A pair of Nintendo commercials illustrates
just how useful their new "traveler's
notebook" translation software
is when it comes to communicating to the people of a strange and foreign
country. After a few taps on the touch screen, the DS displays a translated version of whatever message the young lady
is trying to convey and is promptly shoved into the face of some hapless local. If that doesn't work, it can also read
the sentence to you in a non-threatening electronic voice.
Allowing one to haggle a hat-seller or carefully
avoid ordering food that might explode halfway down your throat are just more examples of how the DS is spreading its
tendrils into the realms of non-gaming.