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Nintendo 3DS: No Adobe Flash And PDF For The Nintendo 3DS Web Browser

I’ve received numerous emails and Tweets asking whether the Nintendo 3DS web browser will support Flash and now I know the answer; it’s a straight up ‘no’. Sadly the Nintendo 3DS won’t support the majority of video we consume online primarily because the Nintendo 3DS only includes a meagre 128MB of RAM and also lacks the hardware decoding to run Flash smoothly. We also won’t be able to open any PDF web documents, but that’s not such a big deal. Anyone bitterly disappointed by this?


139 thoughts on “Nintendo 3DS: No Adobe Flash And PDF For The Nintendo 3DS Web Browser”

    1. HELL YEA im dissapointed my daddy got mi this first christmas present in 12 years and i cant go on youtube. dats jus effed up man *sob* :,(

    1. I agree wit grey. I says: F*%# this im gonna say somthin this succccccCcks can’t we do something about this????

          1. Ah, I missed the part where it says “some HTML 4.1.” Thanks! Hopefully a future update will implement it.

  1. I understand that it won’t support’em but man… I gotta say that is a bit of a bummer. The Netflix thing sounds great but it’d be pretty killer to have a YouTube app and/or a native doc reading app for the 3ds as well. I mean I understand that at the heart of it, it’s just a platform for entertainment uses but it’d be killer if it could have practical functions without people having to mod and create homebrew for. Anyways I still love ma 3ds

  2. Well, considering that YouTube now has a 3D video-streaming service, I remain fairly confident that the browser will receive some internet video support.

    1. It’s more likely that the system will utilise its own video service specifically designed for it as suggested. It just means that you won’t be able to browse Youtube as well.

  3. Thats funny…that means My android phone is more powerful than the 3DS, with 768mb of ram and can run flash smoothly

      1. The hardware of most cell phones is more powerful than that of the 3DS, in all honesty (with a major exception for the graphics). I hate to compare Nintendo and Microsoft’s XBox 360, but here’s the stuff: the Xbox only has a 3 core Xeon processor running around 3 GHz, and the graphics hardware isn’t as good as it seems. However, you get beautiful performance out of the obsolete hardware. This is because the FIRMWARE has every little thing optimized, giving you beautiful graphics from a slightly above-average hardware setup. This is exactly what Nintendo does. Low hardware specs, but it runs pretty darn close to flawlessly. I say it’s pure genius.

      2. phones have a certain type of reader thats can convert flash i think or its a specialy moddified version of flash wich the phone companies payed large sums of money to get

  4. No flash support, no big deal. That’s what I have a Droid X for. Besides, Apple’s iOS does not even support flash, so why would Nintendo 3DS? These days most people have android phones or other tablets that support flash. NIntendo 3DS is a game system, not a replacement for Android devices.

  5. I have a 3DS for games not to watch youtube videos, which I have several other devices for, so no it doesn’t bother me. Love the fake outrage by some though.

    1. im sittin here about to fuck my girl [and by the way im 16 so figure it out] and i cant do any new moves this shit suuuuuuuuuuuucks

  6. Didn’t really expect it to. Even iOS doesn’t support Flash. Hopefully Nintendo will partner up with YouTube to make an app where you can watch and share 3D videos. That would be amazing.

  7. As long as a YouTube app is introduced (a 3D-enabled one would be best), we’ll be fine. It would most likely be less cumbersome than using YouTube in the 3DS bowser.

    If they follow that up with full 3D movies on Netflix (not just trailers), I’ll have no complaints.

  8. I’m definitely not disappointed by this. PDF support would be neat, but it’s not necessary and Flash is a CPU intensive plugin that would prove to be more problematic than useful.

  9. I can live without it. I can just use my 3DS to check my other sites other than Youtube and use my laptop for the main session.

  10. Well just like the DSi I think a Facebook app will come out and since twitter and blogging is BIG now I hope they make aps for them. And since you tube is technically doing 3D vids. I think with the vid service. Nintendo will allow this. Probably a firmware update with youtube.
    The beauty is theres potential of growth.

    1 Question: I know I can pause the game and use the in browser to FB/Tweet but will I be able to also upload a photo, say AR game photo snappend and tweeted? (that would be cool).
    Also after defeating a many zombies in ResEvil Merc. I shall tweet victory lol that make me happy!

  11. I think it’s fine, the only reason I was expecting flash, and am therefore slightly disappointed was because of all the rumours saying it would have it….
    It might still get youtube some other way, and i’m guessing that’s the only reason most people want it….It’s the only practical application of flash anyway, games are probably a bit to much for the 3ds to handle


    Well I think I made my point, Nintendo have the ability to update now so they’ll probably add HTML5 in the future.

  13. THAT SUCKS!!!! i was already disappointed because i miss read the website for the 3DS, because it said 3D Video, and i thought we could take Videos with the 3DS but it meant that you can watch 3D Vidoes like on netflix/ the video if you update your 3DS but still…. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE UPDATE

  14. …Did you know that without flash you cannot access some of the features on Nintendo’s own website? They really nood to come up with an alterative or no one will use the ds browser.

  15. im not surprised that u cannot watch youtube vids since it has very little ram but i would of wanted to at least get a music player on here like spotify cause i think it would be able to handle that surely !!!

  16. very dissapointed there isnt a flash app or some thing. its not a matter of haveing other devices that will its a matter of practicly haven a tablet pc in my hands that cant handle streaming video. i for the most part expected it. a psp with a higher memory sd can so why not. sigh, i understand its ahead of its time but this is the fine tuning that makes all the difference.

  17. good lord people shutup they can’t keep it running the way it does if they cram in youtube, so you have no youtube or video guides so what play the way we used too before youtube was big, with a written guide. you can’t play on youtube while in game so nothing lost, and i know [hope] you didn’t buy the 3ds purely for youtube when everything else does it already. so please stop bitching like this has killed the 3ds.

    btw this whole message was typed from a 3ds heh, so excuse the errors

  18. so fucking annoyed right now…it really sucks. i just recently found out about ”rage quit”on youtube, by rooster teeth. i pissed myself and cried, it was the funniest thing i have ever seen in my entire life. but now, im stuck here in bed, typing with this 3ds, not watching rage quit episodes on youtube. my parents put me to bed, so i have no access to a computer… this sucks, i guess ill just sleep to get to the computer tomorrow faster.

  19. im Very Upset That Flash Won’t Support The 3DS, People r saying that there’s going to be a Facebook And Twitter Apps for the DS ): The Main Reason is there’s No Youtube On 3ds

  20. shut up about the fucking flash already !!! nintendo‛s got bigger fish to fry then people bitching on a blog about the fact that they cant watch justen beber on their 3ds or get on porn! come on people use a computer or a tablet or just use ur imaganation (sorry cant spell)

  21. The ipad doesnt have flash, but it does have a youtube app. Nintendo should try to create an app like this and then release it on the eshop. Cuz if they dont, thats onemore thing that their competitors have that they dont. We know that the nintendo 3ds can run videos cuz we have netflix and nintendo video. If they would just alter it to run on the internet…

  22. this is fucking bullshit i was looking forward to watching porn and youtube now i find out that the 3ds doesnt have flash what the fuck you’d think that they would want to get more money the way their going they wont get shit.

  23. THIS IS A FUCKIN rip off. Next thing is that nintendo will make a new 3ds with ADDED features, more money = better business for them.

  24. Please put a YouTube app on the 3ds… im 11 and I just want to watch full episodes of Disney Channel. </3

  25. You know what i might as well throw my 3ds out the window. I can go buy a PS VITA and watch youtube on that.By the way,I will tell my friends (12 of them) that bougt the 3ds because i recommended it, to throw theirs away as well.I need my youtube soon. I well keep calm for the next month ,and then I’ll destroy my 3ds and ask my friends to repeat after me

  26. im 11 too and i agree wit u all. i don’t really have anything 2 say except that i was expecting to look at the walkthrough of res evil on my nintebdo cuz my bro is ALWAYS hogging da computer. but now i cant sooooo… yea…. antyways im upset. (btw i no u guys like satisfying ur ball sacs and all but there are friggin kids looking at ur replies so watch ur lan. and i love anonomous’ replies. srry if i spelled dat rong and wats html5 antyway or however ya spell it?)

    1. I agree with the kid use apropriet languge, but seriously MAKE ADOBE FOR THE 3DS, NOW!!! btw all you guys who want sex and porn, use your brains! thats one reason why we as humans have it!!

  27. hi there wait here is 3ds specs vs wii specs wii has a 729 mhz cpu 88 mb ram vs 3ds cpu 800 mhz duo core cpu 128 mb ram and wii plays true youtube soo 3ds has more power then wii soo nintendo some reasion soo it is possable too get youtube if nintendo focus on youtube app for 3ds ps vita has youtube app

  28. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! AHH! Well wats the Whole point for internet if you cant go on youtube!!! (throws n3ds on ground and pretends to stomp on it !

  29. geesh u no how long it took to scroll down all those comments on a N3ds? any way there doesnt need to be youtube. no point. if we install youtube& get netflix to work it would be really laggy& there would be no point to watch videos. i mean its just a N3ds not a Iphone5 it’s not expected to have all tht great crap on it. its a play system.
    even tho the commercials on tv for the N3ds were false flagg’n. be greatfull to have a N3ds. they couldve stayed with the original DS.

  30. Fuck Nintendo! Y does the Wii get a You-Fucking-Tube Channel When it can’t even browse the Fucking Internet. Even then it costs money to buy it. They should make a Youtube app and MAKE IT FUCKING FREE! As for the language it’s called Freedom of Speech. After all Oz is a free Country. SO GO FUCK YOURSELVES!

  31. fuck come on nintendo make a better ram so we can get flash player, oh and btw im 19 and i live in the middle of nowhere so there are no social places at all so no girls fml

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