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

April 29, 2007 7 comments

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.

Categories: Opera on Nintendo

Yahoo optimizes site for the Wii browser

April 23, 2007 7 comments

Yahoo Japan has optimized their search site for the Wii Opera-powered browser.

Wow… even huge companies like Yahoo are paying close attention to the Wii Internet Channel. Other big sites, such as StumbleUpon, have also taken notice of the Wii browser. This is great!

Since I’m not one of the lucky ones to own a Wii, I turned to Firefox and the Tamper Data extension to create the Wii screenshot of Yahoo below. However, for some reason the site is optimized for the Wii, but not for Firefox. It appears to be messed up a bit in Firefox. But that’s the best I’ve got at the moment.

Edit: Robin Zalek, a reader of Opera Watch, was kind enough to make a couple screenshots of Yahoo’s site on the Wii.

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Yahoo’s optimized site for the Wii browser

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Yahoo’s optimized site for the Wii browser

Categories: Opera on Nintendo

AP: Wii Opera browser so simple, even grandma can use it

April 19, 2007 4 comments

Quote from an AP article regarding the Wii Opera-powered browser:

“Nintendo’s Internet Channel, developed by Opera Software, is so simple even your computer-phobic, “Wii Sports”-loving grandma can use it. It has a nice, flexible zoom feature that keeps text readable no matter how big you make it, and it’s easy to bookmark or scroll around pages with the Wii remote. The only drawback is the lack of a keyboard, which makes typing web addresses a hassle.”

Categories: Opera on Nintendo

Why the Wii browser has Flash 7 and not Flash 8 or 9?

April 13, 2007 32 comments

flash.gifOpera’s Haavard just answered on his blog the question many have been asking “Why does the Wii Opera-powered browser come with the ancient Flash 7 and not with Flash 8 or Flash 9?”

The simple answer is that it’s out of both Opera and Nintendo’s hands. If you want to run Flash outside of Windows, Linux, or Mac, you need the Flash SDK (Software Development Kit), which is made by Adobe. As a result, the Flash SDK is needed to run the Wii and Opera’s mobile browser on phones. The problem however is, Adobe hasn’t released Flash 8 or 9 on their SDK, and until they do so, there’s nothing we could do about it.

Categories: Opera on Nintendo

Opera is already seeing fruit from the Wii browser in other areas

April 13, 2007 9 comments

With the much anticipated launch of the Opera-powered Wii browser yesterday, Opera is seeing a positive effect in other areas too, namely with desktop browser downloads and the Opera Community site.

Through Opera’s new Wii browser portal, Wii gamers could easily access the My Opera community site, which resulted yesterday in an all time record high of new account signups for a single day. The MyOpera community site is a place where users can host (for free) blogs, photos, and forums, making the Wii a good place for them to showcase their work.

Another new record for Opera yesterday was with downloads of the desktop browser. According to internal figures I’ve seen, a new record was set yesterday for the number of downloads of the desktop browser on the My Opera community site. There’s a small section on the My Opera site which encourages users to download Opera.

That makes two records in one day. Go Opera!

GigaOm: Will Wii Remake the Web?

April 13, 2007 7 comments

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.

Categories: Opera on Nintendo

Opera's Ev-Wii-where Challenge

April 12, 2007 4 comments

evwiiwhere200×40.pngThe N+ group over on My.Opera is hosting an interesting challenge – take pictures of the word Wii spelled out in public. Read more about it on their blog.

Here are some:

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Photo by DotEd

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Photo by Nuno

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Photo by DotEd

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Photo by Kim