Having scored an real coup in landing a deal to supply Nintendo’s DS portable games console with its web browser Opera has now announced when we Europeans can get it.
6 October is the official date and Opera is already banging a drum about what we can expect. Web surfing, the ability to check and send emails, secure online banking and shopping all make it through along with the usual features such as bookmarks, history and parental control filters.
Utilising the unique DS dual screen display however Opera has also enabled its browser to work in two main modes. Overview Mode shows the complete web site on one screen and areas which are highlighted will cleverly 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, reducing the need for horizontal scrolling (I would’ve thought it meant ‘vertical’, but - after querying - apparently not).
Naturally, the stylus can be used to activate hyperlinks and click around pages while typing in URLs and filling in information forms can be done either by starting up an onscreen digital keyboard or employing the console’s handwriting recognition system.
The Nintendo DS Browser will be available as a standard DS cartridge and will come bundled with a Memory Expansion Pack to speed along multimedia heavy sites and boost performance. Opera says the pack will fit snugly into the Game Boy Advance socket on the DS and comes in two versions. The first is for the classic Nintendo DS with a smaller version available to squish into the lean and mean DS Lite.
The RRP will be £30 which seems a little steep, but if it’s as good as the latest edition of Opera Mini on my mobile phone then it could be well worth the initial outlay.