Not long ago, a Game Boy’s life ambition was to give you a fix of Tetris on the bus. Today, however, gaming is but a side issue to handhelds – the Nintendo DS will soon let you browse the web and watch TV.
After the new Lite version’s (above) March launch, this summer Nintendo plans to release an add-on card for Opera web browsing followed by a TV tuner. The bad news is these plans are so far restricted to Japan – a spokesperson told us that Nintendo has yet to clarify details of a UK launch.
We’ll be happy to organise the protest marches if they don’t make the leap over here. With its touchscreen and stylus, the DS will make a fine palmtop with an Opera browser on-board, and a spot of telly will be ideal for when we’re having a thumb-rest from Mario Kart.
The Opera card will cost a bargain 3800 yen (£20) when it launches in Japan but the TV tuner looks unlikely ever to make it to the UK – it’ll only be able to receive Japanese broadcasts made specifically for mobile devices.
Still, it’s all welcome extra armoury for the DS’s feisty tussle with the PSP – expect more ringside bulletins soon.