The ability to browse the internet will come to the 3DS via a software update later this year, but it will be notably different than the browser that was released for the DS around the world. Nintendo has dropped Opera, the browser company that has powered both the DS and Wii, and instead chosen NetFront, a browser from a company named Access.
Opera used to be a popular browser for mobile phones because of its compact look and simplistic, low-data interface. Today, however, smartphones are able to tackle much more sophisticated Web content and can run more standard browsers - like Safari or Chrome - without any obstruction. Likewise, the 3DS's greatly improved processing power gives it much more flexibility for online browsing than the DS.
[Source: Nikkei and The Tanooki]
Feb 28, 2011
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