Nintendo DS not only prints money, but helps find real world treasure too


The philosophical team of Calvin and his good friend Hobbes once observed that "There's treasure everywhere!" While they were very likely referring to those "treasures" mined with the imagination, ain't no fancy-pants daydreaming gon' get you the booty. For those of us wanting something a little more tangible to grasp in our sweaty, oily, greedy hands, Nintendo offers up a solution (don't they always?) Behold! Treasure Quest: Enoshima - Treasure of the Dragon!

In TQ:E-TotD, you take the role of that Nausicaa-clad guy up there (one assumes), along with his faithful proto-Snoopy looking dog and wander out into the real world looking for treasure. Well, that is if the real world happens to be the tiny island of Enoshima, Japan. 

The free software was developed by Rush Japan, a tourism-though-treasure-hunting company. Once you have it loaded into your DS, you use its Wi-Fi to wander around the island looking for both on-screen and real-world clues to the treasure's location. What treasures will you find? Well, how about the Enoshima shrine? Or the Enoshima tide pools? Or perhaps a local dish called shirasu-don, or as the Indians called it, maize.

I, for one, would love to see something like this in my own home town. Nothing like seeing the real world through a tiny touch screen.


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