Nintendo DS |OT| Everyone Buys a DSi XL

Usually with membrane d-pads/buttons if you just take the system/controller apart and clean the contact pads really well you can fix the spotty registering of input.

The DSi XL screen is sooooo good…


“Everyone buys a DSi XL”

Myself included.

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I bought 2!

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Thanks for the advice! I’ll look into doing that.

So with the advent of the new “DNS change” method of getting back online through Wiimmfi the challenge then became “How the heck do I get my modern router to talk to my old but gold handheld?”

My router is an Asus N56U_B1 and it runs a MediaTek chipset. Some extensive googling later and I have set up a separate hidden access point with just the right settings for success on a DS. I’ll leave it here just because.

If anybody needs any help doing anything similar for their router, just shout.

# custom AP for Nintendo DS compatibility
load WLAN SoftAP driver

# NDS specific
iwpriv ra0 set HT_BW=0  # 20MHz channel bandwidth
iwpriv ra0 set HtBw=0  # 20MHz channel bandwidth
iwpriv ra0 set WirelessMode=9  # b/g/n mode

# WEP specific
iwpriv ra0 set AuthMode=SHARED  # shared key
iwpriv ra0 set EncrypType=WEP  # WEP security
iwpriv ra0 set Channel=0  # 2.4GHz mode
iwpriv ra0 set IEEE8021X=0  # needs to be off in this instance
iwpriv ra0 set DefaultKeyID=1  # default key is number 1
iwpriv ra0 set Key1=2004AD2013  # hex for key number 1
iwpriv ra0 set SSID=DS  # our choice of SSID
iwpriv ra0 set HideSSID=1  # hide from prying eyes
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Nice work.

I always thought it was a huge inconvenience to change my wifi settings to a weaker encryption, just to use the DS.

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I’ve been playing through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem on my DSi XL and I just have to say this is probably my favorite Nintendo handheld. It’s just right in size. It’s not too big and not too small and the screens are so bright and vibrant with excellent viewing angles. I absolutely adore it! Thank you for this thread and all that was written about these machines up above. It’s really been a revelation.


I found an OG DS thumb strap in a drawer this week. I had totally forgotten that was even a thing.



In addition to providing a handy way to carry your Nintendo DS, the wrist strap has a special “thumb stylus” that can be used instead of the pen stylus.

What to Do:

  1. Thread the thin loop of string through the wrist strap attachment post on the back of the Nintendo DS.

  1. After the loop is fully threaded, open it and pass the strap handle through the loop.

  1. Pull the remainder of the strap handle upwards to secure the wrist strap to the unit.

  1. Place your thumb through the end of the wrist strap so that the thumb stylus is under your thumb, and move the slider to lightly tighten the wrist strap.

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Yep… it’s just like using an analogue stick for Mario 64…

said no one ever


This is once again playable online, and that caused me to look into the other DSiWare I bought back in the day.

And… be still my beating heart!

A little bit of… Touch Golf (aka True Swing Golf Express) jumps straight into my list of favourite games: Golf and a Challenge mode alongside the main game!

I unlocked the credits the other night, and will give it a few more hours to see if I can get 100%. I’d say it’s actually better than the retail game due to the refined interface and controls, and overall tighter focus. Pure gold.


Bah, another DSiWare game I regret not picking up last year before the store’s closure! It’s interesting how the translations of retail DS games ended up including numerous improvements over the original games despite missing some content.

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My DSi XL seems to have an unstable cartridge slot. It just corrupted my save game on my True Swing Golf cartridge.

I have the same issue. Whenever I was travelling with my DSi XL I would notice the system would shut off while it was in my pocket about fifty percent of the time. originally I thought a ribbon cable had become loose but it’s definitely the game card slot - moving the game card in a little will ‘turn off’ the system.

I’ve spent the evening “going digital” and ripping the games I’m currently playing.

But I’d really like to solve the physical slot issue.

If you have a CFW 3DS and a CFW DSi, then you can buy on 3DS and transfer manually to DSi. Long live DSiWare! Not sure about which DSiWare games are still available on 3DS. (also I just added this to the DIY ripping thread)

Thanks for this. Alas I don’t have either yet, though I do have a spare DSi XL and a spare 3DS (lent to a friend though) that I can get homebrew on.

There are some cool Japan-only DSiWare games which I picked up for my Japanese 3DS - games which were originally boxed releases but put on DSiWare because they were hard to buy in modern games.

One of them is Koropata (Coropata on the box), iirc.

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I may have gone overboard in the last two gens.

I managed to not grab any 2DS systems and I think I deserve some credit for that. :yum:

I will take a photo at some point but between me and my wife we’re at:
two DS lites
two DSi XL
one regular 3DS
three 3DS XLs
two new 3DS XLs
one 2DS