Well, I might. Nintendo announced that the Opera web browser will be made available (on its own cartridge, I’m assuming) for $29. They also announced a TV-tuner card.
This got me thinking, with the PSP offering a web browser for free, what makes Nintendo think that they can charge $29 for one? A couple of things, I guess. First, Opera has a history of charging for their web browser (how that business model works when every other browser in the world is free, I have no idea).
Second, the Nintendo DS is pretty much wiping the floor with the PSP (and every other game console, portable or not, for that matter) in sales right now. So they can afford to do whatever they want.
Lastly, the DS doesn’t have an easy way (USB cable) to connect to a PC to update itself with new features like the PSP does. Sure, they could try it over wifi, but do you want to be the guy in charge of tech support for 12 year old kids around the world trying to flash the firmware on their DS over wifi? Yeah, me neither.
So, I guess it makes sense for them to release Opera on a cart. And they couldn’t very well give it away for free. The real question is, will I cave and buy it when it comes out? I already carry several devices on my person at any given time that can browse the web, so Opera on the DS would have to be pretty special. But we all know I have very low resistance to this sort of thing.
Let the betting pool on when I will cave begin!