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 (opens in new tab)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 (opens in new tab) test. It seems Nintendo hasn't gone astray from its history of extreme durability (opens in new tab).
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 (opens in new tab) blog via The Escapist (opens in new tab)
Aug 09, 2010
Donkey Kong Country Returns (opens in new tab)
This looks bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Game music of the day: Donkey Kong Country 2 (opens in new tab)
Barrel-busting apes can only be made better with kick-ass music
Animal abominations add biodiversity to games