Wednesday, December 15, 2004 1:12 PM

Nintendo to release DS adapter for video, music.

Without any fanfare Nintendo has quietly made an extremely interesting announcement.

In Japan by Feb 2005 Nintendo will be releasing a DS memory-card adapter for the transfer of MPEG-4 video and MP3s(32 - 320kbps) to the DS. It will use a GBA cartridge with a slot for SD media (DS. SD. Makes sense.) and will be backwards compatible with the GBA. It will retail for about $50 US - although no immediate plans exist to distribute the product in the US.

Nintendo: Please release this in the U.S. soon.

Nintendo has explicitly mentioned ripping TV shows and taking them with you - and I, for one, find it hard to imagine Nintendo releasing a media player that only uses one of the two DS screens - as GBA cartridges currently do.

If you agree - then this implys that access to both screens and potentially both processors is possible from the GBA slot - a tantalizing capability currently unconfirmed. As if this announcement weren't exciting enough without the ancillary possibilities for misuse.

If true, this means a way to reuse those writable GBA flash carts to load DS software including DS Linux, homebrew software and all the rest....




At 6:03 PM, Anonymous said...

Nintendo is not going to release a product, especially in the states that will assist in piracy efforts. But then again, Sony did released the PS2 HD - so who the hell knows. -SilentK

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous said...

"Although Play-chan was announced by Nintendo as supporting the Game Boy Advance, it's also compatible with the DS. Only one screen is used for display, though. The standard Game Boy Advance is not compatible with the product."

That was off of IGN. Apparently it will only use one maybe it still stands that the GBA cannot access both screens.

At 8:23 PM, Anonymous said...

I highly doubt that the other screen and processor are accessable considering that the multimedia decoders are actually on the cartridge and that only one screen is used on the DS (see the IGN article, sorry no link).

At 10:30 PM, Anonymous said...

Regardless of the article, I still firmly believe that there will be cartridges that will be used in conjunction WITH DS card media simultaneously. (Off topic - When will the Mod Gods have a proper Forum?) -SilentK

At 11:23 PM, Anonymous said...

I know as soon as this thing hits Japan Im on it so fast. Right now you can get a 1 Gig SD card off Ebay for $70 USD, imagine the possibilitys this thing has. I can almost see where Nintendo is going with this. Movie and MP3 playback on the DS was confirmed almost from day one, Im not sure if it was on a DS card or not but neverless we have it right in front of us now. Lets see if Nintendo give us some sofware to rip with lol imagine NinRip.

Thanks Brett for the cool site.


At 10:48 AM, Brett said...

The IGN page is currently down - even when navigated to from their homepage but I found that multimedia decoder info on another page.

Not a deal breaker, but certainly not a step in the right direction. Comes with a headphone jack, too. How many does that make now?

And SilentK - you really think we need a forum? Aren't we suffering from too many forums to check as it is?

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous said...

check lik sang there is already a gba movie player II that can play movies, mp3s, let you read ebooks and play NES roms.

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous said...

I guess modgoDS doesn't NEED a forum. I'm just sick of the ones that I currently check out. But, you are right.

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous said...

It might not mean that carts in the GBA slot CAN access both screens but rather that the GBA slot is used so a NDS game can be played in the other slot at the same time.


At 1:27 PM, Anonymous said...

You guys realize a DS game can access the GBA cart right? My guess is the cart comes with a DS cart which handles all the software stuff. The GBA cart could have some basic GBA support as well.


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