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DS Daily: Who's been converted?


Our most evil and dark attempt to introduce you to the disgusting world of legal homebrew has concluded. Now that the dust has settled, we want to know how many of you actually managed to give something a try? Did you rush out and start downloading like crazy? Perhaps turned your DS into a PDA?

All of you who've now decided to take the plunge, what are you enjoying? For those of you that didn't, why? What's keeping you from the wide world of possibilities that come from the DS homebrew scene? We overcame our fears, you should at least try to overcome your own!

Homebrew week: the recapping


This week, the staff at DS Fanboy dedicated themselves to all things homebrew. If you own a DS and aren't checking out some of these hobbyist applications, you're missing half the fun of the system. Let us help you get started, find the best games and other software, and troubleshoot your problems, and you'll be reproducing Rembrandts* in Colors! in no time.

*provided you actually have some shred of artistic talent

Getting started


DS Fanboy's (semi) ultimate homebrew guide
Covering some of the most common Slot-1 cards that can turn your DS into a lean, mean, homebrew machine.

Homebrew glossary
DLD-what? Slot where? We've got the answers.

Filling up that SD card


Widen the horizons of the DS
The best apps for making your DS do all the things a handheld was never meant to do.

Japanese homebrew games that will blow your mind
From the wacky to the completely awesome.

Emulating the gaming world on DS
Your favorite old consoles, back in handheld form.

Don't buy these: homebrew recommendations
There are dozens of amazing homebrew apps available, and we've got a small sampling of our favorites.

Homebrew: Using the DS as a PDA
Why carry two things when one will do just fine?

More Naughtiness on the Nintendo DS
All the pornographic puzzles you can fit on a single microSD card.

Checking out the community


Confessions of a Homebrew Virgin
New to this whole deal? You're not the only one.

Homebrew dev dishes on the DS scene
The man behind Laser Hockey DS on the scene, his recommendations, and the lessons Nintendo could stand to learn from homebrew.

Homebrew support group
Got problems? We bet someone has an answer.

Emulating the gaming world on DS


One of the first things homebrewers do when they gain the ability to run unsigned code on a game console is to see what other console's games they can get running. Although the use of commercial ROMs varies from legally ambiguous (in the case of backup copies of your own software) to unambiguously illegal (in the case of just downloading stuff), emulator programs are perfectly legal -- and capable of running legal homebrew software designed for the consoles. We don't really want to get into the legal and ethical issues. We think that programs designed to run like old hardware are just cool.

Just like every other console, the advent of DS flash cards has brought with it a booming emulation scene. And since homebrew is so easy to run on the DS, and MicroSD cards so copious, it's easy to turn the humble DS into a classic gaming Swiss Army System.

We've outlined some of the most important DS-based console emulators below, along with a ton of lower-profile emulators.

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Confessions of A Homebrew Virgin



Write us something about homebrew, my overlords command me, and my heart skips a beat. You see, I have a dark secret that, until now, has remained private: you could write what I know about Nintendo DS homebrew on the back of a postage stamp. And not even one of those bigger special edition stamps they introduce at Christmas, but a regular tiny stamp.

A lot of you, I suspect, will be in the same boat as me, and this article is addressed to all of my fellow homebrew neophytes. Rather than simply pretend to know what I'm jabbering about, I thought I would be open about my newbie status, and write something about my first tentative steps into the world of homebrew.

For this exercise, I deliberately set aside three hours (spread over a few days) to learn about and download as much homebrew as possible. I had several questions I wanted to answer: Was getting into homebrew as difficult as I always imagined? What would I gain from it? How useful are current online resources to somebody who knows nothing on the subject? Is it worth the expense? Find out by heading past the break for a view of Nintendo DS homebrew through the eyes of a rookie!

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Behind the emulator: NeoDS developer interviewed

We thought that creating a Neo Geo emulator on the DS was a pretty noteworthy achievement. GameSetWatch contributor Alistair Wallis agreed, and he sought out the developer of NeoDS, Ben Ingram, for an interview.

Ingram goes into enough detail about the development of a homebrew emulation program, and assigning functions of the Neo Geo's processors to the DS's, that, well, we pretty much lost him right away. But if you do know anything at all about computing, this is really interesting. It's really interesting anyway, just to see what kind of stuff a homebrew developer has to think about when creating a new DS application.

Neo Geo Pocket Color almost had Game Boy compatibility

A third-party project was underway during the Neo Geo Pocket Color's short (but beautiful) life to add Game Boy and Game Boy Color functionality to SNK's handheld. Ganksoft Entertainment began by working on a software emulator capable of running GB/GBC software on the NGPC. The project was cancelled before the emulator was finished, due to SNK's dramatic exit from the console market. The screenshot shows roughly what state the emulator was in. Of course, with no software, the hardware never came to fruition either.

Would the system's history have been different if it could run its major competitor's games via an obscure, unlicensed peripheral? The Dreamcast says no.

[Via Insert Credit]

Neo Geo emulator turns the DS into an Advanced Entertainment System

Even though it's totally old now and its games are ported everywhere, the Neo Geo still seems like a special, vaguely magical system -- probably because of the price. It doesn't seem like the DS should be powerful enough to run its games, but homebrewer Ben Ingram has proven that it is possible with NeoDS, a Neo Geo AES/MVS emulator.

Full sound emulation and (most importantly) multiplayer have yet to be implemented, but according to DCEmu, "

[Via DCEmu; thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Commodore 64 emulation on the DS


Check out this nicely edited video featuring Commodore 64 emulation on the DS. Using the stylus and the on-screen keyboard makes this look so easy -- much easier, in fact, than winning those old school games!

[Thanks, James!]

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