The Nintendo DS Firmware 'Prototype' Reveals the System's Unique Boot Up Sound Effect

The Nintendo DS Firmware 'Prototype' Reveals the System's Unique Boot Up Sound Effect ...

Forest of Illusion, a Nintendo preservation site, has managed to acquire another remarkable piece of gaming history. It was able to recover a prototype of the Nintendo DS X4 firmware from an X4 prototype.

According to the source, "just about every aspect of this version is different from the final retail release". One of the highlights is the boot up screen, which appears to be a GBA placeholder screen and a sound file of children shouting "Nintendo."

The placeholder menu includes DS and GBA boot options, wireless play, and Nitro settings, as well as user information (console name, birthday, colour, language options, touch panel settings, and more).

A contributor to Cutting Room Floor explains that "some parts" of this prototype bear a strong resemblance to the early DSi settings app:

"Should bring up that some parts of this prototype strongly resemble those of an early DSi settings app, mainly the layout of the menu settings itself and the touch calibration menu," said the narrator.

Thanks to Forest of Illusion's efforts, some DS enthusiasts have also got the firmware up and running on their own units:

Nintendo showed prototypes of the DS at E3, which was at the time internally known as Nitro. What do you think of this piece of firmware history? What do you think about the boot up sound effect? Let us know in the comments below.

[source forestillusion.com]