Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Dec 2006 17:02 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Opera Software Opera for the Nintendo Wii has been released. "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." Ars has a review. Update: 5 2 screenshots of Opera for Wii rendering OSNews.
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by Schmeggma on Sun 24th Dec 2006 20:33 UTC
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Having played about with Opera on my Wii, I can't say I was overly impressed. It's not very intuitive using the zoom, and the interface overall is quite unwieldy.

The potential for flash minigames is a great thing, however I find the lag on the cursor makes a lot of them unplayable. I've used the wiimote on an iMac with virtually no lag, and it's obvious some interpolation is needed, but it's an issue I wish Nintendo would address system wide. The cursor lag is my only disappointment with the Wii. I imagine the majority of people don't even notice it, though.

Annoyance one: the browser doesn't seem made for 16x9 displays, so I got a black bar at the top of my screen.

That's a bit of a strange comment, especially coming from ars. If it wasn't designed for widescreens, then obviously any prominent black bars would be vertical...

I use an analogue TV card in my PC to run the Wii through, and with overscan turned off, I can see The display huge 4cm borders at the sides and about 5cm at the top (2cm at the bottom), where most Wii channels have very small ~1cm borders on all sides. I imagine this is something relatively easy to change though. (On a ~22" display)

Saving your bookmarks as html and hosting them somewhere could eliminate a lot of on screen typing.

It is, of course, only a beta, and given both both Nintendo and Opera's track records, I'm sure the browser will improve, and make an excellent addition to the Wii.

edit- corrected border sizes.

Edited 2006-12-24 20:44

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