New Nintendo DS Feature Discovered Years Later
A new Nintendo DS feature, or more specifically, a Nintendo DS Lite feature, was discovered 15 years after the hardware was released. In 2004, Nintendo released the Nintendo DS, one of the most popular pieces of video game hardware of all time. Two years later, in 2006, he released the Nintendo DS Lite, a redesign that included a thinner, lighter mold along with brighter screens. And apparently the DS Lite also had a TV-out feature that no one knew about.
On Twitter, Beta64 revealed that the Nintendo DS Lite has an unused video output feature that lets you play DS games on your TV, or it would if it wasn’t turned off. In other words, it’s technically a cut feature, but it’s a feature Nintendo never talked about and no one was aware of.
Just learned today that the DS Lite has an unused “video out” feature disabled on startup that allows you to play DS games on your TV, and the Lost Nintendo History hacking team has successfully restored functionality. So cool! Https: //t.co/B3Kxr7yB5I pic.twitter.com/4FxQLDx0XL
– Andrew (Beta64) (@ Beta64Official) February 22, 2021
As for the discovery itself, it was actually made by Lost Nintendo History, who revealed they made the discovery late last year and has since been able to restore it and make it usable for others.
“At the end of 2020, we discovered that the Nintendo DS Lite had some functionality left in its SoC that allowed it to easily have inexpensive hardware video output,” writes Lost Nintendo History of the Discovery. “With a little bit of circuitry and a few software hacks, we were able to restore it and make it usable for anyone. No FPGAs, no cumbersome or cumbersome hardware. This mod is especially useful for reviving consoles with just l ‘lower screen, be able to watch the upper screen of your TV. Or to create a GBA macro with an additional TV output. “
At the time of publication, Nintendo has not provided any type of commentary on this find, and it’s unlikely to be the case, but if it does, we’ll be sure to update the story. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment to let us know if you were aware of this feature or, alternatively, contact me on Twitter. @Tyler_Fischer_ and keep me posted there. In the meantime, for more information on all things Nintendo, click here.
H / T, Nintendo Everything.