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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Opera Wii to Support Flash and AJAX

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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Winkyboy said...

Nice. Putting Flash support on your console gives you thousands of freeware games at your disposal. That'll be good for Nintendo.

Having for a long time used a wireless gyromouse, I'm pretty confident that the Wiimote will be a great mouse replacement.

P.S. Wiitimer ( says I'll need about $400 for everything I want, when it comes time...

Josh said...

I wonder how it will fare on SDTV. I love using the Mac Mini on my 36" RCA - but I don't browse on it because of the resolutions and fuzzy text.

Still, I've got nothing against developing pages specifically to a size if I were to try and do some IF for the Wii.