Would you expect to see a new broken Nintendo DS handhelds in a new form? A hardware modder in the person of Joe Bleeps has the answer: the Neon Advance. But you know in reality, a broken Nintendo DS is an uncommon sight. This pushed Bleeps to bring broken Nintendo DS to a new life.
Modder Turns Nintendo DS To Neon Advance
As you know, Nintendo DS handheld units are known for having weak hinges. This means that these units could easily be broken into two separate pieces. When this happens, the unit is apparently dead but Bleeps think otherwise.
“Where others see broken DS Lite consoles I see potential,” Bleep said on Twitter. “I took a different approach to Gameboy Macro mods, made it into a project and called it #NeonAdvance.”
What Bleeps did was to add a resistor to the original motherboard. By doing so, this would enable single-screen use. He also sorted cables and actually placed a mono speaker in the stylus holder since the original speaker was housed in the top half of the DS.
Regarding its form, the Neon Advance retains original DS slot, according to the popular modder. This means that you could still play GameBoy Advance games. And for the unit’s hinges, Bleeps further explained that he added a neon acrylic tubing which serves as the basis for the Neon Advance name.
Bleeps has posted in his social media accounts some photos of his finished designs, including his latest project with a pink theme and a blue neon light.
Japanese console and game developer Nintendo has provided a sneak peak to their second gen Wii console to provide excitement just days before the E3 opens its doors to the public.
In a video that was streamed online, Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, showed features of their new Wii U GamePad.
The Wii U Gamepad features a 6.2 inch screen that displays maps and information to complement the game. It can also act as a touchscreen game board and can serve as a second monitor.
The demo also showed that the console can also serve as a television remote control and the built in screen can serve as a “social window” to enable individuals using the Wii U GamePad console to play against each other online.
Its predecessor, the Nintendo Wii, was a huge success as it changed the way individuals play games. Its motion-sensing controllers became a huge hit and paved the way for active gaming sessions.
Casual games, free or inexpensive games, that is played through smartphones or tablets have hurt the company and the gaming business per se.
According to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said, “The snack food type games thrive at the expense of casual games.”
“They have hurt the Wii and the DS badly and taken away the casual gamer,” he added.
Nintendo’s DS and Apple’s iPod Touch may be facing a stiff competition on Sony’s just-launched PSPgo.
The latest version of its PlayStaion Portable video-game system, the PSPgo sports a different look than its predecessor. Its now pocket-sized, has a sliding screen with a 3.8 inch display, a built-in Bluetooth, and is 43% lighter. The most exciting feature though is that the new PSPgo offers full-length, portable games which will be available in an all-digital format.
Users won’t be bored with the extensive selection of content either. New stuff from the PlayStation Network include the much-anticipated Gran Turismo and MotorStorm. Exclusive games and videos on the PlayStation Store include PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe, Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake, and LocoRoco 2: Midnight Carnival. Sony is also offering “bite-sized minis” such as Tetris and Fieldrunners for those who are looking to have something to play while waiting for the bus or something. 😉
According to an article from NewsFactor.com, in all, Sony is offering more than 150 titles previously released, 60 original PlayStation classics, more than 2,300 movies and 13,000 TV shows.
“When we launched the PSP-1000 in 2005, it was clear that there was a huge demand for not only a great portable gaming system, but a complete portable entertainment device,” said John Koller, director of Sony’s Hardware Marketing group. “Since then, the PSP has sold more than 15 million units in North America and 53 million units worldwide.”