The Extremely Rare McDonald’s DSi Reappears Online

by in Technology | Nov, 17th 2021

When it comes to consoles, there’s not much use for them outside of gaming. Many times consoles have been attempted to be used in a setting for more productive uses. One old example is the Work Boy, a keyboard for the original Game Boy console which was used for various applications. However, this keyboard never made it to store shelves, but the idea of using a handheld device for productivity applications still sat in the mind of business executives.

In 2010, another chance to make this amalgamation of productivity and gaming would come about, as Nintendo had manufactured multiple Nintendo DSi consoles to send to one massive company: McDonald’s. McDonald’s isn’t just an American fast-food chain, it’s now a worldwide name that can be found in many places around the world. One of the places that McDonald’s is very popular in is Japan, to the point of making an entire animated commercial to get people to work there. To say McDonald’s isn’t popular is an outright fabrication. In the 2010s Nintendo had sent out DSi consoles with special software for the purpose of training employees. These black Nintendo DSi’s emblazoned with a Glossy version of the golden arches are a highly sought-after collector’s item, being that only five are known to exist. The original deal between Nintendo and McDonald’s was that once the DSi’s had fulfilled their purpose, they were to be sent back to Nintendo. However, some of them, as well as their programs, have slipped through the cracks.

The McDonald’s DS Reappears Online

This is where the Twitter user @XX_750000 comes in. XX had managed to get their hands on a newer version of the McDonalds DSi. While the existence of the DS has been pretty well documented, there are still some programs that haven’t been found yet. The program that XX got their hands on, eSmart 2.0, is one of those programs. According to XX the program is used for training employees, and getting into the software isn’t difficult, as the program can run without the need for an employee ID or a store number.

Inside of the program, it teaches the user how to make items from the McDonalds menu, and based on the performance of the user, it’ll place them on a scoreboard that the managers can see. TDSi that XX has came with two copies of the documented eDCP program, as well as a complete copy of the eSmart 2.0 program, which they’ve provided some images of, as well as a full look at the manual for the software.

Being that eSmart 2.0 is a newer version of the program, it includes more information than the original software, making it another piece of the history for the console.

They also mentioned in Twitter threads that picking up the console didn’t come at a cheap cost. Apparently, the purchase of the software, as well as the DSi, cost XX 250,000 Yen, which is about 2,189.79 US Dollars. That’s an extremely hefty price for a DSi whose only defining feature is a McDonald’s M on the front of the console. However, for gaming collectors and historians, no cost is too great for documenting and preserving gaming history. With developers and companies treating games with the same tenacity as someone treats a candy wrapper, it’s up to the player to make sure that the history of the medium is taken care of, even if it’s something as innocuous as a DS built for training McDonald’s employees.


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