Nintendo Save Website forest of illusions managed to acquire another rare piece of gaming history. He was able to archive a Japanese prototype Nintendo DS X4 firmware extracted from a prototype X4 device.
According to the source, “nearly every aspect of this release differs from the final retail release.” One of the highlights is the loading screen. Instead of the Nintendo DS logo, it looks like a GBA placeholder screen and an audio file of kids yelling “Nintendo” (you can listen below).
The menu is also very different from the final version. Assembly floor Details how the placeholder menu provides DS and GBA boot options, wireless playback, and Nitro settings containing user information (console name, birthday, and color), date and time, language options, touchpad settings, and more.
A member of Cutting Room Floor also notes that “some parts” of this prototype are very similar to an early application of DSi settings:
@trashbandatcoot “It should be noted that some parts of this prototype strongly resemble parts of the early DSi settings application, mainly the layout of the menu settings themselves and the touch calibration menu.”
Through the efforts of Forest of Illusion, some DS enthusiasts have also installed and run the firmware on their devices:
Nintendo previously showed prototypes of the DS at E3, which was known as Nitro at the time. What do you think of this piece of firmware history? And what about the sound effect when loading? Leave a comment below.