We've seen our fair share of clever hardware mods in our time, but here's a design that's so perfect we're amazed Nintendo and The Pokémon Company haven't already gone ahead and made one themselves.
Instagram user @tomvdcr has transformed a Pokédex toy into a fully-functioning Nintendo DS, enabling it to play the system's impressive library of Pokémon games – and everything else, too. The Pokédex has had a few different designs over the years, but this one – which can be seen in the video below – is already shaped just like a real DS, making it a perfect fit for a mod like this.
To get this working, tomvdcr stripped out the electronics inside the toy, replacing it with real components from a Nintendo DS. Parts of the motherboard had to be trimmed to get it to fit, but the final result keeps everything intact, including the DS' Game Boy Advance cartridge slot.
"As a kid I always thought the Pokédex looked like a handheld and when we got to the Sinnoh region, it was just designed like a Nintendo DS Lite," @tomvdcr says. "So [of course] I wanted it, got myself a toy Pokédex and went [to] work with it."
With Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl just around the corner, we can't think of a better way to re-experience the originals before their upcoming remakes. Nice work, tomvdcr!
[source instagram.com, via kotaku.com]
It looks like a modded NDS lite machine with Pokedex skin. I can see a rough cut of the plastic on top screen.
Missed opportunity Nintendo....
Cool idea, but the quality isn't that high sadly.
I always thought the Pokedex looked like a current Gen Nintendo handheld. I remember thinking when I watched the first season that it looked like a fancy Gameboy.
That's actually why I never upgraded the red DS Phat that my friend gave to me at one point - it just resembled a Pokedex so much for me, and I loved that! I only wish the 3DS had a variant I could really say the same about, but my Pikachu N3DS XL I use now will do, at least.
I love this ❤️ I’ve always wanted to mod my old ds consoles. The most I’ve done is new buttons.
Would've 100% bought one.
Love all the Pokédex designs through the years.
Excluding gen 7 and 8 though, they're too Rotom-ish and don't really have any style of their own apart from that imo.
Looks like a bootleg toy, ugly
The guy did not cut the plastic right not even once.
@Krockman I am shocked that this bootleg toy looks like a bootleg toy
Pretty cool. I always wished Nintendo would’ve embraced the idea.
for now it doesn't look that aestheticly pleasing, but with a bit more work this could definitely look much more natural.
I would buy the heck out of an original (Dexter) Pokedex mod.
Why is it just Nintendo products people do this with? Never hear about people making their toasters into Xboxs.
Looks pretty cool for it being modified.
@Xiovanni looks much like the toy the person used, if not is the same one
Yeah, how has Nintendo never done a real version of this? It seems like an obvious choice.
Oh. Because it's Nintendo, and it's an obvious choice. :/
@Xiovanni Obviously it would be adapted lol
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