The only confirmed web browser for the Nintendo Wii will be available on the "Wii Shop Channel" for free download until June, when the software will begin selling for an undisclosed price. Supporting Flash and AJAX-based content such as Google maps, the Opera browser will allow users to surf the web with their Wii Remote.-- The Escapist News Room : Opera Web Browser Free On Wii Until Until June, 2007
I'm assuming The Escapist is reading off of a PR statement and not just rumormill mumblevine crop like we saw right after that last Wii media blitz. Both Flash and AJAX is very good news (although Opera's AJAX has always been a bit flaky for my liking). I'm guessing the Wiimote will act just as a mouse, but I'm not sure I'd rely on any other forms of input (keys, scrollwheels) for those looking to game this up. Still, the mouse is a very user-friendly and ubiqitous for of input - so that's not too bad.
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