Hackers discover unused TV-out option on the DS Lite

A neat secret!

The DS Lite launched all the way back in 2006, but fans of the platform are still discovering secrets hiding in the hardware 15+ years later.

A group of hackers/modders that were tinkering with the DS Lite have discovered an interesting feature. For some reason, the system has a TV-out option built in. You won't find this on the original DS or DSi, but it's hiding deep within the DS Lite. This feature is disabled on boot, but with a bit of hardware/software hacking, it can still be accessed.

As you see at the top of this post, the option allows you to output the top screen of your DS Lite to your TV. Sure, it's not the prettiest or most sensible way to play the DS Lite, but it's interesting nonetheless. You have to wonder why just the DS Lite included this feature, and why Nintendo hid it away!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Footage of the unreleased Black and White Creatures on DS surfaces

A lost piece of DS history found

2021 has been a great year for game historians. Early builds and prototypes for games that never saw release have been popping up left and right, and today we have yet another.

Black & White: Creatures is a cancelled DS game that was based on the original Black & White PC game from back in 2001. Black and White: Creatures took more of a pet simulation approach to the franchise, and was officially announced for release. Then without any explanation, development stopped and the game disappeared.

All these years later, we get to see what the game would have been like. We have no idea how someone has discovered a build of the game, but we're more than happy to see it surface! Does this game look like something you would have picked up back in the day?

Thanks to Rockyeahh for the heads up!

New trademark spotted for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

I can hear Linebeck's theme now...

Many fans have been wondering if Nintendo is going to do some sort of special Legend of Zelda package for the franchise's 35th anniversary. A new trademark for a classic Zelda game might be pointing in that direction.

A new trademark for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass has just popped up in Australia. The game originally released for the DS back in 2007, and then it later made its way to the Wii U Virtual Console. Could we be seeing it pop up yet again? This trademark listing could be for simple protection purposes, but it could also indicate a re-release of some form. We'll keep an eye out for more details.

Did You Know Gaming - Mario Kart DS

Did you know?

Today we look at the development on Mario Kart DS, including how some of its most prominent features almost didn't even make it into the game.

Pokemon Co. reveals N and Zorua figurine

A new duo to collect

There's no shortage of Pokemon-related figurines out there, and Pokemon Co. is ready to add another one to the pile. This time around, we're getting a figurine for N and Zorua figure, which is set to launch sometime in September 2021. The figurine is priced at 14,300 yen, and you can check out more pics here.

Nintendo DS classic Monster Tale coming to modern consoles in 2021

The following information comes from a press release from Majesco, the publishers of the original game:

Developed by Dreamrift, Monster Tale left its mark by bringing a nostalgic feel and a vibrant world featuring the human monster duo of Ellie and Chomp.

Players in Monster Tale experience a seamless blend of classic gameplay styles of puzzle-platformers, Metroidvania, and pet management as they seek to rid the fantastic Monster World of the evil ragtag group the Kid-Kings. Working together Ellie and Chomp must learn new skills in order to return the world to the rightful hands of the monsters and help Ellie return home.

Monster Tale features a beautifully crafted world of 2D pixel artwork reminiscent of classic 90’s titles. As players explore the world as Ellie, they’ll unlock new abilities for her to use to overcome the obstacles she faces. They’ll also help to train her monster companion Chomp so that he can evolve and aid Ellie in their adventures.

First 4 Figures Okamiden "Chibiterasu vs. Dark Chibiterasu & Possessed Kuni" statue development diary

A deeper look into the statue's creation

First 4 Figures CEO Alex Davis dives deep into the development process of our Okamiden – Chibiterasu vs. Dark Chibiterasu & Possessed Kuni statue, and introduces Senior Artist Tu Bui, who talks about his vision and inspiration for creating this amazing Okamiden collectible! Check it out!

First 4 Figures shares a closer look at their Chibiterasu vs. Dark Chibiterasu & Possessed Kuni Statues

Cuteness overload!

First 4 Figures is showing the Okami franchise a lot of love with their latest statues. The manufacture is working on Chibiterasu vs. Dark Chibiterasu & Possessed Kuni Statues, and they shared a bunch of new video footage for both designs today. Check out how the statues are coming along in the following videos.

Get a close look at Nintendo's single-screen DS used for Nintendo Zone distribution

Not the best way to play

Do you remember the Nintendo Zone service? For those who don't or weren't playing games back then, the Nintendo Zone download service was an extension of the DS Download Station where users could access content, third-party data, and other services from a hotspot or download station. You would find these Nintendo Zone distribution spots in locations like retailers, and you could connect to them with your DS to grab demos, trailers, and more.

The video above shows us the actual hardware Nintendo eventually used for Nintendo Zone distribution. Believe it or not, these units had just one touch screen, a cartridge slot, and that's about it. They would download data from Nintendo, and then send it out to local users. Get a much closer look at the device and how it worked in the video.

First 4 Figures reveals Okamiden "Chibiterasu Vs. Dark Chibiterasu" statue

Double the cuteness!

First 4 Figures has worked with the Okami brand before, but now they're shifting focus to Okamiden! The company has a "Chibiterasu Vs. Dark Chibiterasu" statue, and you can get the first details below.

Ever since the overwhelming success of our very first Amaterasu resin statue, Okami fans couldn't wait for what's in store for the series! And among the clamor of must-have Okami collectibles was Chibiterasu from Okami's spiritual successor, Okamiden. Right then and there, we knew it had to be done.

First 4 Figures CEO Alex Davis asked the members of our Official Collectors Club what pose they would like to see Chibi in and what his scale should be, and based on the overall feedback and after much development behind the scenes, we are proud to unveil the painted physical prototype of our Okamiden – Chibiterasu vs. Dark Chibiterasu resin statue! That's right, this will be an epic diorama of the final showdown between Amaterasu's son and his evil clone!

Based on the video, you can tell that Chibiterasu is using his starting Divine Instrument, the Divine Retribution. And you can also make out from the video that Chibi is at a higher vantage point than Dark Chibi, giving this statue a more heated presence. Apart from all this information, there isn't much else we could reveal for now.