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Sunday, November 19, 2006
Down Syndrome (DS)
[ZOMBiE CyGiG] ranted at 9:42 PM --- Post#2198038926809123410

I did a stupid thing today, Down Syndrome (DS), i bought a Nintendo DS Lite.

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Setting Up
Its pretty complicated to set up an NDS system to play homebrew games, but be sure there will be no risk of bricking the devices.

- NDS Lite
- SuperCard Lite Rumble
- PassWe 3 (or SuperKey, PassMe, NoPass..)
- MicroSD

SuperCard is a "SD-Card to GameBoy Cartridge" device, means it is shaped like a GBA cart, but has a slot to read SD card. SuperCard Lite means its smaller than odinary SuperCard, and it fits onto DSL without protruding. Rumble means it can vibrate (like the Playstation controller).

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PassWe is a flashcard like other original NDS game card, its function is to tell NDS to read from SuperCard (as all your games are stored there in the SD card). Confused?

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Boot always in NDS Card Slot > PassWe tells NDS to read from GBA Slot > GBA slot contains SuperCard > SuperCard reads from MicroSD in it > You can play all your games you stored in the Micro SD.

These is required as orginally, NDS can only load .gba games from Slot2 (GBA Slot). With PassWe, it can load all files from Slot2.

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A Quick Look
Two screens, mic and speakers. Speakers a bit soft, or im going deaf, the sound is quite bassy through my KSC75 and CK7, which definitely beats some cheapo mp3 players. Audio using the 35mm jack, unlike GBA which uses their own connector.

Dun really fancy the "push and snap back" Power button, i prefer the GBA's switch.

I on my DS at max volume, 40% brightness, using SuperCard and PassWe but no Rumble, and it lasted me through the day. Good! When you close the DS, it auto pause game and hibinates, entering sleep mode. which can run of hundreds of hours before battery is drained. The game resumes when you open the DS again.

No problem when playing multiplayer games with my sis. Wifi works fine.

Media Playback
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NDS has this wonderful homebrewed software call Moonshell, which can play mp3 and OGG VORBIS! YEAH OGG! And common image and text files. Videos are in DPG format.

It will boot with some "DOS-like" text appearing then in no more than 3 second you see this wonderful interface. The orginal comes with the Mac OX interface. It has windows, scrollbars and other UIs like a mini Mac, lol.

Video playback is reasonably good, colours are vivid, no lag and smooth. The only complaint i have is the audio a bit too soft, but sounds loud enough on earphones.

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I shall now comment on some of the games i experiment with today. The touch screen is one reason i chose DS. I use to have a Palm Zire72 and Tungsten|T before, none of them has any 3D hardware support at all, but the touch screen opened up a wide range of gaming possibilities. RTS is of course most benificial of all since you can point and select easily. Puzzle games like Bejewled are made convinent and Insaniaquarium is one of Frank's fav on my Palm (remember 1st three months he kept asking for my Palm JUST to play Insaniaquarium).

In DS, the bottom screen is touchable, which becomes extra buttons in game. In shooting games, it can become "mouse", by moving the stylus up down left right, its like moving a mouse you normally would on a laptop's touchpad, but on your DS.

- Elite Beat Agents

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Those who enjoyed Audition or O2JAM this is for you. The rules are simpler than simple, tap/slide/spin the circles in order. Why isit call Elite Beat Agent? I dunno cos you are the agent that are suppose to save ppl, but what has it got to do with dancing? LOL, the better you tap, the better you dance and the characters in the story get saved! LOL! The stories and characters are brought in by a good comic-book style on the top screen and you dance by tapping on the bottom

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- Nintendogs

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One word - "CUTE!". Its like an very advanced tamagotchi in 3D, but rearing dogs. With voice command, and the stylus, you can "touch" and "talk to" your doggy!

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- Metroid Prime Hunters

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This is a first person shooter on NDS. As mentioned, the bottom touchscreen serves as you touchpad, which you navigate around. Double tapping the touchscreen and u will jump. Change of weapons and options can be very easily selected on the touchscreen. Quite uncomfortable with the key layouts at first, but fine with them now. Metroid Prime Hunters do have quite some game features like a series of weapons, ability to morph into a "ball" and roll into tunnels and the map is definitely not easy to play.

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