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Nintendo Launches Wii Internet Channel, Opera Browser

Nintendo Launches Wii Internet Channel, Opera Browser

December 22, 2006 | By Jason Dobson

December 22, 2006 | By Jason Dobson
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Following the launch of the Wii's Forecast channel earlier this week, officials from Nintendo has announced that the console's Internet channel is now live, as well as the availability of a free trial version of the Opera web browser.

As previously reported, the Internet channel will be free until June 2007, after which it will cost 500 Wii Points ($5) to download. The initial version available this year is described as a beta version, with the final version scheduled for March 2007. Unlike the much criticized Nintendo DS browser, the Wii version of the Opera software will support Adobe Flash and other more advanced online features.

Other features found in the Internet channel include support for AJAX-based applications, such as Google Maps, as well as Intelligent Zoom, which allows users to point the Wii remote at an object on the page and zoom in on that object with the + button. Once zoomed in, the Wii Remote allows users to pan around the page while remaining in zoom mode.

"Opera on Wii adds a new dimension and functionality to a video game console system. It is a unique Web experience that everyone can use, and the Intelligent Zoom feature allows consumers to read Web content on the TV from the comfort of their couch," commented Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. "Whether surfing the Web or playing a Wii game, users of all kinds will find fun, new experiences with Wii."

Nintendo has still not provided an update as to the eventual availability of the Wii's News channel, with content to be provided by the Associated Press. However, an earlier press release had suggested a launch date of January 27 in North America and Europe.


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