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List of Nintendo Entertainment System accessories

The array of accessories designed and released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) (known in Japan as the Family Computer, or Famicom) is considerable.

Since the Famicom lacked traditional game controller ports, third-party controllers were designed for use with the console's expansion slot.

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Xbox 360 accessories

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The Xbox 360 game console, developed by Microsoft, features a number of first-party and third-party accessories.

Up to nine controllers are supported by the Xbox 360, including wired and wireless gamepads. The wireless controllers run on either AA batteries (Alkaline or rechargeable) or on a rechargeable battery pack. The wired controllers may be connected to any of the three (one at the rear, two at the front) USB ports located on the console, or to a USB hub. USB keyboards are also supported, but only for inputting text and navigating the dashboard; additionally, the number pad and hotkeys are non-functional. The original first-generation Xbox controllers are not compatible with the Xbox 360. The controller is also compatible with PCs with the Games for Windows program. The Xbox 360 controller has been used in the United States and British militaries. The Xbox 360 controller has vibration feedback which is limited to titles using the new XInput API, however, unlike the first Xbox, the face buttons and bumpers are not analog.

Current controller colors available are as follows: White controllers are bundled with the Arcade and Pro packs, the Elite comes with a Black Controller to match the case. These are both available separately. As of mid 2008, Microsoft introduced Pink and Blue controllers, and in October 2008, a "Limited Edition" red controller was released, bundled with a Play & Charge Kit and red rechargeable battery pack. As of December, this controller is still available, so it is unsure how limited it will be.

Microsoft released a new Xbox 360 controller with an improved d-pad midway through October 2008. The new limited edition controller is available only in green and offers enhancements to d-Pad functionality, which will add to the experience of playing games where the d-Pad is the primary control method. However the improvements to the d-Pad are only apparent in games designed to use the feature. The new controller is a limited edition promotional item, in addition to retail availability it is available as a bundle with the release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 that is only available in Europe, Asia and Latin America while supplies last.

Some online retailers such as Gamestation, who offered the controller for free with initial pre-orders of Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, have confirmed they are getting supply problems with the special edition green controller, and are offering customers an alternative red and black controller previously only available in the United States instead of the green controller.

Many Xbox 360 accessories are compatible with any Windows based PC. Some examples are; the wired/wireless controller, the wired headset (via a controller), the wireless headset and the Live Vision camera. However, despite marketing by Microsoft claiming otherwise, the much anticipated Chatpad accessory for the standard Xbox 360 controller is not Windows compatible.

At E3 2006, Microsoft announced the Wireless Gaming Receiver (sold as Crossfire Wireless Gaming Receiver in the UK), which allows all wireless Xbox 360 accessories to be used on a Windows-based PC. This allows PC and Xbox 360 owners to use their wireless gamepads, racing wheels, and headset on their computer. The device acts in a similar manner to an Xbox 360 as it allows up to 4 controllers and 4 headsets at a time to be connected to the receiver. The device has a 30 foot range and a six foot USB cable. It is specifically designed to work with games bearing the "Games for Windows" logo, but will function with most games that permit a standard PC gamepad. The wireless device was released on February 16, 2007. It is notable that the official Xbox website says that the adapter will work with 'all future wireless devices'. However, it is also worth noting that the racing wheel still does not have force feedback support as of now. It is yet to be confirmed if the receiver supports the Lips microphones and the Rock Band and Guitar Hero instruments. Also an issue that has arisen from this product is the amount of power in which the receiver draws. There have been many reports that the receiver will work for days, weeks, or couple of months then fail to "receive" the signal from the Xbox 360 controller. This problem has been solved by users rather than Microsoft by either purchasing a new PCI USB hub or a self-powered USB hub.

The battery pack for the Xbox 360 controller is nickel metal hydride. The pack provides up to 25 hours of continuous gaming for the wireless controller. It is recommended in place of disposable AA batteries (which differ slightly in voltage). It also ships as part of the Play & Charge Kit and as part of the Quick Charge Kit. Third party rechargeable battery pack kits are also available.

The Play and Charge kit allows the controller to be recharged while playing a game by plugging the wireless controller into a USB port. The kit also includes the rechargeable battery pack. It should also be noted that the Play and Charge kit allows use of a wireless controller with the battery pack removed, however this can damage the controller . Microsoft currently does not support it to be used as a wired controller, however it does transmit data letting the host know that it is a wireless controller via a Play and Charge kit.; wireless is still used for data communication and the Play and Charge kit therefore need not be plugged into the console itself to function. Any USB port may be used for the player's convenience. The Play and Charge cable also allows automatic pairing of the Wireless controller with the host (i.e. an Xbox 360 or a Windows PC with the wireless receiver).

It should be noted that the play and charge kit batteries are generic 1300mah AA(LR6) nimh cells. Such cells are readily available in 4 packs up to 3,000mah. With 2,000-2,600mah batteries being common.

Microsoft released a small keyboard suitable for messaging in September 2007, coinciding with the launch of Xbox Live Windows Live Messenger on Xbox 360.

Released on September 4, 2007, the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit includes a wired headset. (It should be noted that older Xbox 360 wired headsets cannot connect to the chatpad due to the lack of the side pins). Despite the fact that Microsoft advertises the ChatPad as being compatible with "Windows-based PCs", it does not currently provide drivers to make the Chatpad work with a PC. There has been no official word when, if ever, a driver will be released. However, there have been some attempts at a workaround.

USB HID-compliant keyboards can be plugged directly into the console and will work in the same way.

There are two official versions of Remote control for the Xbox 360 and a number of unofficial ones. The first official media remote is the shorter version of the Universal Media Remote that can be bought at retail. It was supplied at launch with the Premium version of the console, and replaces the Xbox Live Headset in the Australian and Mexican Premium Xbox 360 systems, as well as the Brazilian official pack. These were sold in limited quantities. All remotes can assist in the playing of DVD movies and music (although the console can play such media without the remote), while the Universal Media Remote offers more function by having the ability to serve as a control for a number of TVs or Windows Media Center-based PC. All remotes allow basic control of games, along with being able to navigate the dashboard. The remote control allows for controlling portions of the interface of the Xbox 360 via infrared.

The Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel was introduced by Microsoft at E3 2006. Released in November 2006, the force feedback steering wheel controller includes the standard gamepad buttons and floor-mounted accelerator and brake pedals. Although the wheel is capable of running off the rechargeable battery pack, use of the force feedback and active resistance features requires an external AC adapter.

A limited edition of the force feedback wheel included the racing game Project Gotham Racing 3. There is also a "Hardcore Pack" for Test Drive Unlimited, which makes the driving more realistic than without the pack.

On August 22, 2007 xbox.com published a newsflash saying that they will retrofit for free all the Wireless Racing Wheels that were manufactured on 2006 - 2007. This is due to a component in the wheel chassis that in rare cases may overheat and fail when the AC/DC power supply is used to power up the wheel. It turned out that the retrofit actually requires owners to ship their Wireless Wheel back to Microsoft for repair or replacement. Wheel owners are reporting their experiences in this thread on the Xbox.com forums.

The games Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action and Scene It? Box Office Smash come bundled with four special wireless controllers called Big Button Pads, which resemble game show buzzers. Each controller has one large "buzzer" button at the top and four smaller buttons for answering multiple-choice questions. The large buzzer button also functions as a 4-way directional pad, which helps to navigate the Xbox 360 dashboard menu. The game's price is unaffected by the inclusion of the controllers. Other games such as Uno and Wits and Wagers have added support for the Big Button Pads.

The Big Button Pads use an external IR receiver which connects to the Xbox 360 via USB. When the IR receiver is connected all four quadrants on the 'ring of light' are lit to tell the user that four controller devices are active. These Big Button Pads can be used at the same time as the wired and wireless gamepads and the wireless headsets.

The Xbox 360 Arcade Gamestick from Mad Catz has a full size joystick and spinner control. It comes with the Xbox Live Arcade games Frogger, Time Pilot, and Astropop. It is officially licensed by Microsoft.

Guitar Hero II features a special guitar shaped controller (known as the Guitar Hero X-Plorer Controller, and modeled after the Gibson Explorer guitar) that is plugged in via the USB ports. The controller works just like a normal controller and may be used with other games, however it does not have the same number of buttons or joysticks which may limit other games. The controller is sold bundled with Guitar Hero II, some bundles of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, or available separately. It is also bundled with the PC and Macintosh releases of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock comes with a new designed controller that is wireless (called the Les Paul controller and shaped like a Gibson Les Paul), that works in the same way as its predecessor. Both these controllers also feature the expansion port which allows users to equip a wired headset for voice communication. The wireless Les Paul guitar controller has been tested to work on the Microsoft Windows operating system using the Wireless Gaming Receiver for use with the PC version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, however, the wired X-Plorer is the only guitar controller officially supported by Aspyr Media (developer of the PC and Macintosh release).

Produced by Hori, it was only made available for purchase in a special-limited edition package of Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. The Ace Edge package was officially released only in North America and Japan.

Adapters and cables are available for TOSLINK, RCA (audio and video), S-video, Component video (YPbPr) , VGA, D-Terminal, and SCART connections, depending on regional standard.

On March 28, 2007 Microsoft officially announced the Xbox 360 Elite which includes a built-in HDMI port and a bundled HDMI cable. Currently all Xbox 360 models have an HDMI port, but only the Elite model comes with a HDMI cable.

The HD DVD Player for the Xbox 360 is a now discontinued accessory which allows playback of HD DVDs. It was announced by Bill Gates during his 2006 keynote speech at CES. It was officially presented at E3 2006 and was launched on November 7, 2006.

The drive uses USB to connect to the Xbox 360 and all of the audio and video processing is done by, and is output from, the Xbox 360 itself. The HD DVD player also features two extra USB ports on the rear as well as a clip to for attaching the wireless network adapter to. The drive will neither read Xbox nor Xbox 360 titles, and all Xbox 360 games will continue to use DVD-9 media.

The Xbox Live Vision camera was announced at E3 2006 and was released in North America on September 19, 2006, and Europe and Asia (except Japan, as the release date has not been confirmed yet) on October 2, 2006. At present there are 11 Live Arcade games which have camera functionality included, some of which are: Uno, TotemBall, Burnout Paradise (only during online play, when you are taken down and the camera sends a picture of you at the moment of being taken down), Texas Hold'em, Spyglass Board Games, Pinball FX, Hardwood Backgammon, Hardwood Hearts and Hardwood Spades. The ability to create an in-game representation of a player is possible using this camera and a suitable game, similar to Sony's EyeToy for the PS2. The retail games Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas and Vegas 2 allow players to create an in-game version of their face with this feature. The dashboard software released on June 13, 2006 added an option in the system tab to support its functions. The Xbox Live Vision Camera is also used in Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise.

The hard drive inside the casing of the 20GB, 60GB and 120GB drives are standard 2.5" (laptop sized) SATA hard drives.

Some game saves and downloaded content cannot be copied from hard drives to memory cards. What content cannot be moved is up to the discretion of the individual video game developers.

The Datel Xsata is an unlicensed accessory used to transfer materials from the console's hard drive to a Windows PC. The XSATA is a device that sits between the 360's hard drive and the console itself. Use of this device to transfer saved game files for the purpose of unlocking achievements is prohibited by Microsoft in the Xbox Live Terms of Service agreement.

The Xbox 360 can read USB storage devices such as thumb drives, Zunes, iPods, mp3 players, and hard drives. These can be used to play music, or to view pictures and videos. The file systems FAT, FAT32 and HFS+ are supported but NTFS is not.

The default faceplate (black or white) can be replaced with a range of custom designs, each sold separately. The prices of these custom designs are typically around $20 with more to be released by third party manufacturers. Microsoft has also distributed three promotional faceplates, one for those present at the E3 2005 unveiling, one for those at the Zero Hour launch event and one for VIP X05 attendees. While faceplates exist mostly for aesthetic reasons, it still serves several other functional roles like airflow direction, dust and particle deterrence, and protection for the DVD-tray and memory slots. Note that only the faceplate on the Xbox 360 can be easily replaced and not the other parts of the casing.

Unofficial custom cases can be purchased from independent manufacturers. They come in a wide range of colors. After they are purchased, the buyer can remove the outer casing of their console using special tools provided, or bought separately, which allows them to fit the new case. Case mods do not differ in shape or size, and are based on molds of originals, but, without any Microsoft logos or stickers. Fitting these voids the console warranty.

The official Wi-Fi adapter is connected to the Xbox 360 through one of its USB ports. It supports 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g connections, with encryption mechanisms limited to 'WEP' and 'WPA'. There is an inactive 'WPA2' option in the Wireless Security Options, but Microsoft's plans regarding this feature are unknown.

Functionality equivalent to the adapter's can be achieved with different third-party solutions, which are connected through the ethernet port and recognized by the Xbox 360 as a wired connection. It is also possible to connect an Xbox 360 to internet through another system's connection if it has it shared.

Using an official or third-party wireless bridge the console can automatically detect and link up with other Xbox 360 consoles that are within range and form a mesh network.

Two exergaming accessories are designed for the Xbox 360, Dance Dance Revolution Universe and Gamercize, are currently available. Through backward compatibility the Yourself!Fitness instructional game for the Xbox can also be used.

The Nyko Intercooler 360 is designed to reduce the internal operating temperature of the 360 and as a result, to prolong lifespan of the console. It connects to the exterior of the Xbox 360. There is no internal modification of the Xbox 360 required. A pass through power connection utilizes the existing Xbox 360 power supply negating the need for an extra AC adapter. The unit also powers on and off automatically with the 360 and the Intercooler's small size will fit in tight spaces like entertainment centers with the 360 placed in either horizontal or vertical orientation.

Many consumers, as well as the press, claim it scorches their consoles, "steals" power from the system and even cause the red rings of death. However, Nyko has now created the Intercooler EX which has a new AC adaptor made of metal and therefore solves the problem with power "stealing" and the plug falling off.

At E3 2008, Nyko announced a new revised sleeker model of the Intercooler named the Intercooler TS, this new model is smaller than previous models and blends in with the console, it's main feature is called TempSmart, a temperature sensing technology which automatically powers on the Intercooler’s fans when needed, and continues to cool the console even after the console has been switched off till a proper ambient temperature has been reached and it's also powered by its own AC adapter, so no batteries or USB cables to the console are necessary.

The Cooler King is another external fan for the 360. It also features a 4-port USB hub. Official Xbox 360 AV cables cannot be used with the Cooler King as it lacks the AV port usually on the Xbox 360. Players have to use third-party Component/Composite cables. This cooler also has VGA support so it can allow the Xbox 360 to be connected to some monitors and TVs using a VGA cable. This cooler will not work with the newer HDMI-compatible Xbox 360s and it seems to have been discontinued.

The Pelican Fan Stand provides a different approach to cooling the Xbox 360. Instead of clipping on to the back like the Cooler King or Intercooler, the fan is situated in a base extension that the console can sit on only in the upright position. The placement of the fan allows it to draw cooler air from beneath the console and blow it out through the back. It uses a single USB plug to draw power from the Xbox. This makes a switch necessary to turn off the fan, allowing it to continue cooling after the console has been turned off unlike the Cooler King or the current Intercooler.

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Mobile phone accessories

The typical cell phone has become somewhat obsolete; current cell phones offer embedded features such as memory databases for storing frequently called numbers, locking features for theft deterrence, crystallized displays, internet connection capabilities, and other useful features. With the addition of popular culture, science, and marketing the cellular phone accessories industry has sky rocketed to meet the ever-growing needs of the consumer.

Cellular telephones have become very popular with professionals and consumers as a way to communicate while away from their regular, wire-based phone, creating a niche for software makers to meet demands (and create new ones). The large investment by Amazon.com, buying a 7% stake in GeoWorks – a California company that makes software for cellular phones, shows how the market has attracted different companies4.

Mobile telephones use radio waves to send and receive calls, this makes a portable battery a necessity – and the cell phone must include a power source. Rechargeable batteries provide the usual source of power, but most cell phones can also be attached to the cigarette lighter in a vehicle or to some other external power device.

The newest trend in cell phone accessories are skins and design covers.

These decals can be made of hard plastic or in the newer market adhesive-backed vinyl pieces. These vinyl skins can be ordered on many websites and come pre-cut to fit your cell phone or even another electronic device. There exist two different types of vinyl material, calendared or cast, with the latter being more expensive. In short, calendared vinyl is expected to only be used for short durations while cast vinyl is used on a more long term basis. Calendared vinyl also tends to shrink in the heat, and fade in color. On the other hand, cast vinyl can cure all of these problems, yet costs up to 250% more (which still is a very cheap total cost). While the technology of these adhesive-backed skins continues to improve, the most up to date technology comes from 3M. The company has manufactured a cast vinyl product that they call "Controltac". This vinyl cover maintains a more glossy look and provides an air release channel that prevents bubbles during placement.

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Fashion accessory

Burberry handbag

Fashion accessories are decorative items that supplement one's garment, such as jewelry, gloves, handbags, hats, belts, scarves, watches, sunglasses, pins, stockings, bow tie, leg warmer, leggings, necktie, suspenders, and tights.

Accessories add color, style and class to an outfit, and create a certain look, but they may also have practical functions. Handbags are for carrying, hats protect the face from weather elements, and gloves keep the hands warm.

Many accessories are produced by clothing design companies. However, there has been an increase in individuals creating their own brand name by designing and making their own label of accessories.

Accessories may be used as external visual symbols of religious or cultural affiliation: Crucifixes, Jewish stars, Islamic headscarves, skullcaps and turbans are common examples. Designer labels on accessories are perceived as an indicator of social status.

Accessories are also available in the form of bracelets, necklaces and earring.

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Nintendo DS accessories

Game Boy Advance game slot on Game Boy Advance (above) and Nintendo DS (below).

This is a list of Nintendo DS accessories.

Although the secondary port on the Nintendo DS does accept and support Game Boy Advance cartridges (but not Game Boy Color or original Game Boy cartridges), Nintendo has emphasized that its main intention for its inclusion was to allow a wide variety of accessories to be released for the system, the Game Boy Advance compatibility titles being a logical extension.

The Rumble Pak was the first official expansion slot accessory. In the form of a Game Boy Advance cartridge, the Rumble Pak vibrates to reflect the action in compatible games, such as when the player bumps into an obstacle or loses a life. It was released on October 24, 2005 and bundled with Metroid Prime Pinball. It can be used in games such as Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time, Star Fox Command, Metroid Prime Hunters and 42 All Time Classics and is sold as a separate accessory. A specially designed Rumble Pak was released in Japan in late May, 2006 for the Nintendo DS Lite The cartridge is about 1cm shorter to prevent it from protruding out of the Nintendo DS Lite as standard Game Boy Advance cartridges do. A North American version of the accessory is assumed following the June 11, 2006 release of the system.

On February 15, 2006, Nintendo announced a version of Opera, a cross-platform web browser, which will take advantage of the dual screens for either zooming in on certain sections of a website or having a longer vertical view. The browser went on sale in Japan on July 24, 2006, for JP¥3,800 (approx. $33). It was released in Europe on October 6, 2006.

The Nintendo DS Browser ships with a 10MB RAM pack which fits into the accessory slot, and which is required for the browser to run. The Expansion Pak is not used by any other commercial software, but some homebrew applications can use it.

Nintendo of Europe released the Nintendo MP3 Player in December 2006. It is very similar to the Japanese Play-Yan Micro, however the MP3 Player cannot play video files. Music is played from an SD Card inserted into the MP3 Player Cartridge (which fits into the GBA Slot), and a special Headphone port is included in the cartridge to enable playback during sleep mode, and in a higher quality than the DS speakers. It has two menu themes, a Stickman theme and a classic Super Mario Bros theme.

The Nintendo MP3 player is compatible with any device that can play GBA games, however it is not recommended for the Game Boy Advance or GBA SP due to short battery life.

The DS Camera is a camera that plugs into the GBA slot of the DS. It is included with Face Training, in which it is used to give the player a view of whose face as who uses the game. It is currently only available in Japan. No release date has been given for the rest of the world.

Launched in Japan on August 3, 2007, the Slide Controller is bundled with the game "Slide Adventure: Mag Kid". The Mag Kid is a little magnet that stays all of the time in the center of the touch screen. The Slide Controller is attached to Slot 2, of the DS, which makes use of the technology of a computer's optical mouse, being that the pak emits red light from a LED light located at the bottom of the controller. In order to move the Mag Kid across the screen during the game, the player has to slide the whole Nintendo DS system with this controller (combined with a slant angle) on a table surface, thus given the name "Slide Controller". On August 3, 2007, the bundled package of the Controller with the game was released at the price of HKD310 (USD39.9) across Hong Kong.

The Nintendo DS Digital TV Tuner is a 1seg TV tuner that picks up TV signals and plays them on the Nintendo DS. The prototypes Nintendo had at the press conference were running via the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot, but the final version plugs into the DS card slot complete with TV aerials that unfold when in use. It was released on November 23, 2007. The top screen is for watching the broadcast in 16:9 or 4:3 ratio. The touch screen is used to change the channels. Not much information is available on the product. Currently available in Japan only because it only picks up 1seg broadcast signals. It is unlikely this will become available for use in North America or Europe. Sold at an online Nintendo shop in Japan.

The DS Motion Card and DS Motion Pak are motion sensors for the DS and DS Lite handheld gaming systems. They each contain a 3-axis accelerometer and a single-axis gyroscope, and plug into the DS to enable full motion sensing on the DS and the DS lite.

They are the first tri-axis accelerometers that can be used for homebrew DS development, and the first accelerometer/gyroscope combinations available for handheld gaming.

This was an update to the Action Replay for Game Boy Advance. Not only did it function as a GBA Action Replay, but for DS users, it could hold premade game saves or "powersaves" that could be downloaded from the Action Replay site as well as user made saves. It did not, however function as a cheat device for DS games, it was only for data backup.

Datel manufactures the Max Media Dock, this allows you to access, store and run media content from CompactFlash cards. It can accept cards up to 8 GB in size. This tool also lets you use DS homebrew. DS homebrew is software written for the Nintendo DS handheld games console by hobbyist programmers.

Max Media Dock is compatible with both the original Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite.

Similar to the Max Media Dock, it features a removable 4 GB hard drive to accompany a software media player. A compactflash card can replace the hard drive. The Max Media Player also comes in a 1 GB "GigaPack". The add-on is similar to the 4 GB hard drive released late last year for the PlayStation Portable.

The Play-Yan is an adaptor which allows the Game Boy Advance SP and Nintendo DS to play MPEG-4 videos and MP3 music from SD memory cards. It was originally marketed as a Game Boy Advance accessory, but it can also be used with the Nintendo DS. The adaptor bears a superficial resemblance to the AM3 player (which allowed playback of pre-recorded movie files from read-only memory cards on a Game Boy Advance); the memory card slides into the right hand side of the adaptor, which then plugs into the cartridge slot of the parent console.

It is estimated that it will offer over 15 hours of MP3 playback and 4 hours of MPEG-4 playback from a fully-charged Game Boy Advance SP. The adaptor launched in Japan in February 2005 for approximately 5,000 yen ($47.47). Nintendo originally planned to release the adapter in the U.S. by the end of 2005, but it appears their plans have changed, as Nintendo has not delivered an announcement of a U.S. release with specific dates as of April 2008.

WiFi MAX is Datel's alternative to the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector. Unlike the Wi-Fi Connector, the WiFi MAX can be used with Wi-Fi devices other than the DS (PlayStation Portable, PDAs, etc). The WiFi MAX can also be used as a standard WLAN adapter, while the Wi-Fi Connector is limited to acting only as an Access Point.

However, the WiFi MAX lacks the added security features of the Wi-Fi Connector, in that any device can connect to it, rather than only permitting Nintendo DS units. WiFi MAX should not be confused with WiMAX, an unrelated wireless data technology that provides wide-area coverage.

Datel's version of the VolP headset.

A device primarily used for homebrew and backups. There are many DS flash cart variants on the market. Although they are still compatible with the DS, Slot-2 flash carts originally intended for the Game Boy Advance have been superseded by more modern DS flash cards which use slot-1, such as the N-Card, M3, Supercard, Edge DS, EZ-Flash IV, G6, DSTT, R4, Acekard, and CycloDS Evolution.

Another accessory coming soon by Datel. The Trainer Toolkit which consists of a "Dev-Card"—a dongle that connects into the GBA cart slot, an Action Replay DS "Trainer Card" that inserts into the DS slot, as well as a USB link to PC cable and "Training" software. Basically, this is a device that is used to make your own hack/cheat codes for Nintendo DS games. Reportedly, music and movies will be viewable on this. There is no information yet on when this product will be released, although during October 2006 they announced that the card is available via the internet.

Clips of this product can be found on YouTube.

This small card made by Datel connects into the DS's cartridge slot and allows music and movies to be played on the Nintendo DS. Media files are loaded onto micro SD Cards which then the card is loaded into the cartridge.

Datel's version of DS Flash cards for running homebrew games. It appears to be the same thing as the Games n' Music—it even has similar packaging. Apparently Datel changed the name to something that would appeal to buyers, such as "Games n' Music" over "Cartridge Construction Kit".

This card was originally designed for the Game Boy Advance, but was hacked by Chism, a homebrew DS developer. The firmware modification allows the GBA Movie Player versions 1 and 2 to boot DS homebrew. The files are stored on a Compact Flash card. Since the GBA Movie Player is a Slot-2 device, it must be booted using a PassMe, FlashMe, WiFiMe, or another pass device such as NoPass. The booting application must be renamed _BOOT_MP.nds, which is booted when the DS starts up. A shell program, such as MoonShell, DSOrganize, or GBAMP Multiboot, may be used to boot other applications after it boots.

Another cheat device, this one is made by Pelican Accessories.

The DSMem is an adapter for the Nintendo DS produced by the engineer amadeus in his spare time, aiming to supply the DS with a means of rewriteable storage, and to free some of the DS's 4MiB of available memory by using userspace XIP on the binaries contained within the internal flash memory. Over the last months, since the project's announcement on the DSLinux forums at 10:36 on 21 July 2005, the device has evolved from a plan into a fully working prototype. It is to provide an RS232 interface, Flash memory, and a microSD port. The Linux kernel and uBoot bootloader will be stored in the Flash, while other data are to be stored on the microSD cards. The DS has only limited battery power, so low-power parts must be used. This influenced the decision to use the microSD card, Xilinx Coolrunner II CPLDs, and Intel P30 flash memory, with an LM3670 voltage switcher.

The Guitar grip controller comes packaged with the game Guitar Hero: On Tour and is plugged into the GBA game slot. It features four colored buttons just like the ones that can be found on regular Guitar Hero guitar controllers for the stationary consoles, though it lacks the fifth orange button found on the guitar controllers. The DS Guitar Hero controller comes with a small plectrum-stylus that can be put away into a small slot on the controller. It also features a hand strap.

One of the most prevalent booting tools is the program FlashMe. This is a modified firmware for the DS.

After the first passthru (patching card information) got homebrew code running, several people started to produce and sell the so-called PassMe devices. Currently, the BIOS of the Nintendo DS has been disassembled and will lead to passthrules cards. PassMe v1 could simply use any Nintendo DS Game Card to operate, while PassMe v2 required on-board memory for game specific booting, which would combat with later versions of the Nintendo DS's firmware that blocked nongame-specific boots. However, this required SRAM in the media that the PassMe was booting to, and thus did not operate with some media devices, such as the Game Boy Advance Media Player (CF/SD).

Datel has introduced to the market the first of the aforesaide passthrules cards, dubbed "NoPass" by the homebrewing community. It functions similarly to a PassMe, and unlike previous generations, does not need an official game card or an SRAM-enabled storage device. This opens up the option of using the Game Boy Advance Movie Player with newer-firmware Nintendo DSs.

Ever since the Nintendo DS's release on November 21, 2004, several groups have been attempting to extend and build upon the Nintendo DS Wi-Fi protocol. Darkain was leading the reverse-engineering of the Nintendo DS Wi-Fi and Ni-Fi protocols at the time the Nintendo DS came out, which has influenced many of the available Nintendo DS Wi-Fi hacks and applications today.

Interestingly, two groups (Project Nitro and Team Xlink) had claimed to be successful in tunneling the Nintendo DS WiFi protocol over the internet creating online multiplayer possibilities around the world using the handheld and multiplayer-enabled Nintendo DS games.

However, Project Nitro never put out any software or evidence to support their claim, and has since completely disappeared (the developers moved on to create DSmeet, a place to meet other NDS WiFi users). Team XLink claimed to have a workable system, but later publicly announced they were no longer working on tunneling the Nintendo DS, saying they were not making enough progress to warrant their continued efforts.

In both cases, it is all but certain there was never any tangible product created.

Recently a new project entitled DSTunnel has come into being. It is a culmination of a hacker's work in reverse engineering the DS's Wi-Fi hardware. While it has shown promise, and a beta version has shown some success, it still has the requirement of the user having a RAlink RT2500 based Wi-Fi card for it to work.

There is currently an ongoing project aiming to bring the Linux operating system to the Nintendo DS, "DSLinux". As of February 2006, this project has successfully executed a 2.6 kernel, the retawq text-only web browser, simple shell, telnet, SSH, telnetd, some text-based games, touchscreen support, sound (beta) and Wi-Fi support.

Using the built-in microphone and Wi-Fi connection, developers have recently begun to create Voice over IP applications, effectively turning the Nintendo DS into a WiFi phone. Only DS-to-DS calls were possible, and now support for SIP has been implemented in the form of SVSIP. In conjunction with a SIP provider, it allows you to make phone calls to anyone using the DS whenever there is Wi-FI available.

Cyber Famulator Lite is an addon for the Nintendo DS Lite which allows users to play Famicom games, and NES games with a converter.

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