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The DS Life: Prank call

Midas wasn't sure what he should do when the phone, which sat unattended across from him, began to beep. His father left the handset on the chair before stepping away for a moment, and Midas was too young to know what the appropriate action would be for situations such as these.

Would it be rude if he answered the phone? How would he explain to the caller that his father was currently indisposed? What exactly does "indisposed" mean, anyway?

Children aren't known for their patience, so it was only a few seconds before Midas hopped off his chair, peeked at the mobile's screen to see if it was a number he recognized, and lifted the phone to his ear.

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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?

Show and Tell: Zelda week, day four

It's time to get away from the body in our special week-long presentation of Show and Tell, and get into something fun. Being a dedicated Zelda fan isn't just about clothes and tattoos -- it's about what you do with the rest of your existence. This means toys, electronics, and even art can hold up your love as a banner for the world to see, and that's what we're looking at in today's edition. Jaunt on past the break to see what what we mean.

Do you have some awesome Zelda gear? Anything from t-shirts to tattoos, to statues and standees, if it features Link, we want to help you show it off. Snap some pics and send 'em to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. If we don't get to your stuff this week, we can always show you off in a later edition!

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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]

What's better than a free DS from Comcast?

The even freer commercial they made for it! To promote their new offer of a free DS with subscription to a whole bunch of stuff, Comcast hired John Kricfalusi to make a promotional animation. It's quite a bit better than pretty much any cable company commercial we've ever seen, and definitely a lot better than any Flash ad we've seen on a website. Animation this brilliantly weird should not be buried in Comcast's website.

Kricfalusi is best known as the creator and occasional voice of Ren & Stimpy and the founder of Spümcø International. You can see some sketches for the ad on his blog, as well as lots and lots of animation nerdery.

Oh, and also, if you need phone, internet, and cable TV, you should think about signing up with Comcast right now and getting a free DS Lite out of it.

[Via CAG]

Puzzling rumor has Nintendo supporting the iPhone

Imagine an alternate universe where the Atari Lynx, with its awesome color screen and arcade Ninja Gaiden port obliterated the original Game Boy in sales. Then Nintendo tried to come back with a color system, only to be humiliated by the Neo Geo Pocket Color. That is the the situation for which this rumor makes sense. speculates that Nintendo will release "a limited amount of content" for Apple's iPhone, in the form of downloadable $29 games. There is so much wrong with this idea. First, and most obvious, Nintendo kind of has their own handheld system with a touch screen. Second, Nintendo does not release games for non-Nintendo consoles. They licensed Mario and Zelda out to Philips for CD-I games, but they didn't make those games (and it didn't really work out.) The last time Nintendo made a game for someone else's system was pre-NES, with stuff like Donkey Kong and Popeye. And back then, they didn't have a console out to compete with Coleco, Mattel, and Atari.

Here's the weirdest part of all: Noheat claims that "The logic is that because the licensed games will be exclusive and cater to an older audience they should not intrude into Nintendo's existing markets." Brain Age says hello! Of course, having said all that, now we're quite certain Nintendo will make the announcement later today, just to make us look foolish!

[Via Dot Matrix With Stereo Sound, TUAW]

First post on NES-Emulating Phone Fanboy

A little something different: it's not a DS, but it is at least similar in that it's a handheld device that plays Nintendo games. If there's only one thing we want in life, it's the ability to have hundreds of NES games on hand at any moment. Let's forget the legal issues right now and just marvel at the technical wonder of a cell phone that not only comes preloaded with a NES emulator, but is designed with a reasonable button layout to play them.

Welcome to the future. If you had told us twenty years ago that there was a portable device that could store and play NES games, we would have been impressed. If you had told us that it would also have a TV-out, we would say 'neat.' But there is no way we would have conceived of the idea that such functions would be extras on a telephone that also has a digital camera.

Okay, we'll stop forgetting now and get to the major problem: downloading NES ROMs is illegal and violates Nintendo's copyright. Even backing up games you own is questionable. Oh, well, this phone probably won't make it to the US anyway, so we won't be forced into any moral dilemmas.

[Via Wireless Info]

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.

Nintendo thought about going into the cell phone business?

We never would've thought Nintendo was looking to the mobile phone industry with any kind of plans for branching out, but according to the linked patent, which was filed in November 2001 and issued in June 2006, they were (and could still be). The patent, which reads as "Electronic apparatus having game and telephone functions," doesn't really paint a picture. Luckily though, we yanked some screens from Engadget, so check them out after the post break.

[Via Engadget]

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