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What people are saying about the Wii Opera browser

December 22, 2006

Before I get to what people in the blogosphere are saying about the Wii Opera browser, I’d like to clear up some things. Even though this is a trial version, you will be able to continue using the Wii browser free even when Nintendo starts charging for the browser in June (so make sure you download it before June). The browser is a beta version, and not all features in the final version are ready to use. It supports Flash, JavaScript, and AJAX – so you’ll be able to check your Gmail during commercials and even watch YouTube videos on your TV.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to some initial reaction.

So many people have been waiting for this to arrive, it seems even Opera’s CTO Håkon Wium Lie was up at 2:00AM downloading the new Wii browser (Via Jan Standal — Director Product Management at Opera Software).

Om Malik asks “Are You Ready for the Sofa Web?

Opera’s Chief Web Opener David Storey asks “Is your site ready for Wii?

Ars Technica: “Opera may end up being a selling point for the Wii system; the PS3 has a clunky and unintuive web browser, while the Xbox 360 lacks a browser despite enjoying strong online support in other areas. Not only will Opera bring a stronger web-browsing experience to the Wii than Nintendo’s other two competitors, but the Wii remote should also prove to be a much simpler way to navigate the menus than the PS2 Sixaxis. Couple this with the Wii’s built-in WiFi and you have a surprisingly robust set-top box for easy web browsing.”

BigMouthMedia says “Web browsing from games consoles gets easier”.

Elizabeth Millard from CIO Today says “With the introduction of a browser for the Wii, Opera is likely to get more exposure among consumers who might not use Opera for their PCs, favoring instead the other two major options, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox. The Wii is not the first gaming device to get the Opera browser.”

The Infendo blog says “I can seriously see myself vegging on the couch flicking back and forth between the Net and regular TV to check email and other simple tasks.”

Engadget welcomes Opera to the living room.

The GoNintendo blog says “The creation of a special Web browser for the Wii console might very well be appealing to Wii gamers, but its presence on the Wii might also help expand the appeal of the platform beyond gamers.”

P.S. I have one small request for Wii owners. Could any of you email me a screenshot of the Opera Watch homepage on the Wii? I haven’t been lucky enough to get a Wii yet. Thanks in advance.

Categories: Opera on Nintendo
  1. Peter
    December 22, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    Ugh. Very disappointed. Lastnight when downloading the Opera browser Youtube worked just fine. Upon waking up today, YouTube no longer works (“java script is turned off or Old Flash Player” issue). Google Video works though… hmmm I wonder why…??

  2. BtEO
    December 22, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    First Opera Wii post 😛

    The browser is excellent, apparently trial means a limited GUI.

  3. Anthony
    December 22, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    I think the Opera browser on the Wii is a big mess. Maybe good to check on specific up to date info that needs to be available from the television screen, but not meant to be used as an alternative to computers/laptops for extensive browsing. The only good use I’ve found for the browser is to allow me to quickly check on traffic conditions.

  4. Ticker
    December 23, 2006 at 6:45 am


    YouTube messed up 🙂 Works again now!

  5. Kamalesh
    December 27, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    Wow, Opera on Wii is an awesome trojan horse for those that wouldn’t consider Opera on other platforms.

    Watching Youtube/gVideo on TV is a great freebie benefit that solves taking online video off your laptop screen and onto your big screen (pre-Apple iTV, etc.)…

  6. jay wii oner
    January 3, 2007 at 11:35 am

    dose any one know if nintendo is bringing out a key bored for the wii and if you can download msn

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