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	August 19, 2006
	Disclaimer:  I have tried my best to verify the information contained herein,
	however I take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained
	within this FAQ.
	Should you find any errors or would like to make any comments regarding this
	FAQ you may e-mail me at the address found at the end of this FAQ.  Any new or
	corrected information that is included in future updates will be credited to
	the proper person.
	This FAQ is based upon the Japanese release of the Nintendo DS Browser.
	This FAQ will display with minimal distortion on the DS Browser in SSR Mode.
	Table of Contents
	To easily skip to a section, enter the identification code (found after each
	section in the table of contents i.e. [SEC1]) to the "Edit - Find" box on your
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	1. Introduction                                     [SEC1]
	2. Where to Buy the Nintendo DS Browser             [SEC2]
	3. Browser Function                                 [SEC3]
		  DS Region Compatibility                       [SEC3A]
		  Limitations                                   [SEC3B]
		  Extending the DS Battery Life                 [SEC3C]
		  Wireless Communication                        [SEC3D]
		  Browser Compatibility with Web Page Sign-Ins  [SEC3E]
		  Using the Browser to Enable DS WiFi Games     [SEC3F]
		  Interface Language                            [SEC3G]
		  Website Display Language                      [SEC3H]
		  Browser Speed                                 [SEC3I]
		  Pop-Up Advertisements                         [SEC3J]
		  Downloadable Content / Browser Plug-Ins       [SEC3K]
		  Parental Controls (i Filter)                  [SEC3L]
		  Online Chat                                   [SEC3M]
		  Web Based E-Mail                              [SEC3N]
		  Video                                         [SEC3O]
		  Sound                                         [SEC3P]
		  Firmware Updates                              [SEC3Q]
		  Susceptibility to Computer Viruses & Spyware  [SEC3R]
		  Google Search in English                      [SEC3S]
		  Browser Navigation                            [SEC3T]
	4. Settings Menu Translation                        [SEC4]
	5. Credits                                          [SEC5]
	6. Legal Info                                       [SEC6]
	1. Introduction [SEC1]
	The Nintendo DS Web Browser (herein referred to as "the browser") is a handy 
	internet browser for the Nintendo DS.  The browser was developed by Opera
	Software ( and published by Nintendo.  The browser is based on
	the Opera Mobile Browser version 8.5.
	The official Opera forums for the browser can be found at the following
	The Japanese version of the browser was released in Japan on July 24, 2006 and 
	the European version will be released in Europe on October 6, 2006.  As of this 
	writing there has been no official announcement of a North American release for
	the browser.
	The browser is available for import to the United States and Canada. Retailers
	selling the browser are listed in Section 2.
	Included with the browser is a Nintendo DS card (inserts into the top slot
	on the Nintendo DS - this contains the actual program for the browser), a
	RAM cartridge (which inserts into the GBA slot on the Nintendo DS - anywhere
	from 6 - 10 MB depending on the source - the RAM cartridge MUST be inserted
	in the GBA slot on the DS, otherwise the browser will not function) and an
	instruction booklet (which is written completely in Japanese).
	There are two versions of the browser.  One is designed to be used on the
	original Nintendo DS.  The other is designed for use on the Nintendo DS Lite.
	The ONLY difference is the physical size of the RAM cartridge - the actual
	program is exactly the same.
	The version for the original DS features a RAM cartridge that is the same size
	as a standard GBA cartridge.  The DS Lite version features a RAM cartridge that
	is about 1 CM smaller than a standard GBA cartridge.  This allows the cartridge
	to be flush with the DS Lite when inserted (a normal GBA cartridge will
	protrude about 1 CM from the DS Lite when inserted).  The browser designed for
	the original DS will work on the DS Lite (although the RAM cartridge will
	protrude from the console about 1 CM).  The DS Lite version of the browser WILL
	NOT WORK on the original Nintendo DS.  The reason for this is the shortened RAM
	cartridge is too small to reach the contacts in the GBA slot on the original
	DS.  Again, the RAM cartridge must be inserted in the DS otherwise the browser
	will not function.
	2. Where to Buy the Nintendo DS Browser [SEC2]
	The browser is available only from online retailers in Japan (and presumably 
	the same will hold true with the European release).  For those who wish to
	import the browser, there are currently three online retailers (listed below 
	in no particular order) which sell the browser for import to the United States
	and Canada.  
	[I've personally imported software from Lik Sang and Play Asia and found both
	retailers to be reputable businesses with good customer service. 
	I've never shopped online with Toys n Joys so I don't have any personal
	experiences to share however, I have been to their store in Hawaii and
	recommend that if you're in the area you should check them out.
	I've never shopped online with Gameplay so I don't have any personal
	experiences to share.]
	Play Asia is an overseas online retailer that specializes in importing video
	games and hardware to the United States and Canada.  They are located in
	Hong Kong.  As of the time of this writing the browser is retailing for
	$49.90 and their cheapest shipping option is $2.60.
	Lik Sang is also an overseas online retailer that specializes in importing 
	video games and hardware to the United States and Canada.  They are located 
	in Hong Kong.  As of the time of this writing the browser is retailing for
	$49.90 and their cheapest shipping option is free.
	Toys N' Joys is a US based online retailer that specializes in importing video
	games and hardware to the United States and Canada.  They are located in
	Honolulu, Hawaii.  As of the time of this writing the browser for the original 
	DS is retailing for $39.95 and the version for the DS Lite is $49.95.  Their 
	cheapest shipping option is $8.00.
	Gameplay is an overseas online retailer that offers worldwide shipping for all
	of their products (with the exception of consoles).  They are located in the
	UK.  As of the time of this writing the European release  of the browser is
	retailing (pre-order) for 25 GBP (approx. $47.00 USD) and their cheapest
	shipping option is 99p to the UK and 5 GBP worldwide (approx. $9.38 USD).
	3. Browser Function [SEC3]
	DS Region Compatibility [SEC3A]
	The Nintendo DS is a region-free console.  The Japanese version of the browser
	will work on any Nintendo DS regardless of the region they were purchased in.
	Thus, the Japanese version of the browser will work on North American and
	European Nintendo DS's.
	Limitations [SEC3B]
	While most of the internet is viewable, there are certain functions that are 
	NOT available on the browser.  These are: Flash, Java (although Javascript
	does work), PDF documents, video & sound.  In addition, the browser is not
	capable of capturing screen shots nor can the browser copy or paste
	highlighted text or images to a clipboard.  There is no print function.  It
	is not possible to open multiple browser windows simultaneously.
	The browser can display the following image formats: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF &
	animated GIF.
	Extending the DS Battery Life [SEC3C]
	The battery life of the Nintendo DS is significantly shorter when using the
	browser AND connected to a wireless network (the same holds true when playing
	a WiFi enabled DS game online as well).  A fully charged DS Lite battery will
	last approximately 5 hours (3rd brightness setting) when running the browser
	connected to a wireless network.
	One way to save battery power is to disconnect the DS from the wireless
	network when you don't plan on navigating to a new web page for some time (such
	as when you've loaded a lengthy article or FAQ you plan to read).
	This can be done in two ways.  The easiest way is to simply close the DS (as
	if you were putting it into sleep mode) and then re-open it.  Doing so
	disconnects the DS from the network.  The second option is to go to the
	settings menu and tap the "Turn Wireless Communication Off" button.
	To reconnect the DS to the wireless network, simply tap any link on the
	browser or in your favorites window.  The browser will automatically re-connect
	to the network so you can continue browsing the internet.
	Wireless Communication [SEC3D]
	The browser requires the Nintendo DS to be within range of a wireless hotspot
	in order to view web pages.  In general, if you can connect to a network in
	order to play wireless enabled Nintendo DS games you should be able to use
	the same network to view the internet with the browser.
	Nintendo's website lists wireless routers that are compatible with the
	Nintendo DS:
	The setup for the wireless connection is identical to every other WiFi enabled
	Nintendo DS game with one exception - the interface is entirely Japanese.
	Follow the steps below for a walkthrough of the wireless setup for the browser.
	1. Open the Settings Menu after powering-up the browser (wrench icon).
	2. Tap the "Nintendo WFC Setup" button with your stylus on the "Network
	Settings" menu (see Section 4).  This will take you to the "Nintendo WiFi
	Connection Setup" menu.
	3. Tap the big blue button on the left with your stylus for "Nintendo WiFi
	Connection Settings."
	4. Now you will see three entry spots for wireless information (labeled 1, 2
	& 3).  If you're using a router you'll use these buttons.  Below these three
	spots is a large blue button to connect to your Nintendo WiFi USB Connector.
	If you're using the USB Connector, you'll use this button.
	5. The top 3 buttons are divided into upper and lower sections.  The lower
	sections will erase the data on the respective buttons.  The top section is
	used to detect a new wireless signal.  Tap the top section of an empty
	button with your stylus.
	6. Tap the big blue button on the next screen to automatically detect a
	wireless connection.  After a few seconds a screen will appear with the SSID's
	of the compatible wireless signals the Nintendo DS had detected.  Select the
	appropriate one by tapping on it with your stylus.  If a WEP Key is required
	(A WEP Key is required if a "locked" icon is displayed next to the SSID) you
	will be prompted to enter it after selecting the SSID.
	7. Once you select the SSID of the desired WiFi connection and the WEP Key
	has been entered (if required) the DS will ask to perform a test of the
	8. If it tests ok you're all done.  Simply back out of the Wireless Setup
	menu by tapping on the lower left hand corner of the screen (or just press
	the "B" button").  Once you return to the Start Page of the browser simply
	tapping on a link will connect the DS to the previously selected WiFi
	network.  If the test fails, note the error code and visit or call Nintendo of America toll-free at
	1-800-255-3700 to determine the cause (even though the browser is Japanese
	software the error codes are universal).
	Browser Compatibility with Web Page Sign-Ins [SEC3E]
	There are some networks which are not ordinarily available for gaming via the
	DS but ARE available for use with the browser.  Networks that require the user
	to sign in with a username and a password are not available for gaming on the
	DS ARE available for viewing the internet via the browser (providing you know
	the username and password, that is).  The browser will simply re-direct the
	user to the web sign-in page.  Once the username and password are entered the
	browser will function normally.  Once you have signed in, these networks can
	be used to play online enabled DS games as well (see the next section).
	Using the Browser to Enable DS WiFi Games [SEC3F]
	Since you can now use the browser to access networks that require web page
	sign-ins (as described above) you can now play WiFi enabled DS games on these
	networks as well.
	Normally, if you try and access a network that requires a username and a
	password with a DS WiFi game you will get an error such as "The Nintendo DS is
	unable to connect to this Access Point with this user ID."  The reason for this
	is the DS has no interface which allows you to enter a username and password
	(many free public hotspots require this).  Therefore, if the network you're
	accessing requires this information to log on, you're out of luck.
	With the browser you CAN access these networks (providing you know the username
	and password, that is).  Simply power up the browser and log onto the web
	network with the username and password (as described in the previous section).
	Once you're logged on, you can shut down the browser and play any WiFi enabled
	DS game since you have already successfully logged onto the network.
	Interface Language [SEC3G]
	Unfortunately, since the Japanese version of the browser is targeted primarily
	to a Japanese speaking market, neither interface nor the instructions contain
	any English - there is no English language option for the browser interface.
	While the internet can be viewed without knowing Japanese (websites will be
	displayed in whatever language they were designed in - i.e. will be displayed in Japanese and 
	and will be displayed in English) the setup of the browser is
	essentially a trial and error process if you aren't fluent in Japanese.
	Section 4 will provide a complete translation of the Settings Menu from
	Japanese to English.  This should help those people unfamiliar with the
	Japanese language modify the default settings of their browser with confidence.
	The browser does contain an English keyboard and handwriting recognition in
	addition to a Japanese keyboard and handwriting recognition and Chinese
	handwriting recognition.  The English keyboard & handwriting input will be used
	when entering website addresses in the URL window and for all other text input
	on English based websites.
	Website Display Language [SEC3H]
	Websites will display in whatever language they are designed in.  If you type
	in "" you will view the English language version of Yahoo!.  If
	you type in "" you will view the Japanese language version of
	Yahoo!.  GameFAQs displays in English since that's the language it was
	designed in.
	The only exception to this rule (so far) is Google.  Google will redirect to
	the Japanese language site even if the US address is entered.  For the
	workaround see next sub-section titled "Google Search" [SEC3N].
	Browser Speed [SEC3I]
	The browser runs quite well for a mobile web browser.  It runs a bit faster
	than a dial-up connection, but not nearly as fast as a broadband connection.
	It should go without saying that the more graphics displayed on the web page
	the longer it will take to load.  Websites that are specifically designed for
	mobile devices load very quickly.  Conversely, web pages that are graphically
	intensive can take upwards of several minutes to load.
	Websites with minimal graphics such as Google and GameFAQ's typically load in
	less than 10 seconds.
	Websites that have large amounts of graphics such as IGN and
	typically take several minutes to load completely.  Selecting images to off
	(on the browser toolbar) can decrease load times on these sites significantly.
	In order to get the maximum speed from the browser, select the SSR mode and
	disable the images.  Use the buttons on the bottom of the screen to
	change display modes and toggle the images on or off.  You can also set the
	browser to default to your desired mode and picture setting on the Settings
	Menu (see Section 4 of this FAQ).
	Pop-Up Advertisements [SEC3J]
	Since the browser is only capable of displaying one window at a time, the
	browser will not display any pop-up advertisements.
	Downloadable Content / Browser Plug-Ins [SEC3K]
	The browser is not capable of downloading any content from the internet
	since there is be no place to store it.  Likewise, the browser cannot
	download and install any plug-ins (such as Flash or Java) or online
	chat clients.
	The RAM cartridge is not designed to store downloadable content from the
	internet.  The RAM cartridge is provided SOLELY for the purpose of
	expanding the memory of the DS so it is sufficient to run the browser.
	Without the RAM cartridge the DS does not have sufficient memory to run
	the browser and therefore it will not function unless the RAM cartridge
	is inserted.
	There is no add-on type product that will allow the browser to store
	downloadable content planned or announced.
	Parental Controls (i Filter) [SEC3L]
	There is an OPTION to turn on parental controls for the browser.  Parental
	controls default to off.  These controls can be enabled in the Settings
	Menu, however in order to activate this function you are required to pay a
	monthly subscription fee for the service.  With this function turned off
	you can view adult websites just as you can with any other web browser.
	Visit the following website for further information about i Filter: (Japanese language website).
	Online Chat [SEC3M]
	Online Chat is reportedly available on the browser.  The following site has
	been said to allow the use of certain chat rooms (such as MSN and AIM):
	Web Based E-Mail [SEC3N]
	Web based e-mail runs flawlessly on the browser.  Examples of such are
	Yahoo! mail, GMail and MSN.  The browser will allow you to log and check
	your e-mail just as you do from your PC.
	Video [SEC3O]
	Video does not work on the browser regardless of the format.  You can not
	view Flash video files nor can you download movies in other formats (such as
	mpeg or WMV).
	You can not view videos on websites such as You Tube, Google Video, IGN,
	Gamespot, etc.
	Sound [SEC3P]
	The browser does not support any sound files from the internet.  The browser
	does include some basic sounds with the interface which can be selected on
	or off (i.e. the "popping" noise the browser makes when you click on a link)
	however you cannot listen to mp3 files or any other sound files.
	Firmware Updates [SEC3Q]
	As of the time of this writing there are no planned firmware updates for the
	browser (it is likely that the browser is incapable of accepting such an
	Susceptibility to Computer Viruses & Spyware [SEC3R]
	Since the internet is rife with computer viruses it is a fair question to ask
	if the DS is vulnerable to computer viruses.  Fortunately, the answer is no.
	There is no ability for the browser to download and permanently store
	information on the DS - and that includes computer viruses and spyware -
	therefore there is no risk of infecting your DS with these types of malicious
	Google Search in English [SEC3S]
	Google tends to default to the Japanese site (even if the US address is 
	entered).  By entering the following address in the URL window you will link
	directly to the English Google site:
	Save this address to your bookmarks page so the English Google website will
	be readily available.
	Browser Navigation [SEC3T]
	The following are the functions available by tapping the buttons along the
	bottom of the web browser from left to right.
	[ Back ]
	[ Forward ]
	[ Stop / Refresh ]
	[ History ] - Displays last 6 web pages visited
	[ Enter URL ] - Use the on-screen keyboard to enter web addresses
	[ Bookmark ] - See Note 1 below
	[ Search ] - See Note 2 below
	[ Settings ] - See Section 4 for the translation
	[ Help ] - Japanese language help (no translation available, sorry)
	[ Toggle SSR / DS Mode ] - See Note 3 below
	[ Zoom In / Out ] - Modes are 50% - 80% - 100% - 120% - 150%
	[ In SSR Mode - Go to End of Page, In DS Mode - Swap Screens ]
	Note 1
	Part A
	Bookmarks are saved to the memory of the browser so they will be available
	whenever you use your browser.
	To save a bookmark follow the steps listed below.
	1. Load the page you wish to bookmark by entering its address in the URL
	2. Once the page loads, click on the bookmark (star) icon on the bottom of the
	3a. When the bookmarks page opens, you will see the address of the current page
	(the one you just loaded) listed on the bottom of the screen.  Click the
	button to the right of the address to add that page to the list of bookmarks.
	3b. Instead of clicking the button in the lower right-hand corner as described
	in step 3a, simply click and drag the page address (displayed near the bottom
	of the screen) to the desired folder on the bookmarks menu.
	Part B
	To edit the bookmarks, click the pen button in the lower left-hand corner of
	the screen.
	1. To add a new folder, click the folder button on the bottom of the bookmarks
	screen.  This will bring you to the edit bookmarks page.
	2. To rename a bookmark or a folder, highlight the bookmark and then click the
	pen icon on the bottom of the screen.  Edit the name with the on-screen
	3. To move bookmarks, simply click and drag the bookmarks.
	4. To delete bookmarks, simply highlight a bookmark and then click the trash
	can button on the bottom of the page.
	5. Once your changes are complete, click the "O" button on the lower 
	right-hand side of the screen.  If you want to cancel all changes, click the
	"X" button on the lower right-hand side of the screen.
	Part C
	The Start Menu folder contains the links which will appear when you
	initially power up your browser.
	The links that come pre-loaded on the browser are:
	Nintendo of Japan
	Opera Software
	i Filter Parental Controls
	The Start Menu can be edited on the bookmarks page.
	1. Go to the edit bookmarks page as described in Part B above.
	2. Edit the bookmarks in the "Start Menu" folder just as you would edit
	all other bookmarks as described in Part B.  All bookmarks listed in
	the Start Menu will be displayed when you initially power up your
	Note that the browser will not let you delete the Start Menu folder.
	Note 2
	The search function defaults to Yahoo! Japan (which is, of course, in
	Japanese).  You can select a custom search engine (see the Settings Menu
	translation in Section 4) however, the browser requires a special format
	for the address in order to work properly.
	The following are the addresses for several popular search engines
	formatted so they will work properly when entered into the custom
	search text bar on the Settings Menu.
	Google (English)
	Is your search engine not listed?  Here's how to format your favorite
	search engine so it meets Opera's format for the custom address on the
	Settings Menu (thanks goes to "Dejitaru Ken" of GameFAQ's for figuring 
	out the procedure).
	1. Go to the search engine of your choice by entering the URL in the
	address window (we'll use Google for this example).
	2. Do a web search using any text (for example, in this example we'll
	use "cookies").
	3. Note the web address after you perform the search.  The example
	4. Replace your searched text ("cookies" in the above address) with a
	"%s" (you can usually delete everything after the %s as well) and note
	the new address.  In the example the new address will be:
	5. Enter this new address in the custom address text bar in the 
	Settings Menu.
	When using the search function, the left check-box will search the active
	web page for the entered text and the right check-box will search the web
	for the entered text (the check-boxes are displayed just below the text
	window, above the keyboard).
	* This formatting is ONLY required when entering a custom search engine   *
	* on the Settings Menu.  When entering a URL in the address window simply *
	* enter the address as you normally would.  I.e. for Yahoo! simply enter  *
	* in the address window to go directly to the Yahoo!        *
	* website.                                                                *
	Note 3
	SSR Mode (Small Screen Rendering Mode) - The browser will reformat web pages
	in order to fit the width of the Nintendo DS screens (approx. 247 pixels wide).
	All the information will be displayed, however it will not be in the format
	you are used to seeing on your desktop browser.
	DS Mode - On the bottom screen, the web page will be displayed in it's
	original form.  The DS will zoom out to fit the page width to the DS's
	screens.  There will be a scroll box on the bottom screen that you drag
	with your stylus.  The top screen will display the contents of the scroll
	box.  Use the "swap screens" button in order to swap the displays.  This
	will allow you to enter text and click on links via the touch-screen.
	4. Settings Menu Translation [SEC4]
	The following is a Japanese - English translation of the Settings Menu found
	on the browser (the wrench button at the bottom of the browser window).
	The main menu is listed to the left and submenus (menus which are opened by
	clicking on buttons on the main menu) are indented underneath the main menu
	from which they can be accessed.
	Those boxes that are checked and the entries that are listed below are the
	default selections of the browser.  Tapping the "Reset All Default Settings"
	button at the bottom of the Settings Menu will return the settings to what
	is displayed here. (Note: This button will NOT delete your bookmarks)
	[X] and [ ] = Check-Boxes
	[ Text ] = Buttons
	[      ] = Text Input Window
	[X] Pictures On
	[ ] Default to DS Mode
	[ ] Fit Web Page To Screen Width In DS Mode
	[ Text Encoding ]
	[ Proxy Settings ]
	[ Search Engine Settings ]
	Default Zoom
	[ ]50%  [ ]80%  [X]100%  [ ]120%  [ ]150%
			  [X] Automatic
			  Japanese               Western European Languages
			  [ ] Shift JIS          [ ] ISO-8859-1
			  [ ] ISO 2022-JP        [ ] ISO-8859-15
			  [ ] EUC-JP             [ ] US ASCII
			  [ ] UTF-8              [ ] UTF-16
			  [ ] Proxy Connection
			  [ Proxy Password ]
			  Proxy             [                     ]
			  Port              [0                    ]
			  [ ] HTTPS Filter (i Filter)
			  [ ] Use Automatic Certification
			  i Filter User ID  [                     ]
			  i Filter Password [                     ]
			  [X] Yahoo! Japan
			  [ ] Custom
			  Custom Address
			  [  ]
	[X] Browser Hints On
	[X] Browser Sounds On
	[X] Browser Selection Description On
	[X] Display Low Memory Warning
	[ ] Default Input to Handwriting Recognition
	[ Password Setup ]
	[ Keyboard Language Selection ]
			  Password protection during browser startup
			  CAUTION: If you forget the password you will be
			  locked out of the browser.
			  [                       ]
			  Re-Enter Password
			  [                       ]
			  [X] Japanese           [ ] US English
			  [ ] UK English         [ ] German
			  [ ] French             [ ] Italian
			  [ ] Spanish
	[ Nintendo WFC Setup ] [ Turn Off Wireless]
						   [   Communication  ]
		 [    ]             [     ]
	[-]  [ -- ]   GMT +09   [  +  ]  [+]
		 [    ]             [     ]
	[ ] Enable Daylight Savings Time
	URL Default  [http://www.            ]
	URL Shortcut [.com                   ]
	URL Shortcut [.org                   ]
	URL Shortcut [.net                   ]
	URL Shortcut [                 ]
	URL Shortcut [                 ]
									[ X Cancel ]
	[ Reset All Default Settings ]  
									[ O Accept ]
	5. Credits  [SEC5]
	Special Thanks goes to "Dejitaru Ken" of GameFAQ's for help with the
	translation of the Settings Menu.
	Thanks also to Nintendo and Opera for creating this useful piece of software.
	6. Legal [SEC6]
	This FAQ is Copyright (c) 2006 Jason Williams. This FAQ may be not be
	reproduced under any circumstances except for personal or private use. It
	may not be placed on any web site (except GameFAQs) or otherwise distributed
	publicly without advance written permission of the copyright owner. Use of
	this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is
	strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.
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