Hardware Monthly : IS-Nitro-Emulator

A new month, a new Hardware Monthly! This month is one of my newest acquisitions, an IS-Nitro-Emulator. This unit was made by Intelligent Systems for the development of Nintendo DS games. For those who don’t know, Nitro was a codename for the Nintendo DS. This unit can be used to aid the development of games, as it provides full debugging functionality when it is hooked up to a Windows PC. A developer could stream an in-development game to the unit, see where the game crashes, poke and prod in the memory registers, and hopefully end up with a game that is better than it would have been otherwise.

IS-Nitro-Emulators had a few options available when ordered, one of which is seen here. This option is the USG option,which I believe is the use of a DS Lite as a controller, and not an older, ‘phat’ DS. A prototype unit was available to some developers, which had the early DS shown during its e3 reveal. The next option not installed is the Wireless option. Instead, this unit offers the standard wired Ethernet connection to ’emulate’ wireless connectivity. Lastly, a video-out option was available, which sadly isn’t installed. This seemed to be a very rarely used option,  with very few actually using this. I would guess that this is due to the availability of the IS-Nitro-Capture, which was designed for that purpose.


Take a look at the pictures. A video should be up in the coming week or two of it actually working.