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Opera for Nintendo DS Gets European Launch Date

by Rainier on Aug. 8, 2006 @ 2:46 a.m. PDT

Nintendo is expanding its service offering to include an internet browser from Opera Software, optimised to run on the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS Browser launches across Europe on 6th October 2006.

The Nintendo DS Browser is a convenient web browser, which enables Nintendo DS users to surf the web, check and send emails, bank and shop online and even communicate with their friends in live chat. The Nintendo DS Browser features a built-in history function allowing users to bookmark their favourite sites and it has a fast start up time making it quick and easy to connect to the internet, at home or away. Nintendo DS owners can use the browser to connect to Wi-Fi environments at home, a public Wi-Fi hotspot or one of Nintendo’s free Wi-Fi hotspots.

By using the unique interface of the Nintendo DS, users can effortlessly surf the web as if they were using a keyboard and mouse. The stylus can be used to activate hyperlinks and click around pages. For typing in URLs and filling in complicated information users can employ an onscreen digital keyboard and the console’s handwriting recognition system.

Web sites can be viewed through the Nintendo DS Browser using two main modes. Overview Mode shows the complete web site on one screen and areas which are highlighted will enlarge on the other screen. It also features Opera’s Fit-to-Width Mode where web sites will be adjusted to fit inside the two Nintendo DS screens, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling.

The Nintendo DS Browser will be available as a standard DS cartridge. To allow image or multimedia-heavy web sites to load quickly, it will come bundled with a Memory Expansion Pack, which boosts the system’s power. This pack fits snugly into the Game Boy Advance socket on the Nintendo DS and comes in two versions. One version is for the classic Nintendo DS and a smaller version is available to fit the slimmed down Nintendo DS Lite.

Parents who wish to have more control over the internet sites their children access can set passwords required to activate the browser. In addition, Nintendo has partnered with Astaro to provide the option of a parental control which acts as a proxy filter to block inappropriate content.

Connect to the limitless possibilities of the internet using your favourite hand-held games console. The Nintendo DS Browser launches across Europe on 6th October 2006 for the estimated retail price of around £30.

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service launched globally in November 2005 and to date has over 1.7 million unique users. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service allows you to play games over the Internet, wirelessly, at home or at a public Wi-Fi (wireless internet) hotspot provided by BT Openzone and The Cloud, using a Nintendo DS and a Nintendo Wi-Fi compatible Nintendo DS game.

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service is free - there are no fees or subscriptions to pay (usual broadband line rental costs apply when accessing the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection at home). It’s simple to use - you simply turn it on and select Wi-Fi. There are no complicated menu screens or confusing instructions to follow. It’s safe for everyone – you currently do not have direct communication with other players when playing anonymously and therefore personal details or inappropriate comments can’t be exchanged.

For further information on Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection service visit

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