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How to turn your DS into a phone

We made some recommendations for you in our recent Homebrew Cookbook, but for those of you unfamiliar with the homebrew scene, actually putting these programs onto your DS can be a little intimidating. One of the more complex applications is SvSIP, which allows you to make and receive calls with your DS.

Fortunately, though, the folks over at Portable Video Gamer have made an easy-to-follow guide for installing and using SvSIP on your handheld. If you were too apprehensive to try it before, this guide will hold your hand through the process, so worry not.

While having phone capabilities on your DS is probably not a necessity (we're sure at least 95% of you have your own cell phones), it's still a fun prospect. Yet, ultimately, do you think it's worth the hassle?

The homebrew cookbook: Recipes and recommendations for 2007

When we think about DS homebrew, we imagine a bunch of talented people with their laptops hooked up to their bathtubs, using all sorts of magic and blood rituals to produce the things that they do. It's one thing for paid developers to make games, what with their fancy-schmancy development kits and other perks. Homebrewers, on the other hand, don't get as many helpful tools, or recognition, or rewards for their labor. That's why we're completely in awe of the homebrew community.

Because of that, we compiled a list of some of our favorite homebrew creations of this year, with our best guesses on how they were made.*

*Note: DS Fanboy strongly recommends that you don't try these recipes at home.

Continue reading The homebrew cookbook: Recipes and recommendations for 2007

Top 5 desired app list causes us to reflect on our own desires

In constructing their own list of desired applications for the DS, Nintendo Gamers Online might have failed to recognize that the homebrew community is hard at work to come up with solutions to these issues. Someone is attempting to create a fairly decent GPS program, VoIP is already possible and Nintendo already released their own mp3 player in Europe.

So, we figured it would be best if we asked some folks who knew best about the DS: you. What kind of applications or functionality would you like to see come from the DS? Sure, some more fleshed-out DS/Wii connectivity would be nice, but that's the obvious choice. Come up with some good ones!

VoIP working on the DS

The DS is a very versatile piece of machinery. Its many capabilities are only overshadowed by the ever-increasing library of great games for it. Now, the thing can be used as a phone?

Yes, utilizing some of samuelv's hard work, you too can conduct phone conversations with just your DS and a wi-fi connection. Oh, and according to some, a knowledge of homebrew on the DS is also needed, as some have complained the software can be a bit of a pain.

Oh, and you'll also need a SIP account.

[Via Engadget]

DS VoIP app available for testing

I don't have one.What's that? You're already two hundred minutes over your monthly limit and you just have to tell your friend the latest news? Well, practical solutions include borrowing another friend's cell phone and/or displaying a modicum of patience, but we never were much for practical around here.

For those with homebrew capabilities, a new VoIP app has been written by JSR. It's still in the testing phase, but since we're too stupid to actually code anything, this is how we get those "we're contributing!" fuzzy feelings. Do what you can, we say, and if you also want to shout at your buddy through a DS, all the better. Check it out.

DS headsets thrown into ring, forced to fight to the death

Did you pick up a DS headset today along with your preorder of Pokémon Diamond/Pearl? What will you be using to take advantage of the online voice chat feature? Nintendo's official headset, Turtle Beach's Earforce D2, or Datel's Communicator? Or will you be slumming it with the handheld's built-in microphone?

If you're still in the market for a headset solution, Nintendo Gal has posted a comparison chart and her analysis on the three products. Testing their comfort, durability, sound output, and recording quality, she was able to determine which one deserves our hard-earned allowance money. There are even recording samples available that you can listen to and weigh in on yourself.

We're surprised that the Earforce D2 was judged as the best of the lot, but seeing that it's also the most expensive at $19.99 (Nintendo's headset is on sale for $9.99 at Amazon), it's good to know that you're not paying that premium for nothing. Turtle Beach's headset outclassed the official one in every category except recording quality, while Datel's Communicator was laughed out of the competition.

Voice chat in the works for Phantom Hourglass?

Last week's issue of Famitsu hid more in its Japanese text than just the June 23rd release date for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Zelda Universe's novice translation of the scanned pages indicates that the title might support online voice chat. Though this feature doesn't seem useful beyond setting up matches and trash-talking with your friends, it's a nice addition to the meager multiplayer mode.

With upcoming games like Pokemon Diamond/Pearl and Panel de Pon also planning to use the Nintendo DS' VoIP capabilities, purchasing the uncomfortable-looking, official headset is beginning to make a lot more sense to us. Of all the titles we expected to eventually include voice communication, Phantom Hourglass was definitely not one of them.

Update: Having a bit more experience with the Japanese language, The Hylia translated the Famitsu scans in an effort to confirm this news. Much to our dismay, The Hylia found that there is no voice chat support planned for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

[Via Digg]

Pokephone Diamond and Pearl

It's white.In the latest Nintendo press release regarding the upcoming guaranteed mega-hit Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl, Nintendo extols the virtues of Wi-Fi trading, an in-depth and sophisticated adventure, and zOMG awesome grafix. One point that Nintendo seems more than willing to drive home, however, is the fact that the pair of games will feature Wi-Fi voice-chat, as did Metroid Prime: Hunters in March 2006.

It's a nice feature, but the DS speakers and built-in microphone were hardly up to task of quality conversation; thus, Nintendo has decided to release its DS headset right along with it. Listed at a paltry $14.99 and shipping one day later than Pokemon D&P, it certainly looks like a decent pick-up for those interested in free hot-spot chatting. And can you imagine the trash-talking?

"Your Machop is more like your mom-chop, ohhhhh snap."

Umm ... in retrospect, we apologize for submitting you to that.

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