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Review: Wii Opera-powered browser first console-based browser that works intuitively

April 29, 2007

In a review on the Computer and Video Games (CVG) site, the Wii Opera-powered browser (Internet Channel) got a praising review for its intuitiveness and ability to quickly load pages, images and Flash video.

The review mentions some nice things about the browser, though I wanted to make a couple comments on it.

First, the reviewer says: “The PSP browser is much like its bigger brother only slower, and the DS browser, which is also provided by Opera, is agonizingly slow. Fortunately for Wii, Opera got its act together and has come up with a far better browser than we expected.”

I’m not sure what is meant by “Opera got its act together”. No comparison can be made to the Opera browser on the Nintendo DS, where Opera has to work around a total memory limit of 4MB of RAM, to the Wii, which has way more RAM. Running a browser using only 4 MB of RAM truly shows the compactness and efficiency of the Opera browser.

In addition, the reviewer seemed somewhat surprised that their site worked and rendered correctly on the Wii browser. It’s no surprise to me – after all, the Wii browser uses a more advanced version of Opera’s rendering engine than is currently available on the desktop Opera. So if the site works well in the Opera desktop browser, it should on the Wii browser too. It’s the same browser.

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  1. April 29, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Sadly, most people seem to look down on Opera as if it were the hind-end of the browser industry. Since they see Opera as nothing more than a speck on the ground, they tend to be surprised when it does anything good. Unfortunately they also tend to be overly critical when it doesn’t do everything exactly like they want or expect…

    I guess I can understand their point of view. I feel that way about Firefox and Internet Explorer. For me, when it doesn’t act like Opera or render like Opera, it’s not worth using. 😉

    As far as Opera for DS only running in 4MB of RAM, I have to give the Opera devs a hand on that one. No other browser (that I know of) is lightweight enough to run in such an environment.

  2. April 30, 2007 at 1:16 am

    yes, I have to agree with GT500 on that. Opera is looked down upon, which is very frustrating sometimes, like it’s some sort of second-grade browser. Nobody even cares to notice the fact that it’s the safest, fastest, most standard-compliant, and the most full-featured browser around. So the question is… why do people get this impression of Opera?

  3. Martin Hansen
    April 30, 2007 at 3:20 am

    In a somewhat unrelated story:

    I told my brother about Opera Mini a couple months ago, and now he uses it quite a while. Anyway, here the other day he was recalled to the military for a week’s training operation. And in the evening after a hard days work, he went online with opera mini, a perfect situation where opera mini is a life saver. Well what happened is that suddenly everyone in his squad (or whatever) now wanted opera mini too. And he told me the impressions of opera mini was good among the people. I guess this is how opera mini has gotten many users without much active advertising.

  4. KeMiSa
    April 30, 2007 at 11:51 am

    People will continue to look down on the Opera browser as long as there are many websites that sniff out and/or sends broken code to it. This then give users the impression that opera is not working and therefore gripe complain and bash it when it is no fault of Opera ASA.

  5. April 30, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    You mean like nZone’s NVIDIA downloads section? It uses a script that works fine in Opera, but it needlessly sniffs for Opera, and tries to run broken code when it finds it. The result is an empty list of downloads. I found that it works just fine if you set Opera to identify as IE…

    I haven’t reported this one yet. I’m going to do that right now. 😉

  6. May 2, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    The opera browser for the nindendo wii did surprise me positively. I thought it will become another “useless” game system browser, that can not even handle very simple sites – but I have admit i was wrong this time.

  7. robert
    May 17, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    i how come i cant download pics onto my wii using opera

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