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+ - Opera browser brings web to Wii

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mikesd81
mikesd81 writes "Tehc.Blorge.Com has an srticle about a beta of Opera being available on the Wii. From the article: "Wii owners who are connected and have activated the Wii Shop Channel can download a free beta version of the Opera browser to activate the Internet Channel of the Wii Menu and begin surfing the Web."

Nintendo expects that web access will make the Wii more attractive to non gamers. "This newest Wii Menu channel provides yet another feature to draw non-gamers in," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "All kinds of people already have discovered that Wii is like nothing they have ever tried before, and our red-hot sales reflect this public enthusiasm."

Opera also has high aspects of their browser on the Wii: "Our software brings the power and reach of the Internet to the hottest video game system available," says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President, Devices, at Opera Software. "Wii's unique interface adds a new dimension to our browser, making it a useful tool that the whole family will enjoy operating with ease." The final version of the Opera browser will be available at the end of March 2007, and will be free for all Wii owners to download through the end of June 2007. After June, users who haven't already downloaded the Opera browser can go to the Wii Shop Channel to download it for 500 Wii Points.

According to Nintendo, the Adobe Flash-enabled beta version of the Opera browser puts the Internet right onto owners' television screens and lets them browse with ease, enabling them to check sports scores, plot maps or visit their favorite Web sites. It will be controllable by the Wii controllers."

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