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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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It works
By Dianoda on 12/22/2006 10:34:09 PM , Rating: 3
I'm using my Wii to post this comment. It works, hooray! Pretty well, too. Typing takes a while, though. This took 2 minutes to produce. That's really slow now that I think about it.

RE: It works
By Goatjoe on 12/22/2006 11:38:27 PM , Rating: 3
Awesome!!! Now, I can surf porn, and play Zelda - all without getting off my couch!!!

RE: It works
By xphile on 12/24/2006 8:28:30 AM , Rating: 3
Oh oh - I see the new product warning label now ... "When frequently combining gaming with surfing porn, please be acutely aware of which you are doing as the Wii-mote is not designed for constant prolonged jerking action and your own joystick may not provide the expected results in Wi Tennis."

And god forbid the unimaginable class action lawsuits...

RE: It works
By bunnyfubbles on 12/23/2006 2:06:22 AM , Rating: 2
too bad there's no mic in the wiimote (only a dinky speaker), I'd think they could have implemented some sort of speech to text dealy

RE: It works
By heffeque on 12/23/2006 10:20:27 AM , Rating: 2
There will be a Mic for the WiiMote later on ;-) Although I doubt there will be any speech recognition for the Wii since they usually need a very powerful CPU, training (memory stick needed in that case), etc. I'd say they could add a keyboard to the Wii in the future to make as one of those WebTV things but better :-D

RE: It works
By ThisSpaceForRent on 12/23/06, Rating: 0
RE: It works
By Bladen on 12/23/2006 3:44:34 PM , Rating: 3
Voice activation and voice recognition (voice to text) are two very different things.

RE: It works
By glennpratt on 12/23/2006 1:06:46 PM , Rating: 3
Can you not plug in a USB keyboard like the 350 or PS3?

RE: It works
By feelingshorter on 12/24/2006 2:36:59 PM , Rating: 2
How do you enter text on the wii? I want to buy a Wii now but its all sold out around here.

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