Take a deep dive with Nintendo's DS demo kit

Talk about Frankenstein's monster!

19 June 2023
by rawmeatcowboy 0

The Nintendo DS is known for bringing dual-screen gaming to the masses. Nintendo may have dabbled with the idea decades before the DS with the Game & Watch, but it wasn’t until the DS that Nintendo fully realized the possibilities for the format.

Obviously, the most important aspect of the Nintendo DS was its two screens, which is what makes the above Demo Kit so wild. Nintendo had built a special version of the DS that featured a single screen, and even crazier, no buttons. The device was meant to distribute demos via local wireless to Nintendo DS players, so it served a very singular purpose.

This Demo Kit was obviously never meant to make it into public hands, and it wasn’t built to actually play DS games, but that doesn’t mean it can’t! In the video above, you can see that this unique DS Demo Kit does let you fire up DS games, but it’s obviously just about the worst way possible to play them!

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