Before purchasing a Nintendo 3DS, you might ask yourself, “does the 3DS support Adobe flash and HTML5 video?” That’s one of the questions I might have asked because I’m always looking for a gaming device that can do much more than play games, and the 3DS just happens to have a built-in Internet web browser in its software. So is it possible to view Adobe flash and HTML 5 video content from the 3DS’s web browser? To answer that question, no, it can not.
I have tried and failed, unfortunately. Not to mention that there are no YouTube applications available for the 3DS via eShop, however, I have heard that there is one available for the Nintendo Wii U. I managed to capture a photo of my 3DS XL when it attempted to view a YouTube video. Instead of viewing the video, it showed me an error message like any device without the Adoble Flash Player plug-in installed. I’m sure you might understand if you have ever tried to view Adobe Flash content from an iPad or Android Jelly Bean device.
( Nintendo 3DS XL trying to view Adobe flash video Via YouTube.com )
The error says :
The Adobe Flash Player or an HTML5 supported browser is required to view video playback. Get the latest version of Flash Player. Learn more about upgrading to an HTML5 browser.
That tells you right off the bat that the Internet browser in the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL are not HTML5 supported web browsers. In addition to that, the web browser does not support Adobe Flash. Therefore, you are unable to view flash and HTML5 video content on the device’s Internet web browser.
Hopefully in the future we get to see a YouTube application for the Nintendo 3DS. You can try downloading the Adobe Flash Player on the system’s SD card to see if it will install, however, do so at your own risk as I have not yet tried it.