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Get a good look at the original DS prototype

Posted on December 22, 2016 by (@NE_Brian) in DS, Images

When the DS was initially introduced during E3 2004, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime walked out on stage with hardware that looked different from the final design. The big differences between the initial model and the one at launch are the shoulder buttons.

Now we have a better look at the DS prototype thanks to Evan Amos, who unearthed a few photos from Nintendo’s FCC filing. We’ve rounded them up below. Since this was only a filing, it doesn’t look quite as “nice” as the model shown at E3 all those years ago.

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  • Abra

    too late hype is gone….

    • Roto Prime


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  • Roto Prime

    Man, what I would be willing to do this get one of those DS <3 Custom color inner face plate and that bizarre L and R button. A true collectors dream <3

  • Exy

    It looks like one of those knockoffs you see in drugstores.

    Can’t wait to see how the retail Switch will differ from the units we’ve seen so far.

  • Tlink7

    Thank Christ it didn’t look like this lol

  • R.Z.

    And people were saying the regular DS was ugly and clunky … good they never got to see this !

  • ShadowDragoon

    Hmm… i kind of like it more than the final design.

  • Vadim Dzhantyurin

    what a monstrosity…