Nintendo DS Becomes Spy Gadget in Movie

Posted on July 10, 2006

Alex Pettyfer as Alex Rider with Nintendo DS in Stormbreaker

In the October film Stormbreaker (The Weinstein Company) a teenage spy named Alex Rider (played by Alex Pettyfer) turns his Hot Rod Red Nintendo DS into a spy gadet. In the film Rider converts his Nintendo DS into several devices including an eavesdropping device, a wiretap detector and a smoke bomb. A press release explains how the device was written into the film.

Peter Samuelson, who produced the film his brother, says in a release, "Along with writer Anthony Horowitz, we asked ourselves how the Secret Service would get secret tools into the hands of a 14-year-old spy. Nintendo DS is the perfect fit: Alex's spyware hides in plain sight. Audiences will be thrilled to see how it helps Alex get out of a host of heart-pounding predicaments."

But here's the bad news for Nintendo DS owners eager to convert their DS into a hip spy gagdet.

George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications, says, "And while the Nintendo DS is one of the most versatile gaming systems available, we unfortunately have no plans to make any DS spy-related functions available to the general public."

No plans? Bummer. Nintendo DS MacGyvers will have to figure it out on their own.

Stormbreaker movie poster

Photos: The Weinstein Company