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Master Shake
February 16th, 2006, 03:16 AM
For those of us who own the Nintendo DS handheld, THIS is pretty cool:


Giving gamers two windows to the Web: The Opera Browser for Nintendo DS™
Oslo, Norway - February 15, 2006: Opera Software today announced that it will deliver the World Wide Web to Nintendo DS users in Japan.

In Opera's agreement with Nintendo, Nintendo DS users will now be able to surf the full Internet from their systems using the Opera browser. The Opera browser for Nintendo DS will be sold as a DS card. Users simply insert the card into the Wi- Fi enabled Nintendo DS, connect to a network, and begin browsing on two screens.

Earlier this year, Nintendo reported that 13 million Nintendo DS systems were sold to consumers around the world within just 13 months of its debut in November 2004. Nintendo DS combines unique dual screens, touch screen, voice recognition and wireless and Wi-Fi communications capabilities. According to an independent market research company in Japan, Nintendo DS has become the fastest selling video games machine to top the six million sales mark in Japan in just over 14 months since its Japanese debut, breaking the old record held by Nintendo's Game Boy Advance.

"The incredibly popular Nintendo DS is already Wi-Fi enabled to support real time gaming, so adding Web browsing capabilities was a natural evolution for this device," says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President, Opera Software. "Gaming devices are growing more advanced and a great Web experience is becoming a product differentiator for gaming manufacturers. Opera is excited to work with Nintendo to deliver a unique dual screen, full Internet experience on Nintendo DS."

With an on-screen keypad and stylus, users can easily navigate the Web from their Nintendo DS with PDA-like functionality. Based on the same core as the Opera desktop browser, Opera delivers superior speed and rendering of Web pages on the Nintendo DS.

"Within just five seconds of turning on the system, the Nintendo DS is already fully operational. This makes it the ideal device to enable people to swiftly obtain the latest information from the internet, wherever they are," says Masaru Shimomura, Deputy General Manager of Nintendo's R & D Department. "Opera exceeded our expectations with its user friendly interface, quick access to all your favorite sites, ease of use and, most importantly, in making the best use of the Nintendo DS system's unique double screens and touch screen features. Opera is an important partner for Nintendo in our efforts to further expand the users of the Nintendo DS."

February 16th, 2006, 03:18 AM
For those of us who own the Nintendo DS handheld, THIS is pretty cool:


Nice, so I could play Mario while replying to a thread? :D

February 16th, 2006, 04:40 AM
Awesome...this is what i've been waiting for....Opera is one of my "must-haves" despite its closed nature...it just works.

February 16th, 2006, 04:45 AM
This should push standards more or less which is a good thing I did not see this coming quite pleased actually.

February 16th, 2006, 04:14 PM
I hope this comes stateside. But then again, the only place I use my DS online is at home. Other than that I'd have to go to McDonald's...

Master Shake
February 16th, 2006, 04:16 PM
D'oh! I just noticed a thread with this news tidbit was posted here 6 hours before mine...

I need to clean my glasses.