Have you ever wanted to play 3DS games on a big screen with blown-up resolution, no 3D, and no portability? Maybe not? Well, Twitter user @SWIMMIN has made it happen anyway, with a rejiggered homebrew dev/capture kit that outputs the console to two monitors.
Now that I got retail games working, this is officially “The Ultimate 3DS” pic.twitter.com/rR5gi6qcPG
— Swimmin (@SWIMMlN) January 7, 2022
The games actually look pretty nice on the big screen, magnifying the image by 300% to fit the 720p output without actually using filters or any special hardware to “improve” the resolution. SWIMMIN tried to output the 3D screen to an actual 3D TV, but couldn’t quite get it to work properly. He details the particulars in another tweet, where he’s also blunt about how “Yes, this is stupid”:
To answer your questions:
– Box is a PARTNER-CTR Capture/Debugger dev kit
– Outputs 720p to two separate DVI Ports
– It can't play retail 3DS carts, but it *can* play retail DS carts
– It can load dumps of retail games if you homebrew it
– Yes, this is stupid
— Swimmin (@SWIMMlN) January 8, 2022
It may not be the way any of us imagine playing the 3DS, but I can’t deny the thought of playing a game like Fire Emblem: Awakening or Ever Oasis this way is enticing. We’ll see if any application of this sort ever becomes retail or otherwise available to the masses.
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