Video games are already an easy target for politicians, what with their amazing ability to turn both brains and muscles to jelly while also promoting violence and other sociopathic behaviors. So we can only wonder at the political grandstanding that might accompany this development: The Nintendo DS can now be used to control a Toyota navigation system.

Yes, that's right, if you can pull yourself away from drawing evil kittens on your DS – and you live in Japan – you can pair it via Bluetooth, and use it to input destinations and display a speedometer on the DS, according to Kotaku. The Kuruma de DS game card also gives your handheld gaming device the ability to broadcast its audio through the car's stereo system.

The software is designed to be used by passengers – of course – but we're sure it's only a matter of time before Japan experiences its first I-was-just-using-my-DS-to-program-my-nav crash. Kotaku says the game card is being sold by Toyota dealers for about $92.


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      tbensonny
      • 2 Years Ago
      Orion Vis $ 672.. plus annual subscription, nintendoDS laying around in the basement since the kids moved on to something bigger and better, chip $92
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      markb
      • 2 Years Ago
      is this an attempt at a brought-in solution? there's definitely value with connecting a device to a vehicle for real-time info, but it's hard to believe a gaming device will have any legs.
        gary
        • 2 Years Ago
        @markb
        "it's hard to believe a gaming device will have any legs" Especially one at the end of its product life cycle.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why?
      Al Albert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would Toyota go through all this trouble when we've been installing Orion VIS systems in "yotes" for a while! Orion VIS is designed from scratch to be the nav / onstar like system.. not an original gaming device! Next thing you know, your Toyota will automatically direct you to Mario or Donkey Kong!