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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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RE: Xbox 360 needs this...
By ZeeStorm on 12/22/2006 11:16:00 PM , Rating: 0
Xbox Live was one of the worst online networks I've ever seen.. and I've seen quite the numerous. Dated back from the very first Counter Strike networks to grow from there to StarCraft and Total Annihilation to World of Warcraft. Xbox Live is by far, the bottom of the list and most underdeveloped piece of crap I have ever seen. That picture of their XBL datacenter is just BS. Then again, it could be using Windows.. maybe thats why it's so big and still sucks. Oh wait, XBL doesn't even host games because it sucks too much. Go figure.


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.



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