Nintendo DS Browser Review

I purchased the Nintendo DS browser recently and I have to say it isn’t going to blow you away but can be very useful.

I purchased the Nintendo DS browser about a week ago and have been using it ever since. I have tried many websites on it and I think it’s great.

Along the bottom of the screen are all of the buttons you need for the browser. The simple back and forward buttons along with the stop/reload button. A button to show your history, a URL button, Favorites, Find, Settings, Help, SSR/Overview Mode, Load Images, Zoom, and Jump. The history feature will only show the most recent 5 or so pages when you click on it.


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The URL button brings up a keyboard letting you type in a URL to go to, what is awesome about this keyboard is that it gives you dedicated .com buttons. You have 5 of these .com buttons that you can customize to your hearts content.


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Find let’s you search the page that you are looking at for a specific word, just like in firefox when you hit ctrl+f. It also gives you the option to search the web. The web search can be customized by putting in a custom search string, the default is Yahoo!

In settings you can whether or not the browser loads images, how much it zooms by default, user interface tweaks, etc.

SSR and Overview mode are very interesting. SSR will take the entire webpage and show it to you in a single column similar to how Opera Mini does on cell phones. Overview mode though is extremely cool, it will load the entire webpage and show it in the lower screen zooming out and showing you a little box. The box can be moved around and whatever is within that box is shown in the top screen. In this mode you can use the jump button to switch between the two screens, whatever was on top is on bottom.


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More Including a video, after the jump

I have spent a lot of time using the browser and it is not to be used as a primary browser, it does not have flash support. The best way to use the browser is to view cell phone formated pages, such as Mobile GMail, Mobile Google Reader, and Mobile Twitter. These pages are much smaller then their desktop formatted counter parts and work great on the DS browser.

The browser is a little slow, I did a speed test using the DS browser and got about 150kbps, now on my laptop I was getting 4mbps using the same connection so the DS isn’t the fastest at all.

I do recommend the browser for checking your email and reading RSS feeds without having to pull out your laptop or frustrating a lot of people around you, using the DS to browse isn’t as obtrusive as using your desktop or laptop computer when socializing with people.

You can get yourself the DS browser here.

Pictures from Opera for Nintendo – Features

Check out this video of the DS browser in action:

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14 Comments

  1. I think it would be great when traveling. Don’t have to lug around the laptop.
    Would be nice to get out of Sim City.

  2. so it does not support any download files? so you cant download any games or anything? where can you get this for the original ds? how do you know which one it is online? how much is it? can different versions like the one from japan work with the american ds? does it support video? does it work if you use the wifi usb?
    sorry i have a lot of questions. hope u can answer some of them.

  3. No it can’t download any files

    you can’t download any games

    you can get this for the original DS online, according to the box, “Original Nintendo DS version also available. Visit http://www.nintendo.com

    it is about $30

    I don’t know if the Japanese one will work on an american DS.

    It doesn’t support video

    it should work if you use the wifi usb, there isn’t any reason it wouldn’t

    it doesn’t blog adult content but you can block those types of things in your router

  4. what would happen if you put the gba cartiage into a gameboy advance? where can i buy US version original ds version and get it shipped to Korea? is there any compatible memory cards?

  5. If you put the gba cartridge into a gba it wouldn’t do anything.

    I am not sure where you would be able to buy it and get it shipped to korea

    I’m not sure what you mean by any compatible memory cards.

  6. Sweet. I heard that the DSi has an automatic browser though. The DSi will be available in the U.S. at around 2010 for about $180

    I can’t wait till then!

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