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Nintendo DS Browser

Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Everyone
3.1 out of 5 stars 103 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 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.

Product Details

  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • 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 (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,070 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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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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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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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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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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