Finally, over a month after launch, those little channel
screens on the Nintendo Wii are becoming of some use. Today, the Forecast
Channel goes live to provide current and future weather information. Provided
by Weathernews, forecasts can be accessed using a text list of cities or by
using the Wii Remote to zoom in on a 3-D interactive globe. See this
blog on Engadget for a
demonstration of the new channel.
As for the Internet Channel, Opera Software announced that a
trial version of its Web browser for Wii will be available on December 22, 2006
free of charge from the Wii Shop Channel.
The final version of the Opera browser will be available at
the end of March 2007, and will be free for all Wii owners to download through
the end of June. After June 2007, the browser will be available for download in
the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii Points.