a kid. The current Nintendo DS consoles feature the best of both worlds.

The Nintendo DS obviously features some of the latest in handheld gaming technology, a field Nintendo of course pioneered with the Gameboy. The two screen set up of the Nintendo DS consoles is revolutionary and changes the way we play games on the go. The latest console is the Nintendo 3DS and it takes it to the next level, offering a mobile gaming experience that goes into three-dimensions. While the gaming experience on these handheld platforms is unparalleled and utilizes state of the art technology, Nintendo knows that gamers love to relive their favorite experiences from the past. As such, there are several popular games from the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 era that have been re-released and updated for the Nintendo DS. Here are some of the most popular examples.

To this day, called as one of the best video games of all time, the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a huge hit on the Nintendo 64. For the Nintendo 3DS, the graphics were updated and the game was re-released, to huge acclaim, yet again. Not only does it include every aspect of the fan-favorite original game but when a player completes the game, they can access the Master Quest, featuring a more complex layout of all the dungeons of the game.

Going back even further in time, one can find a franchise that is still alive and well today: Final Fantasy. Responsible for making some of the bestselling games of all-time, Final Fantasy got its start in the early days of the Nintendo console, like the Super Nintendo. Several Final Fantasy games have been re-released for the Nintendo DS, including Final Fantasy III.

These two aforementioned games are just the start. Other classic games have been released on the Nintendo DS consoles. Great examples include Mario 64, Tetris and many others. With this in mind, the Nintendo DS family of handheld consoles combines the best of both worlds: high tech mobile gaming technology and the nostalgia of playing your favorite childhood games.