We’ve seen our fair share of smart hardware mods in our time, but here is a design so perfect that we’re amazed that Nintendo and The Pokémon Company haven’t yet decided to make one of their own.
Instagram user @tomvdcr turned a Pokédex toy into a fully functional Nintendo DS, allowing him to play the system’s impressive library of Pokémon games – and everything in between, too. The Pokédex has had a few different designs over the years, but this one – which can be seen in the video below – is already shaped like a real DS, making it a perfect fit for a mod. like this one.
In order for this to work, tomvdcr removed the electronics inside the toy, replacing it with real components from a Nintendo DS. Some parts of the motherboard had to be cut to make it fit, but the end result keeps everything intact, including the DS’s Game Boy Advance cartridge slot.
“As a kid I always thought the Pokédex looked like a handheld and when we got to the Sinnoh area it was just designed like a Nintendo DS Lite,” @tomvdcr explains. “So [of course] I wanted it, got myself a Pokédex toy and went [to] work with.”
With Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl just around the corner, we can’t think of a better way to relive the originals before their next remakes. Nice work, tomvdcr!