It’s not quite a hidden Mickey, but it’s still a fun example of engineers hiding fun things in their designs. I bought a cobalt/black Nintendo DS Lite the other day and took it apart (in the name of science of course). The first thing I noticed was that the contacts for the D-Pad now looked like peace symbols instead of their usual split-circle design.

Peace to gamers!


The new board has “C/USG-CPU-10” screened on it, where the old one had “C/USG-CPU-01”.

DS Lite old and new boards


I’m sure there’s some very sound technical reason for the change (more separate contact areas or something) but it’s still good to see the folks at the big “N” having fun with their stuff. Now I guess I need to look at the new board even closer to see if there are any more fun surprises.

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