First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer

I got my hands on the DS-Xtreme media enhancer for the Nintendo DS and DS Lite that we first told you about back in August. This "enhancer" also has the ability to play game backups and other media files on the DS. This card has 512MB of internal memory that can store homebrew application, game backups and audio files. This is the first DS mod that is truly painless—it is entirely plug and play compatible. The cartridge has a miniature USB port that plugs into a PC, the PC recognizes it as a flash drive and simply drag and drop the media onto the DS-Xtreme.

Get more first impressions along with a big, beautiful photo shoot after the jump.

I have installed all kinds of "media enhancers" on a variety of consoles, and this is truly the easiest I have ever done. Right when that big, beautiful Fedex man dropped this off at my door, I was playing game backups within 10 minutes.

It supports .NDS files for game backups, and MP3 files for the audio player. There is no kind of file structure, just drag and drop the files into the root of the removable flash store cartridge and you are ready to go.

Performance wise, the games run smoothly, the music plays back smoothly, but menu navigation is a tad sluggish, especially when going to the audio player.

The cartridge itself is very small; it sits flush in the DS, but it seems to be a bit fragile. It would probably be a good idea to not yank the USB cable out of the cartridge violently.

The DS-Xtreme has lived up to the hype it has been receiving over the past few months. It plays game backups and audio files perfectly, and I can't wait to begin experimenting with other homebrew applications that the DS-Xtreme supports. The DS-Xtreme will be available within the next week or two for approximately $125.

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First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer

First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer

First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer

First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer

First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer

First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer

First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer