The Nintendo DS Lite almost had this popular Switch feature in 2006
Nintendo DS Lite is widely regarded as one of Nintendo’s best hardware updates. It helped push the popular handheld to 154.9 million units sold and solved many contentious issues consumers were having with the console’s original bulky design.
However, it turns out that the compact console also came with a hidden Nintendo Switch-like feature that has never been used: the ability to output to a TV.
The unused feature, which is disabled on the Nintendo DS Lite, was discovered by a team of dedicated game historians who call themselves “Lost Nintendo History”. The team is made up of “people aiming to uncover and restore the secrets of Nintendo’s software and hardware,” and that’s exactly what they did with this fascinating discovery.
I 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/4FxQLDx0XLFebruary 22, 2021
According to the team at Lost Nintendo History, who managed to get the hidden DS feature to work via clever hack and trickery, discovered that part of the console’s SoC (System-on-Chip) would have enabled the Nintendo DS Lite to pull out the upper display. to a TV – imagine playing Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the big screen.
It must be said that the possibility of output to a television is only found on the Nintendo DS Lite. The original Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo 3DS don’t support this feature, or at least the Lost Nintendo History team couldn’t replicate the hack on those models.
If you would like to try the feature for yourself (entirely at your own risk of course), the Lost Nintendo History team have provided a guide through their GitHub account. It should be noted that Nintendo DS games run at a resolution of 256 x 192 pixels in 4: 3 aspect ratio, so you can only imagine how pixelated and blurry it will look on a 55 inch 4K TV.
One of the most appealing qualities of the Nintendo Switch is its hybrid nature. You can play on the TV or take the console on the go in portable mode, if you like. The Wii U also experimented with using the TV and the Wii U GamePad to create the kind of dual-screen magic that Nintendo conjured up on Nintendo DS, but that didn’t really work because dividing your attention between the two didn’t really work. was not particularly intuitive.
Nintendo’s most recent iteration of the Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite, is a strictly portable device and cannot be connected to a TV. We expect Nintendo’s future device, possibly referred to as Nintendo Switch 2 or Nintendo Switch Pro, to retain hybrid functionality but target 4K resolution when connected to the big screen.
Via GamesRadar +