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Nintendo to give away the Wii Opera browser free until June 2007; More details on browser

September 14, 2006

More details emerged today on the new Nintendo Wii relating to the Opera browser.

The Opera browser will come as an optional download, though no price has been set yet. However, Nintendo will allow the browser to be downloaded free until June of 2007, according to ign.com.

Eventually, you would be able to purchase the browser with the Wii Points (2,000 Wii Points will cost $20).

Chris Kohler from Wired speculates that it’s likely the browser would be free once Nintendo finalizes discussions with Opera.

The browser will also include Flash support, which is an upgrade from the Opera browser for the Nintendo DS. Surfing the web will be done using the Wii Remote (Wiimote).

According to Opera’s Berit Hanson the Wii browser will support all web standards that are included in the Opera 9 desktop browser, including full support for JavaScript and AJAX.

As with the Opera browser on mobile phones and other devices, the browser on the Wii will automatically reformat the webpages to fit the size of the screen, thus eliminating the horizontal scrollbar.

Categories: Opera on Nintendo
  1. OperaUser
    September 14, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    It seems that IGN may have gotten their information from the Japanese Wii site: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/topics/wii_preview/presentation/09.html

    I’m wondering, however, if IGN is correct to assume that the free download also applies to American Wii owners. Of course, I hope it does.

  2. Steve Barker
    September 16, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Out in time for Christmas, 8th December, at £179. From:


  3. Hmm
    September 17, 2006 at 10:43 am

    Where does it say that it will be $20?

  4. Grah
    September 21, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    Will this help to promote Opera on a broader scale? I doubt it. Why isn’t it shipped with it as announced on beforehand? If it is free until 2007, it might as well be shipped with any Wii sold until that time. Even if Wii-Opera will be “completely free”, that doesn’t help much if it is not preinstalled.

    No offense meant to Nintendo, though… they have only eyes for profit… as have most companies these days. A sad matter, though.

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