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Opera on Wii

The Wiimote goes international

The Opera ninja shows you how to download the browser
Warning: frantic Web browsing may endanger wrist straps

Following the new-found weather forecasting abilities given to the Wii, Nintendo’s new machine is now able to browse the Web with the new Opera browser released today. Instead of using a control stick to move the cursor, the Wii Remote allows the user to navigate in a similar way as using a mouse. Although there is no mouse-wheel that many people have grown accustomed to, users can scroll up and down Web pages by pressing the B button and moving the Remote up and down.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver our browser to Wii and let the world see what Opera is capable of on a game console,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Wii users will enjoy navigating the Web with the flick of the Wii Remote while viewing their favorite content with ease from the TV screen. We are proud of our product and are working hard to make the final version of Opera as revolutionary as the Wii itself.”

Given that the Wii has a maximum resolution of 480p, on-screen text normally meant for computer monitors would be difficult to read on a standard or enhanced definition TV. To offset this, the Opera browser has “Intelligent Zoom” technology that enlarges objects on the page with the + button. Once zoomed in, the Wii Remote allows you to pan around the page while remaining in zoom mode.

“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 browser also offers an on-screen keyboard for text entry, and supports Flash and AJAX applications for sites such as YouTube and Google Maps.

Nintendo is currently offering a free trial of Opera for Wii which is now available for download. The release of the final version of the Opera browser for Wii is currently scheduled for late March 2007. Opera for Wii will remain a free download until June 30, 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.



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Xbox 360 needs this...
By Enoch2001 on 12/22/2006 9:39:27 PM , Rating: 3
Since both PS3 and Wii offer this, I hope Microsoft opens it eyes and adds a browser to the 360. If I can peruse Youtube or Google videos from the comfort of my couch over my 360, that would be hella cool.




RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By MrFluffo on 12/22/2006 10:07:06 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think they will, they keep too much stuff proprietary and locked. They dont have an open mind.


RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By Dactyl on 12/24/2006 5:00:29 AM , Rating: 3
So we can't explore the internet on a 360 until Microsoft develops a proprietary browser?


RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By rudy on 12/22/2006 10:11:28 PM , Rating: 3
they will be stupid not to. Little features like this can win you percentages of the market especially if you can convince people that they may not need to buy a computer, those on a smaller budget will like it. The others probably buy all 3 systems any way so you want to win over the customers that have less money as they determine who wins and loses the console war in a way.


RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By tuteja1986 on 12/22/06, Rating: 0
RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By ZeeStorm on 12/22/06, Rating: 0
RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By rushfan2006 on 12/26/2006 8:39:02 AM , Rating: 2
Does anyone else find it the least bit amusing that this person is comparing peer to peer networks and actual company based game networks in the same category? :)

I had xbox live the first year I had xbox (when it was brand new)...it was nice performance wise...but I cancelled it...I though some online gamers were childish and immature on PC games....well Xbox Live made it perfectly clear to me that the console gaming multiplayer community -- much more immature and childish. So I quit, why spend $50 annually to feel like I'm playing games with my 6 year old nephew all the time?

I long for the day that there are age requirements on networks, and you get a retinal scan to verify age before you are granted access.....now of course age doesn't mean maturity but at least its gonna narrow down the margins of immaturity.



RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By sparks on 12/23/2006 12:21:20 AM , Rating: 2
Why does the Wii browser play YouTube videos full screen better than my PC? I've got an Opteron 175 and a 7800GS.


RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By Thmstec on 12/23/2006 1:32:34 AM , Rating: 5
It is a scaling issue, because you Wii outputs in 640x480 (i or P) the 320x240 videos from Youtube have many fewer jaggies from better scaling. Chances are that you PC's monitor is around 1280x1024 (mine is 1600x1200), so scaling 320x240 video to normal PC resolutions...never turns out well. I bet if you hooked up that 7800GS to the TV your Wii is hooked up to, it'll be identical, if not better on the PC.


RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By AndreasM on 12/23/2006 8:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
I was positively surprised by the Wii's browser, as it actually has flash support! Watching youtube videos from your tv is pretty neat, only problem is that youtube has been cutting back on (copyrighted) content.

Ah well, watching adult swim and the Colbert report from your tv is better than nothing I suppose. (Those shows don't air here in Finland, so no comments about the sillyness of watching tv series through youtube on your tv please :P)


RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By MrSmurf on 12/23/2006 2:00:04 AM , Rating: 3
Internet Explorer on my 360... you should be arrested for putting that thought in my head.


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