Over Christmas break, I decided to splurge and buy myself a Christmas present. I wanted a DS homebrew card that would serve all the basic functions and then some. My search ended when I found the DS-Xtreme. It is a nice piece of engineering that allows one to create/build homebrew applications for the DS and run them on the actual system (rather than an emulator).

As you can see in the following picture, the DS-X fits perfectly in the DS card slot. There is no need for a GBA cartridge or anything like that. The DS-X has a built-in USB 2.0 port, and the setup comes with a USB cord. So really all you need to do is plug it in to your computer and drop files on as if it was a USB flash drive. It’s very easy.

I’ve always been interested in programming and the like, especially for handheld systems like the GBA and now the DS. The DS-Xtreme offers the most features of any of these cards and the most compatibility. The card fully supports the Nintendo Wifi Connection and other multimedia formats and functions. I can listen to music through the DS-Xtreme without having to convert my audio files to some weird format for the DS to recognize it. It also features an upgradeable operating system and customizable themes. The interface is very easy to navigate and takes no time at all to get setup.

The DS-Xtreme offers a great deal of value right out of the box and is a great buy for anyone looking into some amateur development on the side. Since the DS-X works in almost every way with the DS/DS Lite, there is no reason not to pick this baby up (that is, if you can find an online store with them in stock).

DS-X Website