Wal*Mart.com selling DS homebrew gear

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Wal*Mart.com selling DS homebrew gear

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Brian writes –

“Datel’s MAX Media Dock for the Nintendo DS is a nifty little gadget that lets you play homebrew for the DS. From the press release:

“MAX Media Player can play MP3s directly from your flash card, giving you access to music on the move. It can also stream video footage, and access your JPEGs for a convenient photo viewer. Perhaps best of all, it can launch executable programs stored on the flash drive, giving access to a thriving NDS home brew scene.”

Even Wal*Mart and GameStop are getting in on the action…

I don’t think you’ll find these in their retail stores (please post a comment if you do!), and neither site makes mention of the homebrew capability in their online catalog pages. Still, it’s exciting to see homebrew sneaking into the mainstream again”.


  • Comparison of Nintendo DS Passthrough Methods – Link.
  • Activision Anthology Review (a watershed moment in homebrew reaching a broad audience) – Link.
  • Official Max Media Player site (software updates and more information) – Link.


  • DS projects @ MAKE – Link.

22 thoughts on “Wal*Mart.com selling DS homebrew gear

  1. charliex says:

    gamestop say they carry them in stores, if you click the link an tell it your zipcode, my area shows 3 locals having it,.

  2. charliex says:

    gamestop say they carry them in stores, if you click the link and tell it your zipcode, my area shows 3 locals having it,.

  3. 3.14159265358979323846264 says:

    I got one of these at a Best Buy about a month ago, they even had two different versions.

  4. Hellmark says:

    My local Walmart has had it lately. I’ve seen it when passing the DS stuff a few times.

  5. monopole says:

    Got one at Best Buy a while back. I’ve never gotten the USB connection to work under Win2k but the system does work fine directly loading to the CF card. The video player seemed to be a bit dicey, on par with the GBA movie player but not as good as the Play-Yan.

  6. +anion says:

    DO NOT BUY THE MAX MEDIA DOCK. REPEAT DO NOT BUY IT. I bought and I am having problems with it. The drivers for it have not been released to the homebrew community meaning that some games may not work on it. Proprietary drivers and homebrew do not mix well. They even sell it at Fry’s now.

  7. bjepson says:

    Thanks for the warning, +anion. I’ve got mine on order, and I’ll report back on what does/doesn’t work. If you have suggestions for similar passthrough devices, please post them; I’d like to try out some different options (I’ve only used WiFiMe so far).

  8. +anion says:

    Fortunately, I got Doom to work on it. I would suggest you get something that takes sd cards or something like that, so that it is expandable and cheaper.

  9. gerrrtrudicus says:

    Don’t support F*ckmart. Buy it for more money somewhere else before everything becomes a F*ckmart.

    Big corporations pay people millions of dollars to advertise for them. Why are you doing it for free.

  10. naikrovek says:

    Never heard of F*ckmart. Good thing I shop at Wal*Mart whenever possible. $avings!

  11. bjepson says:

    +anion, you’re right: the built-in software for this thing is pretty wretched. Fortunately, the NoPass(?) card that comes with it works fine (so far) with the GBA Movie Player v2. I followed these instructions to update the GBA Movie Player and install MightyMax’s GBA MP Loader.

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