Nintendo DS gets a night at the Opera

True to its word, Nintendo has delivered its web browser for the DS. The good news is it's the Opera-based software as used in the Japanese version la

True to its word, Nintendo has delivered its web browser for the DS. The good news is it's the Opera-based software as used in the Japanese version launched in February. The bad news is, aside from English, there's been no update to the feature set – so it still won't support Flash sites.Zoom with a viewAs with the Japanese version, the browser uses the dual screen format to the full. There's a choice of two display modes. Fit to width is viewed down both screens and employs the same small-screen shoehorning technique as the mobile phone versions of Opera. DS mode is unique to the console and has the page in full view on the bottom screen with a selected area in full-size on the top screen (as pictured).Inconveniently the browser’s stored on a cartridge rather than as a software update. But with the DS already kicking the PSP's ass on the high street, it's yet another Nintendo bolt-on to claw back the technical advantage from Sony.

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