Wii browser gets full version

Final edition of Opera's Internet Channel offers more functions; available for free from the Wii Store Channel through June 30.

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Wii disc drives glowed an eerily pulsating blue overnight to inform users that a new download was available, as Opera's Wii Web browser graduated from beta to final version. The new version of the browser includes a handful of fresh features and tweaks to existing options aimed at improving users' Web-surfing experiences.

New features include a built-in search function that can be configured to utilize the user's search engine of choice, and a revised scrolling function that lets users "click-and-drag" with the Wii Remote in order to see different sections of a Web page. Nintendo is also touting the browser's faster start-up time, improved ability to keep text legible when zooming in or out, and the ability to hide the toolbar, giving users more space for their Web pages.

The final version of the Wii browser will be a free download through June 30. After that time, it will cost new users 500 Wii Points ($5) to get the program.

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haha it's about to be paid

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Well as I have my Wii hooked up through my PC tv tuner, I realy don't need a web browser, since all I have to do is minimize the TV tuner and browse the net, however I did get it for two reasons: One: Its a novlety Two: FREE!! If I did not have my Wii or was going to get the browser after the 30th, I would not ever pay 5 bucks or ever a penny for this thing, however as it was free, I do have to admit it is interesting, though Opera?? a better browser would be much needed.

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DJ_Lae $5 for a web browser? Sorry, that's just lame. Its not that bad, what else will let you surf the net from your couch. (and don't say a PC hooked into a HDTV-that is like $3K)

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Wii rules

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Captainintendo speaks the truth.

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Just go on the Internet through a computer. Its much better! But....do what u want.

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thats kind of cool after it end its only going to cost you $5 to get the program. Thats pretty cheap. Alot of people are going to be buying the brower

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funny how fanboys are still dissin the ps3... who said you needed to buy it? did anyone hold you at gun point and tell you to buy a ps3? i swear fanboys are nothing but a bunch of zombies out there!

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$5 for a web browser? Sorry, that's just lame.

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Insania_aeger: "It's sad to see Sony's supercomputer getting its head handed to them by a cheaper console like the Wii in such a essential feature. I hope I don't end up with all 3 consoles in the end." Already there... :( What a waste of money... I bought the Wii, and decided I wanted to get the PS3 cause it 'LOOKED' awesome... but it sucks! Biggest waste of $700 ever! The Wii is the best! My bro. owns the 360 though... not me.

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I dont see the point in charging for it AFTER the 30th June

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Blizzard needs to get with Nintendo and make a World of Warcraft for the Wii. The controls are just right and it doesn't require a lot of power for graphics.

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Me=on it now. Pretty good, way better than the slow beta (I'm kinda getting used to typing too). Oh, anyone complaining about no backspace button, hit -

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this sucks.. youtube dont load so well as B4......

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It's sad to see Sony's supercomputer getting its head handed to them by a cheaper console like the Wii in such a essential feature. I hope I don't end up with all 3 consoles in the end.

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Good news, I guess... It'd be a lot better if I could find a Wii for sale anywhere but eBay. I think I'll be lucky to find one before you have to start paying for this browser that I probably wouldn't use anyway...

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What about adding a video playing function to it then i think it would be complete.

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I like the new browser though most stuff could have been added an improved but other than that its pretty cool.

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Well, I got it recently. Not the greatest piece ever, but good to screw around with every once in a while. And yeah, at least YouTube works.

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Spider-Man: The Animated Series streamed through YouTube on my TV makes me forget that it takes forever for the Shop Channel to start up on my Wii. And The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Captain N: The Game Master help, too.

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I wonder if they have that voice thing.

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slow

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From DoubleAAA: "great......now kids can really play with their wees" << LINK REMOVED >>

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Still cant browse gamespot videos on it

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What's next? Wii Porn. That's what's next...

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Wow, the Wii browser was as fast as Firefox on my PC, how can it get any faster? Well it's probably more stable, darn that beta and its frequent crashing.

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great......now kids can really play with their wees

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sweeeTTT...im so in love right now!

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sweet deal, wish i could see it in action

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I wonder how fast is this Wii browser in rendering a web page ? I got NDS browser and, so far, I could say I kind of disappointed. It's slow, painfully slow.

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I just connected my Wii to the internet half an hour ago. Thought I should try to write a comment on Opera, it works really well.

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It is a lot better than the beta... better scrolling... for show...lol

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Still there's no backspace key assigned to a button. You have to point at it in the on-screen keyboard :S

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the best web browser for a console are a hand held ever. Flash doesnt display very well and some youtube videos cant be played because of it. but i knew that it wasn't going to be flawless but good

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yea looking at innapropite content is the only real way id ever see myself using this if i had a wii, besides once or twice just for the novelty of interneting on my wii

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the new browser is awesome!

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Nice, I like the new web browser!

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You miss the point, subrosian, that KSMM was trying to make. Its not about using the console as a replacement for your PC in any way...its about the convenience of having a browser handy to just check something out "on the fly". When I first got my Wii, I didnt think Id have use for the browser since my PC is nearly brand new and blows-past any capabilities a console could have. But, there's a real use to being able to sit on my couch and check the news, weather, or the latest happenings on G4, GameSpot, or my Yahoo Mail all by remote. If I want to actually do anything of substance, yeah Im going to fire-up the PC. But if Im just hanging-out, the Wii browser does the job. This final build, btw, rocks in comparison to the beta!! And, as this article says...I was awaken by the blue light of my system flashing at me in the middle of the night. It was almost a little unsettling because its the first time Ive seen it do that...I didnt think it would be so bright. (Ive reset it to Dim Mode now). Kudos, Nintendo...you continue to impress me with this generation!!

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Non-issue. I've used the Wii browser - not having a keyboard, combined with the low resolution (480p) just make for some pretty poor browsing experiences. I'm sure it is great if you're a kid who doesn't have a computer, and you want to look at cheesecake that you can't look at on the family computer, but other than that it's pretty useless. I can't imagine trying to use AIM Express or the GS Forums on the Wii browser, it would just be so painfully slow.

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The final version of the Wii browser is pretty doggone good. Certain sites that rely heavily on very recent versions of Flash won't display properly, but everything else I tried seemed okay. I like the ability to use the entire display as usable real estate. There's no question that browsing on the PC will remain the superior and standard way of doing things. But that misses the point. (And I'll admit that I didn't understand initially why I would want a console browser either.) But the browser, the news channel, and the weather service all have a while I'm here type of convenience to them. If I want to make an online purchase or reply to e-mail, I'm certainly headed to my PC. But if I'm already at my console and just need to know tomorrow's weather, see the latest headlines, or find out if I have any e-mail I need to respond to, the capabilities of the Wii are golden. I would never have used it to compose this message, for instance, but using it to see what's new on GameSpot is real cool when I've just finished a game of Wii Sports baseball. Certainly, I think the Opera browser on the Wii is better than the browser on the PS3 (which looks terrible in my opinion). But the PS3 does have the advantage of being able to use a full keyboard and mouse, which would make more "serious" surfing possible. Still, it seems like the PS3 browser should be better than the PSP's, and right now it isn't.

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Sexy?

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Wow, $5 bucks is cheap. I'm not complaining though :D

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ohhhh ya is awesome!! ^_^

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Yes, it is way better. But still worthless because 480p just isn't enough smooth navigation.

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It really is better than before that for sure. Some video suport would have been good, but well... what ca nwe expect with the Wii's memory and ram?

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I'm on my wii and just to clear things up if you dl this before june you do ot have to pay! There is also no monthly fee!

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It's neat, but what about running mpegs within the browser? It's sort of crappy knowing you can't watch some simple videos on your tv.

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I was really hoping it'd include USB keyboard support. I can't imagine spending much time with the Wii browser without that feature.

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cool. should be free though.