Nintendo DS has been making the news with the DSi, and we’ve reported on a number of new applications for this portable gaming system in the past few years.
I’m not certain if this is the first time we reported on a GPS unit for the DS, but this one from Ranger China is the first that I have ever seen. It looks like all you have to do is plug it in to the GBA cartridge slot, and you got yourself a grand Garmin look-alike!
The Ranger has the latest GPS chipset, and uses Google Maps software. I believe that the plan is to have it work with other devices besides the DS, like a laptop, PDA, or any other Windows CE or Linux devices.
This device is new, and it is so new that I don’t have any price or availability for this product. The fact that Ranger China is making this hopefully does not mean it has an Asian release.
Of course, one would have to ask oneself why have a GPS for the DS? After all, it is a gaming device, and only kids are probably going to use it. Do they need a GPS? Perhaps someone is hard at work at turning the Nintendo DS into an all-in-one device for our young people. However, isn’t that what a cellular phone is doing already?