Nintendo DS Browser - July 24

Nintendo DS Browser

Exactly one month away from being released (for Japan at least, the bastards), the DS Browser - created by Opera - looks to be a thing of beauty. Based on the reviews I’ve read, including .ed’s review, Jon’s review, and Kevin’s 4CR review, it sounds like the browser is capable of everything you’d expect a touch-screen browser to have:

  • extremely quick responses to keys pressed;
  • full navigation control;
  • screenshot capabilities;
  • full functionality for practically all websites, including email;
  • bookmarks and more.

It’s unclear to me at this point whether the DS Browser will support music at all, but it’s clear that the GBA pack included for RAM is not meant to be used for downloading/storing large media files. I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to blog with this puppy. Not because I need to, but because I can. ;)

Nintendo is really shining this summer. First, they come out with the DS Lite; now, they’re releasing the Opera DS Browser. What’s next - DS Universal Remote Control?

Just one favor, Nintendo - don’t wait too long to release the DS Browser here in the States. [-O< After all, our very own Al Gore invented the internet. We deserve it! You’d be nowhere without us!

June 25, 2006 - 5:13pm
I just thought of some more unknowns, so I’ll list everything I want to know but don’t yet:

  • Flash support?
  • Java support?
  • Automatic upgrades?
  • PNG support?
  • PDF support?
  • FTP access? (Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.)
  • External keyboard in the works?
  • Is Datel’s 4GB hard drive compatible with the DS Browser, or will one be forced to use the included Slot-2 (GBA) card for RAM?
  • Music formats (WAV, MP3, WMA, MIDI, etc) support?
  • Video formats (WMV, MOV, etc) support?
  • Streaming formats support?

That’s about all I can think of at the moment. If you have more questions, post ‘em in the Comments below.

4 Comments on “Nintendo DS Browser - July 24”

  1. thanks for linking

  2. Opera on DS Excitement Spreads like Wildfire…

    I wanted to take this time to point out all the places thus far that have posted stories and/or references on the reviews that both .ed and I have posted. With one spot to go for all the links it will be easier to keep an eye ……

  3. Nintendo Japan has officially released their DS Browser website: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/browser/

    On that page, it indicates that Flash and PDF files will not work on the DS browser. It also indicates that extremely large pictures, animated pictures, and sound will not work. That’s kind of a bummer, but not a big deal to me. In fact, this is probably a good thing; should I happen to stumble across one of those “MySpace” pages that all the kids are talkin’ about, or one of those dumbass talking Flash ads, I won’t have to hear to it. ;)

    The website also says that using email, blogs, bulletin boards, auctions, and shopping sites should work but, of course, Nintendo can’t guarantee it as it partially depends on how the site is designed and scripted.

    The Slot-2 (GBA) card is required, but the website just says that the DS needs the extra memory - it doesn’t specify if it’s required because of a special software on the card.

    So, regarding my questions above:
    * Flash support? No
    * Java support? Probably not
    * Automatic upgrades? Unknown
    * PNG support? Hopefully
    * PDF support? No
    * FTP access? Almost definitely no
    * External keyboard in the works? Unknown
    * Is Datel’s 4GB hard drive compatible with the DS Browser, or will one be forced to use the included Slot-2 (GBA) card for RAM? Unknown
    * Music formats (WAV, MP3, WMA, MIDI, etc) support? No
    * Video formats (WMV, MOV, etc) support? Almost certainly no
    * Streaming formats support? Almost certainly no

    Oh well - wishful thinking. 8->

    Translate the Japanese DS Browser site with Babelfish: http://babelfish.yahoo.com

    Thanks to 4 color rebellion for the news: http://www.4colorrebellion.com/archives/2006/06/26/nintendo-ds-browser-takes-screenshots-keeps-kids-safe/

  4. I am using the ds BRoseR to write this. some moving images are supported. I hope they maKe a fLash pLayerto go wFth it.

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