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iDeaS Emulator - Nintendo DS

New emulator development found for the NDS. Its called IDeaS which the symbolic of Ideas and DS (obviously). The second best (after DeSmuME) emu progressing so far. Manage to run one of the Metrioid Movie and starting to run some commecial NDS roms. This emulator has a bright future. Download link is on the right side menu ->

Technical documentation
Product name : iDeaS
Supported platforms : Windows 95/98/Me/XP + OpenGL
Author : Lino

Zoo Keeper - some glitchy screens, others playable.
Space Invaders Revolution - some glitchy screens, others playable.
Dig Dug - digging strike some glitchy screens, playable but slow.
Madden NFL 2006 - crashes on main gameplay.

What is really emulated in iDeaS
- arm7 and arm9 processors with the exception of some of the opcodes of arm9.
- A few the arm7 calls to bios are emulated.
- All two the screens are emulated and give all the 3d output and gba output,
naturally with big limitations.
- The touch screen works but only with the adc sets to 12 bits.
- The Real Time Clock is summary emulated.

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Emulation status

- ARM7TDMI : 32-bit ARM CPU support (100%)
16-bit THUMB CPU support (100%)
- ARM946E-S: 32-bit ARM CPU support (90%)
16-bit THUMB CPU support (100%)

- Real sync emulation for HBlanks and VBlanks
- GFX Mode 0
* 16 colors support
* 256 colors support
* BG0/BG1/BG2/BG3 support
* 256x256 up to 512x512 tile maps support
* Default priorities support
* Horizontal/Vertical flipping support
* Horizontal/Vertical offset support
* FadeIn/FadeOut Effect support
* Alpha-blending Effect support
* Rotation/Zoom
* Windows 0/1 support
- OAM support

* Horizontal/Vertical position
* Horizontal/Vertical flip
* 8x8 up to 64x64 sprite size support
* FadeIn/FadeOut Effect support
* Alpha-blending Effect support
* Trasparent OBJ

- 256 colors line-per-line palette support

iDeaS Emulator Version 1.0.06

General Info

Here we are, finally! As a New Year's gift, we have decided to release the version of iDeaS emulator. As you have seen over the past few months, improvements are quite noticeable, at least on the 2D part - 3D stuff really is a comletely different matter... - and a large chunk of games show near-perfect graphics, some of them even being playable, to a certain degree (Tendo Dokuta is an example).

Before you run off somehere to find you-know-what, be warned that we decided NOT to include the new TouchScreen management system, proven to be WAY too instable, but just to fix the previous one adding a few default settings. This means no Polarium yet, sorry folks, but we promise we are looking into the matter, just keep playin' Mario Kart for a while, 'kay?

In short, this release is still strictly for development purposes, as it also features a crude plugin system with matching SDK, albeit maintaining commercial games' compatibility. As for the latter, we'll see next release.

iDeaS, a Nintendo DS emulator created by Lino, is now up to version This release has major improvements in compatibility and can now run a few games with near-perfect graphics. Here's the changelog for more information on what's new. Enjoy :)
  •  Added Video, Audio and 3D Plugin System (VERY primitive, ask before developing anything!)
  • Corrected some DSP ARM9 errors
  • Added swi9 in ARM9 BIOS
  • Corrected some errors in extended palettes' management
  • Corrected an error in sprite drawing routines
  • Corrected some errors in Mode 3, 4, 5
  • Added Texture Modes 3, 4, 5
  • Corrected some errors in 3D FiFo management
  • Optimized texture management
  • Bug Fixes in TouchScreen management
  • Bug fixes in firmware emulation

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Good news for people who lack a passme and gba flash cart. iDeaS works with the latest build of DSLinux (with the keyboard)... Except that the screens seem to be flipped It is workable though, except for the keyboard (which will not respond because it's on the wrong screen).

New in iDeaS emulator version

  • Implemented IPC Synchronise Register
  • Implemented IPC Fifo Control Register
  • Implemented graphic modes 3 e 5
  • Implemented Memory Card Register
  • Added extended palette layers
  • Added extemded palette sprites
  • Fixed some errors in FIFO 3D
  • Fixed some errors in texture loading
  • Fixed some errors in Video Memory remap
  • Fixed some errors in System Control Coprocessor

...and other small things

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EFA Linker 2 Extreme Flash Advance II with GBA, SP and Nintendo DS compatibility in GBA_Mode.
Neo MagicKey2 MK2 from Neo Flash team. New 1Gb 2Gb and 8Gb PassKey with SD.

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