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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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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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Nintendo memory expansion pak expirience:
inatially i wanted the ds lite version memory expansion pak but got the ds original memory pak(fits a little big on my ds lite but it works perfectly nintendo ds browser works porfectly with my nintendo ds lite)
Experience with the nintendo ds browser:
The web pages runs slower but you cant expect much from the ds original or ds lite it also doesnt sport flash player but its not that important, however for reading web pages and seeing pictures is pretty decent and plus pages and pictures shows up very colorful.
Thank nintendo and opera for releasing web browsing for our nintendo ds
This product was released over 5 years ago, before internet-ready smartphones and tablets became widespread. Naturally, the Nintendo DS Browser is unlikely to provide a better browsing experience than those newer devices. That said, I spent a few minutes with the Nintendo DS Browser and was somewhat impressed. It was easy to set up a connection, and loading times were not unbearably slow. The user interface was pretty well thought out and the browser is easy to use. Ultimately, though, I would not recommend using this product in 2013 except as a novelty or a last resort. There are better options out there.
Now on to the reason I needed this software in the first place. As you may know, the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite systems are only compatible with Wireless B/G networks with WEP security. This is unfortunate because WEP security is pretty much worthless these days. I have a Linksys X2000 Wireless-N Router with ADSL2+ Modem configured with WPA security. Using the Nintendo DS Browser, I was able to connect to the internet while playing Pokemon Black on my DS Lite. The basic idea is to create a guest network in order to bypass the WPA security. This procedure might not work for every router, but here's what I did:
1. From a computer, access the router's settings. In the Wireless Settings, change the network mode to Wireless-B/G Only. (Wireless N is faster, but this is a sacrifice I had to make.)
2. In the router's settings, enable guest access. Typically you can choose the Guest Network Name, which is the name that shows up when devices search for networks. You should also set up a guest password to prevent unauthorized access.
3. Insert the Nintendo DS Browser cartridges and load the software. When prompted, set up the wireless connection. (Follow the usual procedure: go to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Settings, choose a connection to configure, and then Search for an Access Point.) Select the guest network that you created in step 2. The test connection might fail, but don't worry.
4. After completing setup, attempt to load any website using the Nintendo DS Browser. You should be redirected to a page asking for the guest password. Type it in, and voila! You're connected. The browser should work as normal now.
5. UPDATE (6/23/2013): It appears that the DS "forgets" the guest password after a day or two, so you may have to repeat step 4 if the internet stops working. This can get somewhat annoying.
Now you should be able to use the internet features of any Nintendo DS game. I tested it with Pokemon Black (a relatively new game with more advanced wireless capabilities than older titles), but I suspect any DS game should work. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I'll try to help you out.
In summary, this is an outdated product, but it can be used to overcome an annoying limitation of the Nintendo DS Lite hardware.
Just go to the mobile version of the websites. I could check my google, hotmail, ebay, wikipedia, and other simple sites easily. I could not check my facebook or other sites that use a lot of flash and java. I mean, I could, but it takes a few minutes to load.
I like how it uses both screens, and two different modes. One mode to zoom in and use both screens as one elongated screen, or zoom out and see the whole site. Again, I recommend that you use the mobile websites so you can use the zoomed in version. You can't read much when you zoom out. But the clicking of the penstick still works! There are only simple application sounds. So no youtubing or listening to pandora radio.
You just have to be near a wireless router because it's range is a room's length. I think it's cool to show off to people --> "Hey! I could access the internet with my Nintendo DS lite!".
Before I bought this, I didn't realize there are like three other different versions of DS, the original, the lite and the one with the camera. This one works for the DS-lite. You can google the image for more information.
Overall, worth the money.
If all you want to do is read the news and check your email this may be worth it. I switched my nytimes subscription to weekends only, and just read the weekday news on the ds now. Unfortunately that's about the limit of this device's usefulness. It's simply not practical for regular web surfing or reading link-ridden blogs.