Could This Be the World's Largest Nintendo DS?

BigRig used his weird McTable to construct what might be the world's largest Nintendo DS.

Cameron Coward
24 days agoGaming / 3D Printing

If you've been to a McDonald's in recent years, you've probably seen their self-service kiosks that let you place your order without speaking to another human being. Those have huge touchscreens that you tap to select your preferred form of synthesized grease. It seems that McDonald's even built a special version for a trade show, but that is a different story. In this story, BigRig got his hands on that weird McTable and used it to build an arcade table. In his newest video, BigRig repurposed that to construct what might be the world's largest Nintendo DS.

BigRig's inspiration was the Huge Nintendo DS novelty meme Twitter account. Almost all of the pictures posted by that account are either photoshopped or weird jokes, but BigRig still viewed them as some sort of challenge. He decided to use that ridiculous McTable to construct his own huge Nintendo DS — a real one that actually works. But the DS famously had two screens and McTable only had one, so BigRig used an appropriately sized TV as the upper screen, which doesn't need touch sensitivity.

Most of BigRig's work on this project went into constructing the controls. Those consist of a d-pad, four action buttons, two shoulder buttons, a start button, and a select button. Those are in addition to the touchscreen, of course (for which there is an oversized stylus). Big Rig made the controls using a combination of 3D-printed parts and massive arcade buttons that he found online. The underlying mechanisms for some of the controls, like the shoulder buttons, are questionable, but they do work.

To run games, BigRig needed a Nintendo DS emulator. But the old PC used in the McTable wasn't powerful enough for the job. So BigRig cobbled together "Frank," which is a computer built from discarded gaming components. The result is something actually functional, as proven by BigRig and his friends playing the iconic training game that McDonald's Japan made for the Nintendo DS.

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