Boy drops DS in gorilla cage, inadvertently creates the best photo op ever

Nintendo launched the DSi XL with the purpose of attracting elderly consumers with bad vision, gamers who sought a portable reading device, and people who wanted to play with the handheld in social settings. But there's a new market segment that also seems interested - gorillas.

So this little boy was just walking around the San Francisco zoo, doing what every boy who is dragged to the zoo tends to do - play video games - when he accidentally dropped his DSi XL into the gorilla habitat. And wouldn't you know it, a professional photographer happened to be right there.

Above: Parents take note: THIS is how to keep your kid from playing the wrong kind of games.

Still photos and video capture a large gorilla that found the DSi, picked it up and started trying to figure out how the darn thing worked. At one point a smaller gorilla came up to take a look, just like the jealous kids on the elementary school playground.

After reportedly being unable to figure out the confusing friend code system, the gorilla knocked it around and eventually lost interest.

The boy got his system back when a trainer lured the gorilla with an apple and was able to snatch the device out of the gorilla's hands. It then grabbed a princess and jumped up a tower of ladders and construction beams before throwing down barrels of oil.

Although the DSi was pretty beaten up, the rigorous inspection didn't stop it from working. It turned right back on and the boy was able to continue his game, which unfortunately was most likely not this one. So congratulations, DSi XL, you have officially passed the American Tourister test. It seems Nintendo hasn't gone astray from its history of extreme durability.

Above: This gorilla reminds me of my older brother, except he's not grabbing the little gorilla's other hand, mashing it into his face and asking "Why are you hitting yourself?" over and over.

On a related note, we hear that Sony is already planning on taking a trip to the San Diego zoo to conduct a PSP focus group in the monkey cage.

Source: Spicuzza Photo Today blog via The Escapist 

Aug 09, 2010

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  • zeddysz - September 18, 2010 6:17 a.m.

    I just signed up so I can leave this message D: The elder one looks at the ds and donkeykong is in the background playing. He's like, "yoooo that's my cousin lerooon (Jake and Amir), what's he doing" and then the pic with the kid trying to snatch the ds the dude's like, nahhhh b"
  • Magikarpmaster1 - September 19, 2010 6:21 a.m.

    Even Nintendo delves into the world of animal testing. What kind of cruel world do we live in???
  • GamesRadarShanePatterson - September 18, 2010 6:33 a.m.

    hahahahahahahahah - that is the best thing i've ever seen. wish i still worked there.
  • GameManiac - September 3, 2010 4:08 a.m.

    I've heard this on ABC 7 News. Interesting how the gorilla knew how to hold it properly. What the hell are DSs made of?
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - August 19, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    Put Brain Training into that DSi XL and try again... THEN we have super-smart gorillas, after a few months. Side note: Does anyone else think the Nintendo handheld is starting to resmeble a liscence plate?
  • Evilsafetyboy - August 11, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    Wow, they really are just like us, huh? Nice lead into Donkey Kong there, Mark!
  • Spybreak8 - August 11, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    opposable thumbs meant for gaming ^^
  • straight2video - August 11, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    That is just amazing.
  • CandiedJester - August 10, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    Hahahha, the last one is awesome.
  • PipGirl - August 10, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    Epic photo op. Well done to the photographer.
  • Gable - August 10, 2010 12:25 p.m.

    That kid is really dead inside.
  • CurryIsGood - August 10, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    poor kid
  • LarzimusPrime - August 10, 2010 8:26 a.m.

    Lmao, Wish I was there...
  • nikrusty - August 10, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    LOL...LOVE IT! :)
  • VaneTrago - August 10, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    "Mooooooooooooooommmmm, you're doing it wrong! You're going to break it? Can I play? When's it gonna be my turn?" The cry of children of gamers of all genuses.
  • WillisTron - August 10, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    Games are already being compromised by trying to appeal to the casual crowd - I don't need a wave of bannanna themed games to stir the pot even more...
  • Ultimadrago - August 10, 2010 3:30 a.m.

    Bah. Public Relations scheme! Ya-Ha!
  • Doctalen - August 10, 2010 3:19 a.m.

    I was just at the DC national zoo on Saturday, couldn't find the Ostriches guess I should have thrown my sister's DSi into a random pen or something.
  • Not Snake - August 10, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    Ah, hell. Keep these pics away from developers before they discover the hardcore gorilla demographic. I don't know if the industry can handle 20 games a year based on collecting bananas.
  • Robusken - August 10, 2010 2:45 a.m.

    What kinda kid goes to the zoo and ignores all the animals!?

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