While flashing red lights are a bad sign for Xbox 360
owners, a flashing blue light is usually good news for Wii owners. Those with
Wii consoles connected to the Internet will wake up in the morning to find
their machines blinking blue with news of the final version of the Internet
The new browser version, which is said to be “more
convenient to use,” features faster start-up speed, better text clarity when
zoomed-in, better navigation with the Wii Remote, built-in Yahoo! or Google
search, option to hide the toolbar, parental controls, new cursor animations
and sounds, expanded security options and more.
Support for the new Internet Channel will first have to be
enabled via a system update, after which the user can browse to the Wii Ware
section in the Shop Channel to download the new software.
“Opera on Wii adds a new dimension and functionality to a
video game console system. It is a unique Web experience that everyone can use,
and the Intelligent Zoom feature allows consumers to read Web content on the TV
from the comfort of their couch,” says Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo
of America. “Whether surfing the Web or playing a Wii game, users of all kinds
will find fun, new experiences with Wii.”
The Internet Channel software will remain a free download
until the end of June 2007. After June 30, Opera will be available for download
from the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii points. Users who download Opera before
June 30, 2007, can continue to use the browser at no cost for the lifetime of
the Wii system.