Nintendo DS Gets Opera, TV Add-ons

Japanese Nintendo DS owners will soon be able to watch TV and surf the Web on the handheld game console thanks to upcoming add-on cards. Nintendo has selected Opera to power the browsing capability, which utilizes the device's built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and touch screen.

The DS browser uses the same core as Opera's desktop software and employs the console's dual screens. Opera's rendering engine automatically formats Web pages specifically for the device.

"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," commented Scott Hedrick, executive vice president at Opera Software.

Few details were offered on the television card, but Nintendo said it would include an antenna capable of picking up programs broadcast for mobile devices. Japan is slated to begin such broadcasts starting April 1. The TV card is expected to hit the market before the end of the year, but no pricing was announced.

The Opera add-on card will be available in June for 3,800 yen, or $32 USD.

"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," commented Masaru Shimomura, Deputy General Manager of Nintendo's R&D Department.

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