iDeaS DS Emulator
The pocket-sized Nintendo DS is an amazing gadget. One can play games, take pictures, browse the Internet and many other things on it. Speaking of games, the Nintendo DS' library of titles has the best, the most fun, engaging and impressive. Well-known classic games like Super Mario, Pokemon and Legend of Zelda are continued to the DS; plus the hand-held also boasts of very innovative touchscreen games such as Cooking Mama and Nintendogs. As a whole, the Nintendo DS gave gamers a very unique gaming experience. It became more fun and more suited for everyone. If a DS fan couldn't care less of other Nintendo DS features, and wants only the games, then why not bring the gaming console to PC? For such, there's the Nintendo DS emulators.
The concept of emulating a gaming console on another platform is not new. There are already quite a number of emulators; programs that emulate Nintendo's Nintendo 64, Game Boy and GameBoy Advance (GBA) and Sony's PlayStation and PlayStation 2. The very first (but unsuccessful) Nintendo DS emulator, NDSemu, was released in late 2004. Subsequent developments for DS emulation was then undertaken, and there are now a number of Nintendo DS emulators available on the Internet. Though most of them are still not perfect and in need of development, the future of DS emulation is bright. iDeaS is one of these promising DS emulators.
iDeaS is plugin-based emulator for Microsoft Windows and Linux. Using the GTK+ toolkit, It can emulate both the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS consoles. It uses the ARM7 GBA processor and the ARM9 dual screen processor, and does it excellently; this means a number of DS ROMs can be played on the iDeaS. This Nintendo DS emulator uses the keyboard for DS buttons and the mouse cursor for the touchscreen. iDeaS is plug-in based, meaning further developments and support can be done without changing the emulator's source code. The latest release is version 188.8.131.52.
As for video and audio emulation, they are okay on most commercial DS games but obviously need further improvement; like most Nintendo DS emulators as of the moment. iDeaS comes with a built-in debugger, which is mainly for programmers and developers. On the other hand, iDeaS is one of if not the only one that emulates the WiFi connection of the Nintendo DS; but it is buggy and it only enables the player to unlock WiFi-only features of some DS games.
As for compatibility, the iDeaS can still only play a handful of DS ROM games. Though well-known titles like the Pokemon Diamond are supported, there remains of a lot of them that can't be played; if they can, the common emulator problem of video, audio and speed glitches are always there. These includes choppy motions, garbled or no sound, slow speed and freezing. iDeaS and other Nintendo DS emulators have not yet emulated the unique DS gaming experience (which is probably reason why developers are still upbeat on emulating it). But who knows, maybe in the near future a Nintendo DS fan won't have to buy the real one anymore.