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Nintendo Releases Wii Browser For Free, Updates Flash 163

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from the price-is-right dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo has released an update for the Wii Internet Channel (a version of the Opera browser). It is now a free download (if you already paid for it, you get a free NES game), and finally supports Flash 9 content after being limited to Flash 7 ever since it was launched in late 2006."
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Nintendo Releases Wii Browser For Free, Updates Flash

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...because you'll need them with all the crashing that browser is going to do. Every browser that runs Flash 9 and up without some sort of isolation or sandbox crashes frequently. I hope it doesn't hard lock the console.

  • Oh this is just great! finally webgames on my wii! woohoo :) to bad the onscreen keyboard is a bit sucky :)
  • Finally useful... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Max Romantschuk (132276) <max@romantschuk.fi> on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @02:24AM (#29282349) Homepage

    ...for watching videos on YouTube?

    Haven't even bothered to install the browser so far, my wife's netbook runs circles around a Wii for couch surfing.

    Actually I'm genuinely curious: Who uses the Wii browser and for what?

    • by IYagami (136831) on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @02:29AM (#29282369)

      http://www.youtube.com/xl [youtube.com] is an easy way to access youtube content from your wii

      Works perfectly in mine with the OLDER version of the internet channel

      • by harrkev (623093)

        My experience with YouTube on the Wii browser is that, yes, it works. However, the videos are a LOT more pixelated compared to the same video on a PC.

    • by Aranykai (1053846)

      10 year old boys trying to see boobies when they cant get around the parental controls on the family's computer?

      • by Fotograf (1515543)
        you are so 90ties. you talk like it is a problem for any kid to access adult or at least exciting material. it is everywhere and they often dont bother too much anyway since chicks in school are pretty adapted as well.
        • by Khyber (864651)

          "you are so 90ties."

          So's your AOL speak. Time to ditch the MC Hammer pants, man.

      • I lol at the ones that can't get past the parental controls on the Wii.
    • by Rogerborg (306625)
      PC ownership in the Far East is much lower than in our decadent Westron cultures. In that market, the Wii browser is up against smartphones, not netbooks.
    • Re:Finally useful... (Score:4, Interesting)

      by interkin3tic (1469267) on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @03:00AM (#29282487)

      It's just like every other feature that is included for free: you don't think you'll ever use it, but once or twice when you actually do you realize it was totally worth the zero dollars you paid for it. I have it because for some reason it was free when they first offered it. I mainly use it for three things

      1. I am playing a game on the 360, need to check gamefaqs for a hint or something, and the computer is being used or I don't feel like bringing the laptop in
      2. -ahem- websites that I don't want to view on my computer, for a variety of reasons
      3. The wii happens to be on and I don't want to start a game but am bored

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by tomhudson (43916)
        Weather channel. Since I leave mine on all the time (unlike the other consoles, the Wii is a power miser, 18 watts peak draw during a game, as opposed to 250 watts), it's quick and easy to get my local weather.

        Or if I need something more up-to-date, open the wii opera browser and go to the latest official forecast, which is updated quicker [weatheroffice.gc.ca].

        • Weather channel.

          For one thing, Wii has Forecast Channel powered by Weathernews, not the real Weather Channel [weather.com], unless you've bookmarked weather.com in Internet Channel. In the summer of 2008, I noticed Forecast Channel wasn't nearly as accurate as The Weather Channel. For another, if you're playing the Wii on a TV that gets cable, you can always pause whatever Wii game you're playing, change the channel to The Weather Channel, and watch Local on the 8s.

          • I don't think the lower case "channel" was a typo. I think it's pretty clear he meant "the wii channel what has the weather" without caring what the official name is.

            "Local on the 8s" is also 7 minutes too slow if you want the weather now (and you can't check weather around the world with a neat spinning globe interface =D). It is more accurate though.

        • Re:Finally useful... (Score:4, Interesting)

          by keytoe (91531) on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @12:47PM (#29288375) Homepage

          Since I leave mine on all the time

          You can leave it on, but be sure you don't leave a disk in the drive. It'll spin constantly and the drives simply are not rated for that much wear and tear. I left mine on (since they imply you should with the presence of all those spiffy channels on the main menu) but didn't think to pull out the disks. 1.5 years later, I'm dumping $70 on a new optical drive that you can really only get from Nintendo.

          • by Deosyne (92713)

            Yeah, went through the same thing. I figure it's the trade-off for not having to spend five minutes starting the console, sitting through the godawfully slow legal screen while hammering the A button, waiting for the disc to finally show up in the game window, waiting for it to do its unskippable noisy thumbnail routing, and then wading through the sea of unskippable splash screens. Nintendo came up with a clever idea for a controller and then proceeded to fuck up every other aspect of the console.

      • by Vexar (664860)
        Game FAQs. Finally, my kid can leave me alone while I'm working, and not ask me to hit 1up.com or somesuch so he can find out how to get that last missile pack for Metroid 3. Thanks, good tip there. Not that he can't do it with the *old* internet channel...
    • by R.Morton (1540993)

      Well I use it for reading Slashdot :), and checking my Emails in between games and the homebrew channel but that is about it mostly play Wii games and Atari 2600 and 7800 games on it Via Razors Emulators.

      other than that not a hell of a lot, but if you can buy the Wii keyboard it makes it a lot easier to surf the web, I got mine for 15.00 at game stop because it did not have a box or manual but it works great.

      R.Morton

      • Re:Finally useful... (Score:4, Informative)

        by richy freeway (623503) * on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @03:52AM (#29282707)
        I just use a wireless USB Logitech keyboard I had lying around. No need to buy a specific Wii keyboard.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by ciderVisor (1318765)

      Who uses the Wii browser and for what?

      We use it to watch web-based videos on the living room telly. That means YouTube, BBC iPlayer, etc. You can also play Flash games on the Wii; YetiSports Albatross Overload is a favourite with us. It can also be useful for the eternal question of "Oh, what's that actor's name, and what else was he in ?"

    • 42" browsing? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by jonaskoelker (922170) <jonaskoelker&gnu,org> on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @05:18AM (#29283097) Homepage

      Actually I'm genuinely curious: Who uses the Wii browser and for what?

      Browsing the web on a very bright 42" monitor is kinda' cool :)

      With a wiimote, it means you'll have neither of: a hot laptop on your ball sack; or a desk between the couch and your TV.

      • by tepples (727027)

        Browsing the web on a very bright 42" monitor is kinda' cool :)

        When TVs that big became popular, VGA and HDMI inputs also became popular.

        With a wiimote, it means you'll have neither of: a hot laptop on your ball sack; or a desk between the couch and your TV.

        My Eee PC doesn't get hot enough to hurt my genitals. And if you eat on the couch, you probably already have a desk of sorts; run a USB cable from a Mac mini (which looks like a Wii) to a hub by the couch, set your keyboard and mouse on the TV tray, and you're set.

      • by Gulthek (12570)

        My wife and I just plugged an old G5 tower into the screen and control it using screen sharing + jaadu vnc on our iPods.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by WWWWolf (2428)

      ...for watching videos on YouTube?

      Haven't even bothered to install the browser so far, my wife's netbook runs circles around a Wii for couch surfing.

      Actually I'm genuinely curious: Who uses the Wii browser and for what?

      YouTube works wonderfully, though YouTube seems to serve pretty low-res videos at the moment (I don't think Wii has the processor power to decode HD videos anyway). So it works, but doesn't look exactly glorious - but still pretty watchable if you squint just right. And in this version, based on cursory testing, the YouTube XL fullscreen mode finally seems to work at tolerable framerate - it used to work nicely in non-fullscreen, but went sluggish in fullscreen. (Incidentally, Flash 7 for Linux suffered fro

      • by RMH101 (636144)
        at a guess...
        Youtube
        BBC iPlayer
        Last.FM

        Some fairly nice free extras right there...
    • by tepples (727027)

      my wife's netbook runs circles around a Wii for couch surfing.

      If you want to watch YouTube on the tube, and you're not ready to splurge on replacing your SDTV with an HDTV, it's easier to find a Wii in stores than a $40 netbook-to-SDTV adapter [sewelldirect.com]. And afterward, you can use the Wii to play video games with friends.

      • Um, I meant I surf with the netbook. I have no desire to hook it up to the TV. Also, that way the TV and browsing don't interfere. :)

        But others did make good points about flash games and video possibilities. I have a Wii so should look into those...

    • Britisher here. I prefer to watch BBC programs on iPlayer on my couch via the TV, rather than my room on the PC or on a little laptop.

      It's just a pity that the update prevents iPlayer from working.
  • My apartment roommates and I just set up a Wii in our common living area 2 days ago, and I was the one to shell out the $10 to buy the browser (leaving us with 500 points left we don't really plan to use at the moment). Had I waited a few more days, we could have gotten it for free. Curses.

    Meh, at least there's a slight compensation =/

    Regarding Youtube, we tried watching some videos but I found the framerate to be very laggy, especially in the full-screen mode. I didn't do extensive testing of Y
    • by tomhudson (43916)
      According to some of the articles I read, you'll get a 500 point credit towards wiiware, so nothing lost :-)
      • by Vexar (664860)
        I thought the guy paid $10 (assuming USD here, sorry), so isn't that 1000 wii points?
  • Wiibserver? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by damburger (981828) on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @03:50AM (#29282699)
    Anyone know if there are any plans to merge Unite into the version of Opera that ships for the Wii? It would be quite interesting if every Wii owner had a lego-brick server in their lounge..
  • !Flash 9 (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @07:21AM (#29283689)

    I am (unfortunately) a Flash dev.

    The new Internet Channel supports Flash Lite 3, not Flash 9. Flash Lite 3 supports all the ActionScript Virtual Machine 1 (AVM1) content that will run on or before Flash 9. However, it does not support AVM2 content -- that is, content created with ActionScript 3 or Flex. ActionScript 3 was released with Flash 9. I don't know of any Flash 9 content that isn't written using AS3/AVM2 -- if you're trying to be backwards compatible (say, you're a corporation, and every 0.01% penetration counts) you're gonna code in Flash 7 or 8 anyway.

    This opens up a bunch of content written with Flash 8, but it still means you're not going to able to use, say, the vast majority of games on Kongregate or YouTube HD. Besides that, the browser has so little memory available to it that any "high end" Flash content is off-limits anyway. This update really doesn't do much for me.

    • by mzs (595629)

      Somebody mod this up.

    • Wii is a SD device (TV speaking) that is completely (and electronically) incapable of showing HD content. So, Youtube HD is non issue.

      If you speak about high end sites entirely designed on Flash, flash shops etc. that won't be really needed on Wii. I can't picture Wii user profile wondering around with that stick and clicking things. They all have PC/Mac/Linux desktops and laptops anyway.

      Think of Wii as a high end smart phone. Like Nokia E90 or N97, they come with Flash Lite 3 too. I think Nintendo thinks a

  • Will we (wii?) ever see the price come down? It has been on the market for almost 3 years now and the price has yet to change.
    • by ookaze (227977)

      Will we (wii?) ever see the price come down? It has been on the market for almost 3 years now and the price has yet to change.

      Then pray for Nintendo's 3 hit combo games to not improve the sales of their console at all. Then perhaps, if they're not still destroying the competition till march 2010, you will have a chance to see a price cut. Scratch that, they would have to be selling the least of the three consoles for Nintendo to do sth about the price.
      BTW, the 3 hit combo games are Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit + and New Super Mario Bros Wii.
      Nintendo expects each of them to sell 10 millions units for the record, and WSR (the only one

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @07:55AM (#29284047)

    Although the updated Internet Channel identifies itself as a v9 Flash Player, it is actually still incapable of playing what anyone considers 'Flash 9 content' such as applications that use Adobe's Flex framework (or indeed anything that needs ActionScript 3).
    It's really 'Flash Lite 3.1' as explained at http://www.adobe.com/products/flashlite/faq/

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Khyber (864651)

      If the software advertises itself as Flash 9, it better fucking be flash 9. Plain and simple.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Ash-Fox (726320)

        If the software advertises itself as Flash 9, it better fucking be flash 9

        Or what? You'll send death threats?

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