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What to do with an no longer used, working* original NDS

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by Nicro, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Nicro
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    Hey there,

    I have an original (fat) NDS that still works fine aside from a quirk. I don't need it anymore and with it not being in top shape and the old model not exactly being scalperfood, I don't know what to do with it as it does not seem to sell even for delivery cost only. I don't mind not getting any money, but I don't want to throw it into the regular electronics-trash either. Is there still something it can be used for or alternatively can it be properly recycled?
    As for the quirk, you have to put in the games into it in a special manner, pushing them towards the bottom of the DS. The cards still lock in place and none of the pins are bent but there seems to be a tiny bit of wiggle room on that axis making that a requirement.

    I can completely understand the answer to this thread being "just throw it away", but I would like to ask for some advise anyway.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Give it to a friend or sell it if you really don’t want it, don’t waste it!
     
  3. Nicro
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    My train of thought exactly, I guess I'll ask around. Problem or more generally benefit is that all handhelds have backwards-compatibility up to the 3DS. Most people I know already have something newer, including myself. Though I have some kids in the family that might want this as a first console. Might be an option.
     
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  5. Friendsxix

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    I use my original DS as a backup alarm clock for days I really have to wake up on time. Being battery-powered, it has a backup if the power gets cut to the charger. Also, unlike the DS lite and later, the screen's light actually turns off a few seconds after you set the alarm, preventing you from getting blinded. :P
     
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    For things that I want to get rid of but no longer have a use for, I drop it off at my local salvation army or similar shop.
    This could be a good option unless you have an immediate friend or family member who would rather have it.
     
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    Located in Germany, Just like the little flag under my name says.
     
  8. wicksand420

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    Give it to a kid that doesn't have a 3ds, I'm sure you know someone who would really appreciate it.
     
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  9. Dodain47

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    If i where you I would keep the NDS. Just for Nostalgic Reasons alone.
     
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    Hell, make a Gameboy Macro out of it! :D That's what I'd do!
     
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    You know, people collect these things. I don't own a regular old DS yet... But I also don't feel like I need to buy one currently :D
     
  12. Kigiru

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    My old DS is hidden in my nerdy-stuff drawer, just in case if my 3DS would end its life or something. It's still pretty cool thing.
     
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    Stick a flashcart in it with a load of games and give it to a kid as their first console.
     
  14. cloudmaker

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    buy an R4 and play all the DS / gba games you want.
     
  15. brunocar

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    keep it to use GBA + DS features in some games, like trading 3rd gen pokemon with 4th gen games or accessing the secret bossfight in megaman ZX using megaman zero 3
     
  16. PikachuR77

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    Presumably, your Slot-2 isn't damaged so you can still play games that way.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it is possible to play ds roms from certain gba flashcarts.
     
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    Use HaxxStation to and use it as a server:D

    How much money for you you to ship it to Alabama?
     
  18. PypeBros

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    Being still developing on the NDS, I'd say the device is very valuable for those who would like, soon or not, to give NDS development a try. There won't be more devices produced, and running homebrew on DSi and 3DS is much more difficult. Maybe a hacking-club next to you might be happy to have it.

    If you want to offer it to a kid, make sure he understands the move: he'll get something that will be unable to play moderns games. He shouldn't feel like you missed the point. Note that the clam/shell design of the NDS doesn't make it that robust for kids to use it. 8+ would imho be a minimum for the device to survive.
     
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