Nintendo News | Opera Reconfirm Wii Browser Details

By Jorge Ba-oh 26.09.2006 24

Software developer Opera sent us a Wii press release this morning to reconfirm their intentions for Nintendo's living room entertainment hub, the Wii. As previously confirmed by Iwata and various other key figures, the Wii won't initially come with web browsing access but will be available on download.

The company today went on board to confirm that Opera Wii will be available for free until July 2007 via the console's Wii Shop Channel. From July 2007 onwards players must purchase the browser using Wii points (in the same way as downloading virtual console games). The number of points needed to purchase the browser has not yet been confirmed.

The press release notes:

With support for Flash and AJAX-based content such as Google maps, Wii users will benefit from a feature-rich Internet experience that is uniquely customized for the Wii. Opera for Wii boasts the same complete standards support as the Opera 9 Desktop Browser, and includes the added functionality of 'Zoom' and 'Bookmarks'. The Wii remote control will also be an integral part of browsing, allowing users to intuitively control the Web with their Wii remotes.

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USB keyboard support?

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

Doesn't the wii have a usb input? I swear it did?

Hasnt been confirmed either way.

Also, they said it was free till Jan (for Japan, that is).

Id also like to know if video is supported.
It should at least do the format that the photoviewer does (mp4?)

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irfman said:
Doesnt the wii have a usb input? I swear it did?

Yes, but it would need software support for keyboards as well in order to use one.

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

well if the software for keyboard is written in the software : opera then i dont think that would be a problem.

I think it would make sense for Nintendo to have a Bluetooth channel so you could pair your phones and keyboards and stuff to your Wii withough having to go through hardware specific processes. Then you can move stuff from your phone to your Wii and stuff. That would make sense.

Yes.

Bluetooth channel- watch out Smilie

sidar said:
well if the software for keyboard is written in the software : opera then i dont think that would be a problem.

Well yes obviously, but we don't know if it is, which is what I'm asking.

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

AJAX-based content

are they trying to take the piss? why do they need to sink to this level tech buzzword? i'm surprised they didnt spout some bollocks about web2.0 too!

( Edited on 26.09.2006 20:31 by Shagster )


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Are you kidding? AJAX is a major componant of todays internet. (and which many portable versions dont support)

Heck, almost all Googles sites wouldnt work without it.

No Google maps, or none of the advanced gmail stuff.

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Shagster said:
AJAX-based content
are they trying to take the piss? why do they need to sink to this level tech buzzword? im surprised they didnt spout some bollocks about web2.0 too!( Edited on 26.09.2006 20:31 by Shagster )

If they didn't say, people would ask. Think about the audience of press releases from browser companies.

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

i know exactly what it is, and i also know that the word 'AJAX' is the overused buzzword of the day applied to anything "web" to make it sound advanced. its javascript pure and simple, lets not lose sight of that.

( Edited on 26.09.2006 21:15 by Shagster )


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wonderful, Shagster. Have a star for that! Exactly my point!!!

What I am quizzical about is that: Why does Opera will be charged from Juni07 forward? I don't speak about the date, I speak about the thing being not free any longer after a certain date.
Is it an agreement with Nintendo, because of limited money paid to Opera for the deal?
Is it to skyrocket(?) selling of Wii until PS3 launch?
Is it the cost for Opera to maintain it free too long a period?
Is it market-strategy?
I want no 'they are evil, Opera should be free' gibberish, I am really thinking about the why... *scratches head* eek, wood splinters... *g*

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

Shagster said:
i know exactly what it is, and i also know that the word AJAX is the overused buzzword of the day applied to anything web to make it sound advanced. its javascript pure and simple, lets not lose sight of that.( Edited on 26.09.2006 21:15 by Shagster )

Hey, not everyone will know that. Smilie. It does sound pretty funky imo. Hey, its just undergoing amelioration.

EDIT: HAHA! Laurelin! Juni! German! Excellent!

( Edited on 26.09.2006 21:30 by dojo99 )

Hahahalol!!! Until July 2007!? XD

Well, then, I'm gonna get it free! uber cool! Smilie

I think that Flash is supported in this too, I'm also counting on a nice quick connection, t'would be great! Smilie

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Yep very good stuff indeed


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I hate on screen keyboards. I hope they can release a proper one to go in the USB.Even if it's unnofcial like Datels one for the Gamecube.

Marzy said:
I hate on screen keyboards. I hope they can release a proper one to go in the USB.Even if its unnofcial like Datels one for the Gamecube.

Or generic PC ones.

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

I think that they also reconfirmed these points(AJAX, Flash etc.) due to the DS Opera not having those features and also to look up to date with the latest internet compatibility.

Not sure why they are making Opera cost money. Its usually free for all other platforms. I would say that it comes down to a contract between the 2 companies. Doesn't make much sense to me tho.

BTW does anyone know if theres a way to transfer your desktop Opera settings over to the Wii? That would be so convient.

I agree with Darkflame as well AJAX is pretty useful and nifty to have nowdays. Some of the stuff that people can do with it is pretty neat.

( Edited on 27.09.2006 01:39 by Daniel Primed )

Yay!! Youtube!!

I don't even know what AJAX is, unless it's the cleaning stuff. Smilie

I do know what JAVA is, and I want to know if this browser will support it?
If it will, then YAAAY! Smilie

free until July 2007
If it's free it should be free... It's as simple as that. What the hell is happening all of a sudden?

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Prolly because they want it to be a popular thing, I reckon it will stay free if it's popular enough Smilie

Also, good for Nintendo too "Shit! I gotta get my Wii ASAP so I can get Opera for free!" Smilie

But yeah, they'll give it a price if it doesn't do so hot. I think it's just a warning of what could happen. Smilie

Meh, I dunno Smilie

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why its not free?

nintendo have to pay opera's maker you know that right?
sooo to keep the 250 price they took out the opera browser..so they could make the price point 250 dollars........by trying it out till j-2007 ppl would use it, and know that they think it can come in handy...so when its j-2007 they will buy it....

My gift to you Smilie

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