Browsing the internet with the Wii browser

By Spencer . December 21, 2006 . 6:45pm

The beta version of the Opera Wii browser is coming online tomorrow, but since it’s already the 22nd in Japan I was able to test it out a couple of hours early. Using the Wii remote to surf the net is simple. You click by pressing the A button and if you want to scroll you have to hold the B button on the backside of the remote. The plus and minus buttons are used to zoom into text and the “1” button quickly brings up the favorites menu. You can surf most websites like Google, Yahoo, Siliconera and Slashdot without any problems except tiny text. You have to get used to browsing around and then zooming into text when you want to read something. Sites like MySpace and Facebook won’t pose problems as long as you don’t mind typing messages with the virtual keyboard. Flickr works, Google maps works, and YouTube works. However, some web 2.0 sites like digg have problems. As you can see in the video digg crashes twice and brings the browser back to the home page. Parts of Apple’s site have problems too and internet radio stations like Shoutcast won’t work either. Remember this is a beta so the internet channel is far from perfect, but you can watch YouTube over it, which already gives the internet channel a huge thumbs up from me.


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  • Veilknight

    Only thing missing now, other than the obvious bugs and kinks, is support for USB keyboards and we’re set.

  • frank

    i wish i could win a wii for Christmas!!!!!

  • Raphael Prado

    I think its a great idea to put the Opera browser on Wii, it’ll make people see the world besides IE, and see that is definitily better.

  • Yvi

    I think it would be cool if Opera added special Wii functionality so that instead of a pop-up blocker, you could just smack pop-ups off the screen like a baseball. That’d make surfing really fun!

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