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Easy Piano adds a keyboard to the DS Lite

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2009

Easy Piano adds a keyboard to the DS LiteSure, Guitar Hero continues to dominate the video game music scene, but some people actually prefer to play the piano. For those musicians, a new title for the DS called Easy Piano will let you tickle the ivories on your portable.

The game comes with a keyboard peripheral so I hope you Mozarts have hung onto your DS Lites. It features a lesson mode, a play-along mode and even a song creation mode. The real question is, what can you play on that tiny keyboard with your huge fingers?

Band Hero DS attachments revealed

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Band Hero DS attachments revealedYou crazy kids and your peripherals and attachments. In my day, we had an Atari 2600 and the only thing attached to it was a joystick. Bah! Now you kids have attachments for everything. Are you playing a game or cleaning with a vacuum? Well, here’s some Band Hero DS attachments.

Players can use the On Tour guitar attachment, sing some vocals on the system’s built-in mic, or use the drum skin attachment above for percussion. However, if you’ve already upgraded to the DSi, then too bad for you. The guitar attachments will not be able to plug into the GBA cartridge port that the system doesn’t have and the drum skin won’t fit on the frame.

Blaze 3-in-1 selector: Switch between Nintendo DS Lite games

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2009

Blaze 3-in-1 selector: Switch between Nintendo DS Lite gamesChances are that if you have ADD, you probably also play video games. You probably just don’t sit with any game for very long. Well here’s a new toy for you. This little device will alow you to quickly flip between your favorite games on your Nintendo DS Lite. You can choose from 3 different games with just the flick of a switch.

The BLAZE 3-in-1 game selector features three cartridge bays, and a single ribbon connector that plugs into your DS’ cartridge slot. It adds bulk to your DS Lite, but the trade off is that you can choose from multiple games without having to carry around an additional case. One of 3 green LEDs lights up to indicate which game is currently active.

Nintendo DS glucose reader for kids with diabetes

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2009

Nintendo DS glucose reader for kids with diabetesOnce in a while something truly useful surfaces for the Nintendo DS. This is a blood glucose meter plugs into the DS / DS Lite’s Slot-2. Consistent glucose testing by the diabetic child (or adult?) is rewarded with points in a game that can be used to buy items or unlock levels. Sadly the new DSi doesn’t have a Slot-2, so those kids will be left out.

Bayer’s DIDGET meter was developed in conjunction with Paul Wessel, the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes. Paul noticed that his son was constantly losing his blood glucose meter, but he always knew where to find his Nintendo Game Boy. That inspired Paul and Bayer to work together to develop the first and only blood glucose meter that connects to the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite.

Nintendo DS Chocolate Case

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Nintendo DS Chocolate CaseI like sweets just as much as the next guy, but if you have a case for your DS that makes it look like a chocolate bar, you may have a bit of a candy problem. At least it looks better than the Chocolate iPhone case. And it melts on your portable, not in your hands.

Well, if you are crazy for chocolate, you might as well lay down $10 on the NDS Lite Chocolate Case from gadget4all.com, but it will only make you hungry, so in the end you and your DS will be fatter as a result.

Nintendo DS Transformers kit

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

Nintendo DS Transformers kitRevenge of the Fallen, the second installment in the Transformers movie franchise, is out this week and there’s no better way to celebrate than by geeking up your DS with these fancy costumes. If you’re into cosplay, maybe you and your DS can match.

The stylus and armor is available in both Bumblebee and Megatron and will cost you $19.99 for both, or $12.99 for either the stylus or the case.

Cyber Coin Assist for the DS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Cyber Coin Assist for the DSI don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a problem using the Nintendo DS’ D-pad. Apparently some people do, since this gadget now exists. Most people who play the DS Lite won’t find the Cyber Coin Assist necessary. There may however be a few out there who need the extra thumb support.

For those people, putting the Cyber Coin Assist over the D-pad may just make their portable gaming more enjoyable. We don’t have any info on pricing, but it should be out later this July. I’m saying right now that if people are willing to pay more than $2, I’d be really surprised.

Japanese students to get modified Nintendo DS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Japanese students to get modified Nintendo DSThe Nintendo DS Classroom will feature around 60 applications which will cover kanji, math, civics, physics and history. These will be available to students in junior high and high school in 2010. The idea is that the students will be able to do their homework, take tests, and even get real-time feedback from the teachers.

The system will be shown off in Osaka at the New Education Expo 2009 this month. This is one DS that you won’t get in trouble with at school, but it’s one that you will not be thrilled to use.

Kid gets rocks in Nintendo DS box

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2009

Nintendo offers two new DS Lite bundlesJodi Wykle just wanted to get her son a new Nintendo DS for his birthday. Sadly, what he got was a box of rocks. The story goes that the kid opened up his gift only to find bunch of stones and some rolled up Chinese newspaper in place of the popular handheld.

Doesn’t that just suck. Maybe the kid had it coming and it’s the work of Santa, who is sadly a few months behind…Or ahead of schedule. Whatever the case, the mom contacted the local Wal-Mart where she bought the box, but reportedly workers told her it wasn’t their problem and that she should contact Nintendo. Big surprise, Nintendo told her the same thing.

Your mom wants a lime green DS bundle

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2009

Your mom wants a lime green DS bundleNintendo thinks that your mother desperately wants a lime green DS Lite for Mother’s day. After all, you got her a Wii Fit last year. They’re hoping that the cooking software and tropical case is really gonna seal the deal.

Something tells us, this isn’t the gift for most moms. But if you want a lime green DS lite for yourself and want to up your cooking skills, it hits stores on May 3rd.

Nintendo DS Lite gets GPS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

Nintendo DS Lite gets GPS Everything else you own Already has GPS navigation. Your car, your phone, even the Sony PSP has a GPS option. Now it’s time for the Nintendo DS to get into the GPS game. You know, in case you want to locate a gamestop.

Designed by China’s Fab Chain, the Ranger is a GPS module for your NDS Lite. Just plug the Ranger into the accessory port on the front of your NDS, and you’ll get turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps integration. It will display maps in both 2D and fake 3D perspective modes, and even has automatic day/night modes. The module even has its own built in rechargeable batteries, so it won’t drain your NDS’ power supply.

Health Control Game Timer helps you control your DS addiction

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

Health Control Game TimerHaving trouble controlling yourself when it comes to playing your DS? Do you get the shakes when that bad boy is closed? You probably pet your real life kitten as if you’re using a stylus. The Health Control Game Timer should help you out, you weak willed Mario Kart addicted sack of sadness. It will take control and lay the smack down hard.

The device shuts down your Nintendo DS if you’ve been playing for too long. How long is too long? Either 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes. It depends how bad you need help. The problem is if you are truly addicted, you just won’t buy one. Or if you do, you could always just turn the system back on and keep playing for another 2 hours. So, if you buy this, consider yourself scammed and not bright enough to join the human race outside of your DS screen. We don’t want ya, so just keep right on playing.

GTA: Chinatown Wars DS Lite

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

GTA: Chinatown Wars DS LiteEarlier in the week, the Nintendo World Store in New York celebrated the release of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the DS. To honor the occasion, there was a special midnight release party with the usual free stuff and special giveaways.

The above DS Lite was one of those giveaways. And yes, I feel your pain and also wish I was there. Lucky bastitches. Check out the GTA:CTW chopstick styluses, which I’m sure gives Nintendo all kinds of ideas about a game that teaches one how to use them.

Nintendo & HarperCollins want to bring books to the DS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2008

Nintendo & HarperCollins want to bring books to the DSApparently HarperCollins thinks there’s too much Zombie shooting, Mario Kart racing, Tetris blocks falling and puppy petting happening on the DS, and they’d rather you do some fancy book learnin’. Or at least reading. So they’ve teamed up with Nintendo to make classic books available to read on the Nintendo DS. This 100 Classic Book Collection will at first only be available in Britain for £20. Turning pages will be as easy as brushing your finger across the screen.

Depending on the success of the service, Nintendo will expand upon the available choices at readers stylus’. The service will compete with reader devices like the Sony Reader released in September, which holds about 160 book titles. If the service expands to other countries, it is going to be hard to go up against Amazon’s Kindle, which even offers subscriptions to newspapers as well.

UK warns buyers of fake imported DS handhelds

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2008

UK warns buyers of fake imported DS handheldsHM Revenue & Customs has released an official report warning that “hundreds of imported counterfeit game consoles seized at UK freight depots were found to have been supplied with potentially dangerous power adapters.” Most of the consoles had been purchased at a huge discount from Asian websites that claimed to sell “genuine Nintendo products” for over 50% off. Yes, these fakes can kill you.

Nintendo has already confirmed that the DS / DS Lites are counterfeit, and the included power adapters were also labeled “potentially dangerous, since they had not been electronically tested and do not meet strict UK safety standards.” The moral of the story is that parents need to stop buying their kids these cheap-ass imitations.