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GigaOm: Will Wii Remake the Web?

April 13, 2007

Wii Opera browserOver at the popular GigaOm blog there’s a great article about the new Wii Opera-powered browser and how Nintendo can possibly become a major player as an Internet hardware company a few years down the road.

The article cites a recent Merrill-Lynch study which estimates that by 2011 an astounding 30% of American households will own a Wii. This means, if that figure holds up, one third of all US homes will have new kind of Web browser sitting in their living room.

It continues by debunking the naysayers who question “who’s going to browse the Web without a keyboard?”

Head over to GigaOm – it’s a great read.

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  1. April 13, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Yes, read that… and agree, huge potential in comfy couch TV and DS surfing …

    Now, going forward Opera must do their part to make it a reality… Do it right, don’t let N b 2 bossy 😉

    (eg. get rid of silly scroll arrows)

  2. April 13, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    I was going to make a comment aout the cost of the Wii browser after the end of June, but thought I’d better search and find out whatt he cost was first…

    £3.50, not bad I guess, so yeah, I suppose it’s likely that most people who have an Internet connected Wii would get the browser for it as well.

  3. sonyx
    April 13, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    s/GigOm/GigaOm:>

  4. April 13, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    sonyx, thanks for the correction.

  5. April 13, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Yes, the Wii will remake the web, and in another way: since the Internet Channel is based on Opera rendering engine, it means that some sites will have to become compatible with Opera (or better, standard compliant!) if they want to be visited by the Wii audience…

    It’s a real benefit for Opera!

  6. Jadd
    April 14, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    The article cites a recent Merrill-Lynch study which estimates that by 2011 an astounding 30% of American households will own a Wii. This means, if that figure holds up, one third of all US homes will have new kind of Web browser sitting in their living room.

    No, it doesn’t mean that. A percentage of that 30% will, and I won’t be surprised if it’s only half of all american wii owners.

  7. Tadaaah!
    April 14, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Way to pull numbers out of your boo-tay, Jadd 😉

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