Tagged With nintendo ds

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Nintendo is launching a new budget version of its perpetually-morphing DS in the lead-up to Christmas. As its name implies, the 2DS is a retro-shaped throwback to Nintendo's original dual-screened console. It is compatible with all DS games (including 3DS) and will retail for $149.95. But is it one re-imagining too far?

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The Street Static weblog provides a detailed step-by-step tutorial for turning your Nintendo DS into a portable translation dictionary. The process requires a free DS application called NewDictS, then takes advantage of previously mentioned StarDict's open-source dictionaries. When you're done, your Nintendo DS can translate and define English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, French, and more. We don't have a DS at Lifehacker HQ, so let's hear how it works for you if you give NewDictS a run. Turn your Nintendo DS into a Dictionary

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Nintendo is releasing Cooking Guide: Can't decide what to eat?, a cookbook application for its DS handheld, on July 3. The 250-recipe package can be browsed by ingredients, country of origin, number of calories or degree of difficulty, and there's a shopping list feature to track the ingredients you'll need. While you could of course download recipe documents onto any number of portable devices, the package has one neat trick: you can advance through the stages of the recipe using voice commands, ensuring you don't get sauce all over the screens. If you've got another high-tech tactic for accessing recipes in the kitchen, tell us about it in the comments.

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Wired's How-To Wiki steps through how to turn your Nintendo DS into a full-featured digital sketchbook with a homebrew application called Colours. With Colours installed, your DS's lower screen is the painting surface; the upper screen shows your image output. Getting started requires a homebrew hacking kit and some sleeve-rolling, but when you're done the results are really impressive. Hit the jump for a video of Colours in action to see what I mean.