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

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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.


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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 

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31 comments

  • 510BrotherPanda - August 10, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    That's the best animal photo op ever. To bad I wasn't at the zoo to see it. Was it recent? Did he get it repaired from the scratches?
  • Felixthecat - August 10, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    That first picture made me lol.
  • lovinmyps3 - August 10, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    "Friend code", haha. I wish they had taken more video though.
  • BlankBrush - August 10, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    it wouldve been ten times funnier if the boy got his game back and the ape won it for him. Still funny, though.
  • Tronto13 - August 10, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    epic photos! Next time at the zoo i'm throwing my psp at an orangutan :)
  • yoyoguy - August 10, 2010 1:16 a.m.

    that may be my favorite thing ive seen all year
  • Cwf2008 - August 10, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    Haha well i would've laughed if it did figure out the friend code system
  • screwball08247 - August 10, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    That's kind of hilarious.
  • shyfonzie - August 10, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    Clever article. I bet he's pretty hyped for DKC Returns.
  • Valntyne - August 10, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    Awesome.
  • HawtKakez - August 10, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    I think we found the missing link in human evolution.
  • Robusken - August 10, 2010 2:45 a.m.

    What kinda kid goes to the zoo and ignores all the animals!?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ultimadrago - August 10, 2010 3:30 a.m.

    Bah. Public Relations scheme! Ya-Ha!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • nikrusty - August 10, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    LOL...LOVE IT! :)
  • LarzimusPrime - August 10, 2010 8:26 a.m.

    Lmao, Wish I was there...
  • CurryIsGood - August 10, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    poor kid

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