Internet Browser (Nintendo 3DS)
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|Platform||Nintendo 3DS (XL)
New Nintendo 3DS (XL)
|Website||Official US website
Official UK website
Official JP website
The Internet Browser (Japanese: インターネットブラウザー Hepburn: Intānetto Burauzā) is an Internet browser designed for the Nintendo 3DS family system. It was released via firmware update on June 6, 2011 in North America and June 7, 2011 in Europe, Australia, and Japan. Access to Internet site content can now be filtered as of system update 5.0.0-11.
An improved version of the browser is included on the New Nintendo 3DS console, which includes the ability to play HTML5-based videos in both 2D and 3D, courtesy of the system's improved CPU performance. The New Nintendo 3DS and its XL variant can also handle higher video quality thanks to the faster GPU and video decoding chip. The new browser also renders pages much faster.
On the New 3DS, a new video player is integrated into the browser. It can play back both 2D and 3D Videos on webpages which supports HTML5. This eliminates the need for the dedicated YouTube app on the new 3DS.
The user can choose between the Google search engine and Yahoo search engine. There is a text wrap option to automatically wrap text to the width of the screen at different zoom levels. Users can also create bookmarks. Up to 32 pages can be stored in the browser's history before older items start being replaced.
Compatibility specifications are fully documented on Nintendo's website, as well as in the browser's manual.
Supported web standards
- HTML 4.01 / HTML 5 (partial)
- XHTML 1.1
- CSS 1 / CSS 2.1 / CSS 3 (partial)
- DOM Levels 1-3
- ECMAScript (partial support for ECMA-262 5th Edition)
- XMLHttpRequest Level 2
- Canvas Element (partial)
- HTTP 1.0 / HTTP 1.1
- TLS 1.0
Supported image formats
Supported video formats (Only on New Nintendo 3DS)
Plug-ins (such as Adobe Flash Player) are not supported. There are no way of installing any additional plugins due to the locked-down operating system that the system runs. The New Nintendo 3DS version of the browser does support HTML5-based video playback.
Web standards compatibility
YoYo Games made it possible for indie developers to export basic PC games created on their platform to HTML5.
CSS3 games and animation
According to CSS3test.com, the browser scores a 68% on its CSS3 compatibility test. CSS3 Animations, like Neography's "Our Solar System" Experiment, can be displayed on the Nintendo 3DS's Internet Browser, despite it being not listed as a compatible website.
The 3DS Internet Browser was first introduced in system update 2.0.0-2 (June 2011) and has been progressively updated up to the latest system update. Update 5.0.0-11 (March 2013) allowed for proxy editing and has a slight redesign on the web browser. The browser now has a loading bar at the top, similar to that of the Internet Channel and a loading square on the top bar where the time is normally displayed.
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