Developers got together and shared details with the world about their newly finished Wii Opera
browser launching in Japan
really soon, in April. Now, when you hear the word Opera you don't actually think it will be anything like the PC browser, but it's so out of this world that it's strange even for a console Internet browser. Bad news first: multiple Wiimotes
can be directed at the on-screen activity, yet nobody can interact with anything or control anything, as they will only be used to point things on the screen, using this mode.
Now, it's true that Nintendo
did develop the browser based on user feed-back, through information received from beta channel testing. Thus, the final product has the following most important features:
-improved scrolling and zooming with a tremendously advanced text zooming feature;
-faster start up;
-faster load times.
Anyway, the tour offered on the Wii
official US site by the developers' talking Mii heads is full of great screenshots and tips, pretty much like a game booklet that will tell you everything you need to know about that game. And if you were asking: "Why Opera and not some other browser?" Shirakawa, co-developer for the Wii Opera browser sheds some light:
"On a computer, you use software called a browser to view websites, and the Internet Channel
on Wii is based off of a browser called Opera, which is developed by Opera Software. Opera was originally a browser designed for PCs, but seeing how the browser's performance was being noted for its stability and performance on devices with limited features like a cell phone, we decided to go with Opera because we felt that is was suited for Wii." The trial version is already available to download (for free if I'm not mistaking), via Wii Internet Channel, so check it out!