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Nintendo chooses NetFront for its 3DS internet browser

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.

It's unknown why Nintendo switched software providers, whether it was to lower licensing costs or because NetFront offers a more pleasing mobile interface. If we were to guess, we'd say it was the latter. NetFront offers support for enhanced online features like Flash video, HTML 5, and JavaScript, and is already used on PS3 and PSP hardware.

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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  • Andyjoe - March 1, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    I think this is a good thing. I used to be able to get this wonderful site on my DSi, but after a while it stopped loading. So from then on, if I wanted to get on gamesradar, I had to find a time when my mom or sis weren't on the computer.(like right now)
  • Spybreak8 - March 1, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    Ah the browser for the DS, old one, sucked so hard.
  • badgraphix1 - February 28, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    Javascript =/= Java So no Minecraft, unfortunately.
  • Risonhighmer - February 28, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    Support for javascript? You know what that means? Minecraft is a possibility for 3DS!
  • admjwt - February 28, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    im not sure i like this seeing as the browser on the ps3 and psp are really terrible. i think they shouldve used mobile friefox 4 instead
  • Cyberninja - February 28, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    so can i use the internet anywhere (3g) or am i limited to when i am in a wireless access point? also would i be able to watch nonflash video players like ps3 or be stuck with the ability to do nothing like psp, this would determine if i would use the internet or not.
  • kaiben - February 28, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    Isn't that the browser that was on the psp?
  • bobbybroccoli - February 28, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    Yay?
  • claytonmiller - February 28, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    Just gotta say: support for flash video and JavaScript is pretty sweet! Especially considering the fact that my cellphone is an average intelligence phone rather than a smartphone (not paying for dumbed down internet).

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