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DScovered - WIP (was DS cover flow)

Over the past few days, I have started work on Coverflow DS (name may change later). Basically, much like DSision and DSision2, I am trying to make loading files on the DS look better. This idea, as you can tell, is based on the iPod/iPhone/iTunes coverflow menu system.

This one comes with a nice little app, to make transferring cover images to the ds easier, by correctly formatting the images for you.

Currently working are -
Coverflow part working fine (scrolling/animating etc.)
Loading of homebrew.
App for setting up the covers.

Yes, I know the icon on the lower screen doesn't match the upper screen, the lower screen only a mockup, the top screen however, is a genuin screengrab.

Thanks to anyone who has helped so far.

What do you think? should I keep working on it?

I might have finished...

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With things fixed such as dshc support and booting stuff through an external loader, it should now be future proof and updatable.

Latest Comments

Posted : Saturday, 28 November 2009, 14:12

You should change the name.
When I saw the blogpost I thought it said 'Cowerflow' and wondered if Cower had started working on a DS game.

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Posted : Tuesday, 15 December 2009, 14:12


The cover importer works a bit better, no longer do I need to put up with the default ordered dither to websafe palette. Now it saves 8bit bmp with averaged palette! I should probably throw some error diffusion in there too, just to make it look a little nicer.

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Posted : Sunday, 10 January 2010, 03:56

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Posted : Sunday, 10 January 2010, 06:22

This looks like a nice small professionally made app, not yet another homebrew one. I'm really impressed.

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Posted : Sunday, 10 January 2010, 06:59

Yeay! Great vid, and a nice neat little menu up top, too.

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Posted : Sunday, 17 January 2010, 05:00

OK guys, here is the first alpha release. Don't expect moonshell2 or anything, most of the features don't work yet, all you have is loading, no favourites, no settings, no information etc.

Here it the .nds, just extract everything to the root of your card.
DScovered (Nds app)

You will also need to use the windows app to set up the covers, there are thousands of commercial covers in here, plus a handful of homebrew ones.
DScovery (windows app)

As I said, this is just alpha, don't expect windows7 or anything

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Posted : Thursday, 21 January 2010, 14:51

Spinal! Great job! Although you dont know me, i've looked at DSision 2 and DiagnoseS and loved them. Do you think you could make DScovered browes through folders too so that we could put games somewhere other that the root. Otherwise great work! I love it.

Posted : Thursday, 04 March 2010, 20:01
Smokin House

Hey Spinal.

Love the work mate.

Could I ask if you are able to set it up so that when u hit the games button on the main menu it goes to DSCovered. It would be so much easier for my boy to load games like this.

At the mo he has to goto a games folder.

I set my wii up with wiiflow and he loves it

Hope to hear back soon

Posted : Thursday, 04 March 2010, 23:50

You didn't mention which card you use, but as you mention the 'games button' I will assume it's an R4. If it is real R4 (as opposed to a clone of a different card) then you can try replacing your firmware with this. Remember to make a backup of your current firmware first though.
It will jump straight into DScovered when you card boots up.

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Posted : Friday, 05 March 2010, 09:46
Smokin House

Sorry I forgot to put that in my post spinal. Yes i'm using an R4. It is definatly genuine. I am also using firmware 1.27 and moonshell 2.

You say it will boot up as soon as the DS boots but I also want to watch the films and read the books I have from the multimedia button on the menu, hence why I asked if you can load DSCovered from the game button rathr than a straight boot up?

Posted : Friday, 05 March 2010, 15:15

As far as I know, you cant change the function of the game button.
You should be able to load the multimedia app from DScovered though. Just tick _DS_MSHL.nds in the list when setting up DScovered through DScovery.exe

You can download a guide for setting up DScovered from here It has links to the latest downloads too.

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Posted : Monday, 15 March 2010, 00:56

Is Dscovered finally finished?...

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Posted : Monday, 15 March 2010, 14:42

Is there a site for this? If not then you should make one.

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Posted : Monday, 15 March 2010, 16:06

There is one one its way... eventually.

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Posted : Monday, 15 March 2010, 16:14

Looking great! I'll expect a surge of visitors in tomorrow's Analytics

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Posted : Wednesday, 17 March 2010, 00:44

hi i intalled this on my sisters r4ds.
but when she loads games it just goues to ys menu

Posted : Wednesday, 17 March 2010, 00:47

Try putting ysmenu.ini in the root of your card and not in the ttds/ysmenu folder.

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Posted : Thursday, 18 March 2010, 00:31

i tried both
but i just uninstalled this and just installed the orginal r4 menu and a hello kitty theme

Posted : Wednesday, 24 March 2010, 05:06


I have an original R4 and I:YSMenu 09/03/27 00:00 + DSTT Unofficial Firmware 1.17a12 rev04
Infolib + Extlib + Savelib 13/03/10 11:02
but I am unable to start games, I tried various versions, the last of dscovered, but nothing makes me start the game, the fine graphics, but when I click on the cover have a white screen.
Please, help me

Posted : Friday, 13 May 2011, 08:59

I had a idea how about a info screen on the top screen but you don't have to have it up you can switch between the launch game screen and info screen...what you think..??

Good idea..

Posted : Friday, 13 May 2011, 12:35

I am going to make a site for this...

Posted : Sunday, 15 May 2011, 08:10


What do think of the site,i think i DScovered

I made this for you for all the hard work you have put in to the NDS comunity and sharing the stuff you make for it..

Posted : Sunday, 15 May 2011, 09:58

I made a request in the shout box... Please make this the UNofficial site, just because my website is currently down, does not make it OK for others to claim to be the official site for any of my work.

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Posted : Sunday, 22 May 2011, 06:22

Could you share the code that gets the acekard2i to boot a game or is it on socode somewhere..?

Posted : Monday, 23 May 2011, 08:13

I don't think it works on acekard anymore, but it's simple enough, have a look through some of the akaio ini files, some of them set which game to load on startup, just add some code to change which game it is.

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