Nintendo DS easily holds the record for the world's largest selling handheld console (and second largest selling gaming console, behind PS2) with over a whopping 150 million units being sold globally. However, this time its functionality has been preferred over its commercial value. The world's largest automaker Toyota has released their latest Smart Navi car navigational system, which incorporates Nintendo DS as an accessory component for core navigation purposes.
Christened as the Kuruma de DS, this system acts as a sort of info interface strictly for the passengers (not the drivers). This means that passengers can utilize the Nintendo DS for inputting and saving destinations, while the device in turn blurts out map and even sightseeing information.
Moreover, the functionality doesn't end with just virtual navigation. The system is also Bluetooth enabled, which allows it to function as a remote control device on pairing up with the car. And, since we mentioned something about the interface, it is touted to be user friendly, replete with Nintendo Mii characters, simple quizzes and a special DS sound emanation mechanism.
Finally, coming to the pricing scheme of things, the higher end Smart Navi system from Toyota comes with a tag of around ¥206,850 (US$2,586). The Kuruma de DS has to be purchased separately for ¥7,329 ($92). But, more importantly, one also has to have a Nintendo DS (or has to buy a new one) for the ‘fun’ navigational scope to work.