The Nintendo DS is starting to make the PSP look like a good-for-nothing layabout. Not content with being reincarnated as the Lite, news has just arrived that a web browser and a several new games will be launched in October.
The big deal is the browser, which has been out in Japan since February and will arrive in the UK on 6th October. The ability to web surf on the move has been one of the PSP’s main boasts, and the DS’ two screens could improve the experience further.
Nintendo couldn’t confirm whether or not the browser will be the Opera version that Japanese users are currently enjoying, but the UK version is likely to follow a similar format.
That means you should get a choice of two display modes: fit-to-width, which uses both screens for scrolling up and own a page, and DS mode, which gives an overview of the page on the lower screen and a close-up of a selected section on the upper one.
The first version of the Opera’s DS browser in Japan let you surf the whole internet but didn’t support Flash sites, so we’ll have to see how developed the UK version is.
Luckily, there’s a ton of new games to accompany your web browsing too. The promisingly titled 42 All-Time Classics will be out on 29th September, followed by English Training (13th October), Sudoku Master (27th October), Mario Slam Basketball (10th November), Yoshi’s Island 2 (24th November) and Harvest Moon DS, which should be out before Christmas.