First look at an unseen Nintendo DSi development console

Trash_Bandatcoot Dec 19, 2018.

  1. Trash_Bandatcoot
    OP

    Trash_Bandatcoot A Nintendo DSi-madman (and yet he doesn’t code)

    Member
    9
    Jul 14, 2018
    Netherlands
    Edit: This post now has an article on RGDWiki.

    While I was looking online, I came across a user on NintendoAge by the name of ProtonX. He showed in a post 2 debugging DSi's (aka Panda DSi's) that had some debug applications on them, like TwlNmenu. I asked if he still had those, but unfortunatly, he sold them off. However, he did had another thing to show me:

    A development Nintendo DSi that was never seen before!

    This is what ProtonX has to say:
    "Pretty much like a DSi. It boots to this weird menu, with no cart. However with a DS cart, it boots games regularly. I haven't yet opened it up to see what board revision it has. I picked it up with some different color prototype Game Boy Pocket's (already sold)."

    V5HJrf9.

    W4vOTvJ.

    These are some general differences:
    -The console has a glossy finish, rather than the plastic you find on a regular DSi. This was probably done to make costs for these development kits easier.
    -The button prints are darker than the ones on a regular DSi. They're now black instead of grey.
    -There are no prints for POWER, START, SELECT or any of the icons for connections, power or charging.
    -There are no prints on the back, only a big yellow sticker that translates to 'Only for development.'
    -The console boots to a different kind of menu rather than a system menu, which I'll explain now.

    This menu is all in Japanese, there might be an English language, but I'm not sure. When you turn on the console without a cart, it just boots to this. After doing some minor translations and watching a video he sent me, this is really just a development version of the System Settings. These are the options:

    -Language
    - Changes the language, but there might just be only 1 language for this console.
    -Set Time & Date - Changes the time and date of the system.
    -Change User Data - Allows you to change user data (name, message, nickname, birthday, ect).
    -Calibrate Touchscreen - Calibrates the touchscreen, but it doesn't let you test it afterwards.
    -Wireless Connections - Allows you to turn on or off wireless connections, like Wifi or Download Play features.

    Later on, he sent me images of the motherboard as well.

    z4QvA5q. ms7SmxW. Sf9evWE.
    The only noticable difference that I could find is instead of a writing on the board saying CPU-01, it says CPU-X4. This makes me speculate this was used during the DSi's lifespan, rather before the release. (Note that the battery may not be the original, as all of his 1st-gen batteries died.)

    On top of that, he sent me a video to check out (as promised). It basicly showcases everything it has to offer.

    (If the video does not play, then click here to download or watch it via MEGA.nz)​



    Aaaaaand..... That's it for now! That was basicly everything he told me so far (beside a NAND dump). What do you think about this unit?
    -Trash_Bandatcoot
     
    Last edited by Trash_Bandatcoot, Jan 16, 2019
  2. kikongokiller

    kikongokiller GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    9
    Jan 12, 2017
    Australia
    I'm not all that interested in the DS/DSi, but this was a really interesting read!
     
    Trash_Bandatcoot likes this.
  3. Caboosium

    Caboosium Member

    Newcomer
    2
    Jan 19, 2018
    United States
    Planet Reach
    No SD Card Slot?
     
  4. Trash_Bandatcoot
    OP

    Trash_Bandatcoot A Nintendo DSi-madman (and yet he doesn’t code)

    Member
    9
    Jul 14, 2018
    Netherlands
    There is an SD Card slot.
    Naamloos.
     
  5. Caboosium

    Caboosium Member

    Newcomer
    2
    Jan 19, 2018
    United States
    Planet Reach
    I wonder if you could get hiya on it.
     
  6. Trash_Bandatcoot
    OP

    Trash_Bandatcoot A Nintendo DSi-madman (and yet he doesn’t code)

    Member
    9
    Jul 14, 2018
    Netherlands
    Maybe, but why would you want to do that?
    What we need is a NAND dump, then stick it on a retail console.
     
    StrayGuitarist likes this.
  7. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo and his tropane alkaloids

    Member
    14
    Feb 13, 2015
    Italy
    Imola
    It does look fairly convincing, as far as the layout - fonts - "general style" are concerned
    (interestingly, the white part of the sticker says it is a DS Lite battery, then again I doubt the intended audience would be concerned :) )

    Would be interesting to see the actual processor and memory (unfortunately desoldering shields isn't very trivial) (should just lift off), developer consoles should have 32 MB
    The nand is the standard quarter-GB affair
     
    Last edited by Ryccardo, Dec 23, 2018
  8. banjo2

    banjo2 little man

    Member
    6
    May 31, 2016
    United States
    gamer armchair
    I was wondering what one of these looked like. I could never find anything about it on Google.
     
    StrayGuitarist likes this.
  9. Robz8

    Robz8 Coolest of TWL

    pip Developer
    19
    Oct 1, 2010
    United States
    Well darn! I was kinda hoping it would have a second DS card slot. :P
     
    KiiWii, alivebacon, Tarmfot and 4 others like this.
  10. Normmatt

    Normmatt Former AKAIO Programmer

    Member
    7
    Dec 14, 2004
    New Zealand
    Did it come with an SD card?
     
  11. Trash_Bandatcoot
    OP

    Trash_Bandatcoot A Nintendo DSi-madman (and yet he doesn’t code)

    Member
    9
    Jul 14, 2018
    Netherlands
    Aww man, that model was just weird.

    Not sure, lets ask.
     
    alivebacon likes this.
  12. Trash_Bandatcoot
    OP

    Trash_Bandatcoot A Nintendo DSi-madman (and yet he doesn’t code)

    Member
    9
    Jul 14, 2018
    Netherlands
    It has been a while since I made a post about it, and in these 6 months, nothing happend.
    A guy named Norrmatt was about to buy the unit for $750, but someone else was first.

    To this day, nobody knows who owns this system now. I looked around on NintendoAge, but nobody replied. But whoever owns this unit now, a NAND dump will be very unlikely.

    It’s important to bring this back to the table and to figure out who owns this unit now.
    The only one who knows it is ProtonX, but he said he will only show who owns it “if the buyer wants to be known”. He never said yes or no. I sent another PM, and never got anything back from him, which sucks penile nuts.
     
    Last edited by Trash_Bandatcoot, May 21, 2019
    alivebacon likes this.
  13. Redbunnymoon

    Redbunnymoon GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    6
    Feb 16, 2015
    Austria
    Oh no!
     
    banjo2 likes this.
  14. ZOMGMASTER

    ZOMGMASTER Member

    Newcomer
    1
    Feb 25, 2019
    United States
    Is it just me or does the SD card slot look bigger than a normal DSis?
    Also, I was wondering about the sound, like is it louder, quieter, the same, or does not work or something related to that?
    Weird question, I know, but it just seemed it be something I should ask about
     
    Last edited by ZOMGMASTER, May 22, 2019
    alivebacon likes this.
  15. Rotohex

    Rotohex Member

    Newcomer
    1
    May 26, 2019
    United States
    Thanks for reminding me of my own Nintendo DSi. This is pretty cool!
     
  16. Trash_Bandatcoot
    OP

    Trash_Bandatcoot A Nintendo DSi-madman (and yet he doesn’t code)

    Member
    9
    Jul 14, 2018
    Netherlands
    ProtonX doesn't own the unit anymore, so I can't ask.
     
  17. zxr750j

    zxr750j GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    6
    Sep 29, 2003
    Netherlands
    Uuuuu
  18. Trash_Bandatcoot
    OP

    Trash_Bandatcoot A Nintendo DSi-madman (and yet he doesn’t code)

    Member
    9
    Jul 14, 2018
    Netherlands
  19. banjo2

    banjo2 little man

    Member
    6
    May 31, 2016
    United States
    gamer armchair
    Gone? It works for me.
     
  20. Trash_Bandatcoot
    OP

    Trash_Bandatcoot A Nintendo DSi-madman (and yet he doesn’t code)

    Member
    9
    Jul 14, 2018
    Netherlands
    Oh, idk why it doesn't work for me then. Send me a screenshot.
     
Quick Reply
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...