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Nintendo DS Browser

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • The Nintendo DS Lite version does not work with the original Nintendo DS system
  • Please NOTE: this item works on both DS and DS Lite browser but will NOT work on the newer DSi and DSi XL

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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000OAO494
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 4, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,153 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

The Nintendo DS Lite Browser was co-developed by Nintendo and Opera and provides web browsing on the Nintendo DS Lite. The Opera browser software is stored on the Nintendo DS Lite cartridge, a memory expansion you can insert into the GBA slot. The browser uses both screens of the Nintendo DS Lite handheld. While the standard screen is displayed on the bottom, an expansion will be provided on the upper screen to provide a better browsing experience. Type your Web address on a keyboard display or using the DS stylus. A parent lock function is provided to disable the access to the internet for children.

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159 of 165 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful But Limited June 11, 2007
By Xam
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Finally i can surf the internet on my DS, something that the Japanese have been able to do for a while. You'll need a wireless hot spot to connect, just as you would with a laptop. There are some downsides such as no video or sound, but if you need information or want to read some news on the web, this browser will be perfect. It has several standard features such as bookmarks and a history of sites you've recently visited. You can disable pictures for faster loading times, search for specific words on a web site, zoom in or out, and more. You can switch between two display modes- one mode simply displays the web page on both the top and bottom screen. The other mode shows a zoomed out overview of the web page on one screen, with the other screen zoomed in to show the text and links. Obviously the touch screen comes in very handy for browsing the web, as it replaces the functionality of the mouse. Overall this is a very useful web browsing program for your ds, even if it's limited. It can be a little slow when viewing pages with lots to load, but you can always turn the pictures off to improve the speed. I have a laptop but hardly take it out with me, and i don't browse the web on my cell phone (which costs money anyway), so this little program will really come in handy for me. I live in NYC where there are lots of internet hot spots, so if i'm out and need to know when a movie is playing or i want to read my email, this is just perfect for that.

Presentation - 8

Good simple presentation, easy to use.

Graphics - 7

Displays pictures very nicely, have to take a couple points off for no video/flash.

Sound - 4

No sound is supported from the web. There are some simple sounds when you click, scroll, etc.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After reading many of the reviews of this device, I was very skeptical about it being usable, but being a big geek I could not resist the idea of checking my gmail and ebay auctions on my DS Lite. So is it nearly as bad as some of the 1 star reviewers say? No. Is it super fast and can you use it for anything that you would on your PC? No. In reality its somewhere in between. I read in another post that it is comparable to 56K dial-up speeds and that is fairly close to the mark, a bit faster in most cases.

It basically comes down to what you want to use it for and your expectations. If you intend to surf alot of media/flash heavy sites (eg. gamespot, etc....), than this is not the device for you. Those types of sites will take forever to load and render. However, if you are like myself and want to check your email, the weather, ebay, google, wikipedia, news type sites, and other sites that have a mobile version, than the DS browser is very handy and very fast. I've never had any issues with logging into my online accounts or with submitting various forms. The convenience of being able to check my email from bed or out on the deck in the backyard is well worth the 40 bucks (cdn). I can basically turn the device on, connect, check my email, and turn it off before my PC is even booted.

I think the number of bad reviews are due to ignorance, don't let them scare you if you are thinking of taking a pass on this thing. Some reviewer on this site complained that he got the wrong version, not sure how that is nintendo's fault when it is cleary marked for the lite version.
Some complain that it doesn't support flash or other plugins, obvious limitations that are well known before the purchase, so why did they bother buying it?
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84 of 99 people found the following review helpful
By W R
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
If so, be prepared to do a bit of tap, tap, tapping of the fingers. I love my DS, and around 5 years ago, this would have been a decent mobile browser. But today even the most minor websites have lots of data and images to load, all of which will bring your surfing experience to a near standstill. I don't think this is the result of too-high expectations, either. After all, the very first page that you'll see when starting the browser lists Nintendo's home page as a suggested link; but that site is almost completely unusable using this platform, something I think is a little embarrassing for Opera and Nintendo.

Bottom line, the only practical use for this is checking e-mail and perhaps a few blogs, and that's really all there is. The next DS should be a bit more powerful and hopefully that'll bring a truly great mobile net surfing experience to the masses. Wait till then.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Browser for Handheld Device June 17, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Given the limitations of the DS platform (slow processor, small screen, little memory), this is an awesome browser. Having used browsers for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, and Sony PSP, this is the only one I've seen that renders complex pages correctly. The New York Times home page is laid out accurately, and, unlike the Windows Mobile version of IE, it can display radar imagery from the US National Weather Service site. Complex pages are best viewed in the layout mode, in which the lower screen shows a large portion of the page with a small rectangle you can move over the page to see magnified content in the upper screen. More text-based pages, such as BoingBoing, are best viewed in the mode in which the page width is compressed to the screen width and the page is spread over the two screens. Recognizing that different sites are best viewed in different modes, the browser lets you specify which mode each of your stored favorites will open in. Yes, the browser is slower than on a laptop because of the platform limitations, but its speed is comparable to other handheld devices while its accuracy, flexibility, and usability are much better. Opera has done a fantastic job of using the DS's strengths to make the browser both useful and usable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Productive
I was very glad to get this. Yeah it may be out dated. But I use it everyday non-stop. Perfect for emails, facebook, and Evernote.
Published 8 months ago by Terrance Peterson
3.0 out of 5 stars jdm
nothing wrong with product just couldn't do any thing with it because of location no free wifi and i got rid of ds for dsi
Published 10 months ago by Jonathan David Mayhew
4.0 out of 5 stars Connected my DS Lite to a WPA secured router (instructions inside)
First I'll provide a brief review of the software itself, and then I'll move on to the title description, which is the reason I purchased the product. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Vella
1.0 out of 5 stars ds browser
Very unsatisfied with this purchase! It did not come with the code to enter to use the browser. So, I was unable to even use this item! Waste of money.
Published 19 months ago by kk
3.0 out of 5 stars Outdated tech
The technology is clumsy to use and outdated. You have much better options now, but touch phones kinda spoiled us for that I suppose.
Published 21 months ago by Tom Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Works for the basics!
If you're expecting magic speeds, design brilliance, and the ability to watch Youtube videos, then you probably shouldn't be looking at this. Read more
Published on August 5, 2011 by Betsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
I recieved this 3 days earlier than i was suppose to get it which is good, the browser goes slow on major sites, but smaller sites work great.
Published on August 1, 2011 by Kyle Snodgrass
5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfect if you know what to expect/how to use it properly
Anyone with any sense should know your not going to be doing any heavy web browsing on the DS Lite , that said this works perfect for mobile version of most web sites ie... Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by Maximus
5.0 out of 5 stars Like New Nintendo DS Browser
I got the order earlier than expected. My daughter have enjoyed it since she took it out of the box. As long as my daughter is happy, then I am happy!
Published on July 11, 2011 by MzIt
3.0 out of 5 stars there are better things than this
a notebook that costs as much as a ds would be better and dsi dsxl and 3ds come with internet maybe crapier since it has less memery
Published on May 19, 2011 by O. Arias
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