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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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By crystal clear on 12/25/2006 1:48:53 AM , Rating: 2
An interview by Forbes with Opera......

Von Tetzchner chatted with recently about what's next for his company..

How do devices like Nintendo's Wii fit into Opera's future?

We see a tremendous opportunity there. People want to be able to utilize devices and get online. I think adding the browser to the game console is the logical next step, and we're delighted to be working with Nintendo. In addition to that, we're doing devices like the Sony mylo, a small communication device that uses Wi-Fi. We're doing set-top boxes for the home. We're doing in-flight entertainment. Basically anything that could have a need to display data. Our goal is to be on a significant number of those.

What's the weirdest device Opera is on?

The bar code reader is a fairly special kind of device. If you visit IBM's (nyse: IBM - news - people ) labs in Austin, Texas, you'll see us on the refrigerator. There's a few more, but I can't actually talk about all of them [laughs].

All those kinds of things that you're not really thinking that it would have a browser. Anything that has a screen--or doesn't even really need a screen. Through our partner IBM, you can talk to the browser and it will talk back. If you want to be using something like this for a car, you definitely don't want to always be looking have to look at a screen. The great thing about the Internet is that you actually can tailor it for different users.

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